The Painted Garden

by Noel Streatfeild

On Sale: 22/07/2019



About the Book

A classic story from beloved author Noel Streatfeild, set in the film studios of California in the 1940s. Perfect for children aged 9+ and for all fans of Ballet Shoes and The Secret Garden.

Jane is the plain middle child in the Winter family. Beside her older sister, a talented ballet-dancer, and her little brother, a piano prodigy, Jane feels completely unnoticed – by everyone but her pet spaniel, Chewing-gum.

When her family suddenly leaves London for California and poor Chewing-gum must stay behind, Jane is heartbroken. But her luck changes in the bright new world of America: she is unexpectedly cast in a Hollywood movie of The Secret Garden! Could this be Jane's chance to shine at last?

Featuring much-loved characters from Ballet Shoes.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008324186
  • ISBN 10: 0008324182
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 22/07/2019
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 14.99 AUD
  • Age: From 8 years


Mary Noel Streatfeild was most famous for her children's books including Ballet Shoes. She was born in Sussex, England, the second of three daughters of a local vicar. Her life is described in three semi-autobiographical novels: A Vicarage Family, Away from the Vicarage, and Beyond the Vicarage. Noel was considered the 'plain' sister in her family, but she shone in performances with her sisters for charity. Upon reaching adulthood she sought a career in theatre, and gained ten years of experience as an actress, working for the Charles Doran and Arthur Bourchier companies. Her familiarity with the stage was the basis for many of her popular books for children, which are often about children struggling with careers in the arts.Ballet Shoes has a number of connections to other Noel Streatfeild books and short stories. What Happened to Pauline, Petrova and Posy is a short story in which we are told a little about the way things turne

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