Shelf Control, a feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies every Wednesday is all about celebrating the books waiting on one’s TBR. It involves simply posting about one book on your TBR and telling everyone a little about it, when and where you bought it, and what makes you want to read it.
This is my second week participating in this feature, and the book that I’ve chosen to share this week is Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.
Subtitled, ‘A Story of Three Children on the Stage’, this one tells us of three orphan girls adopted by the same family, Pauline, who longs to be an actress, Petrova, who loves playing with cars and engines, and Posy who is happiest dancing all day long. They try to help their new family by joining the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training, and vow to make a name for themselves. But little do they realise just how much hard work, and practice, practice, practice it will take. Published in 1936, this was a runner up for the inaugural Carnegie Medal. Illustrated by the author’s sister Ruth Gervais.
My edition: The 70th anniversary edition by Puffin books (it doesn’t specify the year).
When and Where I bought it: This was last year, from a second-hand online book shop.
Why I want to read it: Because I have read so so much about Streatfeild and about this book in particular. Because it sounds like a wonderful children’s story (which are especial favourites of mine), and because this isn’t a fairy tale but a story of real life where things aren’t always easy.
Interesting fact: I remember hearing of the ‘Shoes’ books in You’ve Got Mail, but what I learnt much later was that all of Streatfeild’s writings weren’t ‘Shoes’ books. Ballet Shoes was so popular that many of her subsequent books were titled ‘shoes’, though their original titles were very different, and they have no connection with Ballet Shoes (except that they all come from Streatfeild’s pen, of course).