Ballet Shoes
Series: Ballet Shoes - book 1 of 3
Published: 1936
Publisher: Dent

Synopsis: Adopted as babies by great uncle Matthew, Pauline, Petrova and Posy lead a sheltered life until the money runs out, and then everyone has to do something to make some more. But what can three small schoolgirls do to help?


First Edition

Ballet Shoes (novel)

Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage is a children's novel by Noel Streatfeild, published by Dent in 1936. It was her first book for children, and was illustrated by the author's sister, Ruth Gervis. Diane Goode illustrated a 1991 edition published by Random House.

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Main Characters
Pauline Fossil
Petrova Fossil
Posy Fossil
Garnie (Sylvia Brown) Gum's great-niece
Main Family
Other Characters
Winnifred student at the academy, poor and plain
Madame Fidolia Runs the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training
Theo (Miss Theodora Dane) Boarder and dance teacher at the Children's Academy of Classical Ballet
Mrs Simpson Boarder
Mr Simpson Boarder
Dr Smith Boarder and retired teacher of maths
Dr Jakes Boarder and retired teacher of literature
Nana (Alice Gutheridge) Sylvia's nurse
GUM (Great-Uncle Matthew Brown)

Films of Ballet Shoes


2007Ballet Shoes Parental guidance 6.7 Rotten Tomatoes - Fresh Created with Sketch. 100

The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London.

85mDirector: Sandra GoldbacherWriter: Noel Streatfeild (novel), Heidi Thomas (screenplay)Actors: Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Emma Watson, Yasmin PaigeLanguage: EnglishAwards: 2 wins & 1 nomination.Genre: Drama, FamilyFormat: movieUK


1975Ballet Shoes 8.2

Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer.

120mActors: Angela Thorne, Jane Slaughter, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah PrinceLanguage: EnglishAwards: Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win.Genre: FamilyFormat: seriesUK

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