Dancing Shoes


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When their mother dies, leaving them orphaned, Rachel and Hilary are sent to live with their aunt, who runs a troupe of dancing girls -'Mrs Wintle's Little Wonders'. Hilary, a talented dancer, settles there immediately and loves the chance to dance every day. Rachel finds it more difficult to fit in. She's also got another worry on her mind. Her mother's dying wish was for Hilary to attend the Royal Ballet School. But Hilary seems to have other ideas!

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Debi L

Apr 23, 2011

Noel Streatfeild's favorite approach to writing is to tell a story of orphans who must struggle to overcome the problems they face and go on to improve their lives. In this book, Rachel and Hillary are two little girls who, after the death of their Mother, must go and live with their Aunt Cora and her family. Aunt Cora runs a school for children who aspire to dancing on stage and Rachel has no interest in being a dancer. Hillary, her younger sister, is indeed a dancer, but her forte is classical ballet and it was the wish of her mother that she become a prima ballerina.
The girls have their ups and downs, but the "meat" of the story is in their dealings with their often insufferable Aunt and her snooty little daughter Dulcie. What reader hasn't had the desire to give Auntie and Dulcie a good smacking?
As always, the heroines of the story triumph over adversity, with the help and advice of sympathetic adults and their own gumption. This book is a good read, and an interesting look at the lives of children who perform on the stage.

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