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Noel Streatfeild


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

Works by Noel Streatfeild
The Growing Summer The Painted Garden White Boots Ballet Shoes for Anna (Essential Modern Classics)
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