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Publisher's Summary

Three orphans are forced to enter a theater school by their grandmother, a famous actress. Unable to pay the tuition, they are given scholarships from the now-grown orphans from Ballet Shoes. Will they be able to live up to their patrons' legacies? The children are ready to run away - until they discover their hidden talents.
©1945 Noel Streatfeild (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Elizabeth Sastre does a marvelous job of capturing the gentle innocence of the youngsters during such a tumult." (School Library Journal)

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unabridged???

this is one of my favourite books, and has been for over 20 years. so i was really pleased to find an unabridged recording. except, some of my favourite lines were missing. its possible of course that they never were in the american edition of this book, but i can't really see why that would be. what there was was good, other than hannah's own words in the hymns being unaccountably spoken rather than sung (the narrator obviously knew the tunes), which lowered the humour. but to leave out mark's description of his voice as a long grey man with a feather in his mouth seems a little strange.

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We LOVE this book!

We listened to Ballet Shoes a couple years ago and LOVED it. This one is just as good! We have listened to both many times and still throughly enjoy them! The plot is interesting, the characters very entertaining and likeable, and the overall effect is charming. And Elizabeth Sastre is a very talented reader! We would strongly recommend this book to anyone.

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Best book ever!<br /><br />

It's very fun. "theater Shoes "is about three Children who's mother is dead and ther father is missing. They go to ther grandmother in london, the eldest show telent in acting,the second has a remarkable Voice, eCt. eCt. I Won't tell the Whole StOry here. I would Spoil the whole
story. yOu sould hear it. enjoy!(Sorry about the spelling and grammer)

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Great book, great performance!

Would you consider the audio edition of Theater Shoes to be better than the print version?

It's hard for me to choose. The audio version brings it to life, for sure. But I also have the book and it's enjoyable to curl up with on a rainy day.

What did you like best about this story?

Just the whole theme. The performing arts school, the children dealing with a very new side of their family. There was so much to love.

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Sastre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, all the audiobooks in the Shoes series and I absolutely love her voice in all of them. This one's the same, full of emotion and life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! And I've done so many times, just like with the other books in the series.

Any additional comments?

I just love it. Don't hesitate, get it. A nice story to listen to whether on a road trip, taking a relaxing break, or just want a short story to read. I only wish there were more!

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Incredible

This book is incredible my daughter has listened to it 4 times and also loves ballet shoes and dancing shoes.
Miss streatfield did a amazing job with this book I would definitely recommend all of her other amazing books.