Movie Shoes

Movie Shoes Life is tough for the Winter family in London with little money and Dad out of work Luckily Aunt Cora comes to the rescue with an invitation to live in California From that moment on talented Rachel

  • Title: Movie Shoes
  • Author: Noel Streatfeild
  • ISBN: 9780440458159
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life is tough for the Winter family in London, with little money and Dad out of work Luckily Aunt Cora comes to the rescue with an invitation to live in California From that moment on, talented Rachel and Tim dream of stardom in America The family couldn t be surprised when a movie producer picks plain peevish Jane for the lead part of Mary in The Secret Garden NoLife is tough for the Winter family in London, with little money and Dad out of work Luckily Aunt Cora comes to the rescue with an invitation to live in California From that moment on, talented Rachel and Tim dream of stardom in America The family couldn t be surprised when a movie producer picks plain peevish Jane for the lead part of Mary in The Secret Garden No one s ever noticed Jane before Could this be the chance of a lifetime Alternate Title The Painted Garden

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    • Noel Streatfeild

      Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children s books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William Bill , Joyce who died of TB prior to her second birthday and Richenda Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St Leonard s Ladies College in 1910 As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater During the Great War, in 1915 Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier s hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two plays with her sister Ruth When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in 1916 she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal At the end of the war in January 1919, Noel enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Art later Royal Academy in London In 1930, she began writing her first adult novel, The Whicharts, published in 1931 In June 1932, she was elected to membership of PEN Early in 1936, Mabel Carey, children s editor of J M Dent and Sons, asks Noel to write a children s story about the theatre, which led to Noel completing Ballet Shoes in mid 1936 In 28 September 1936, when Ballet Shoes was published, it became an immediate best seller.According to Angela Bull, Ballet Shoes was a reworked version of The Whicharts Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, 1936 At the time, the plot and general attitude of the book was highly original, and destined to provide an outline for countless other ballet books down the years until this day The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong.In 1937, Noel traveled with Bertram Mills Circus to research The Circus is Coming also known as Circus Shoes She won the Carnegie gold medal in February 1939 for this book In 1940, World War II began, and Noel began war related work from 1940 1945 During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories On May 10th, 1941, her flat was destroyed by a bomb Shortly after WWII is over, in 1947, Noel traveled to America to research film studios for her book The Painted Garden In 1949, she began delivering lectures on children s books Between 1949 and 1953, her plays, The Bell Family radio serials played on the Children s Hour and were frequently voted top play of the year Early in 1960s, she decided to stop writing adult novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in 1963 She also had written 12 romance novels under the pen name Susan Scarlett Her children s books number at least 58 titles From July to December 1979, she suffered a series of small strokes and moved into a nursing home In 1983, she received the honor Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE On 11 September 1986, she passed away in a nursing home.

    273 thoughts on “Movie Shoes

    • This is one of those books that you need to read as a child to experience what the author intends.I am sure I d have loved it if I d read it at 10 A family in need of money given the chance to travel to Los Angeles, away from rationing and towards adventures in dancing, radio and Hollywood It s wish fulfilment at its peak Eldest child Rachel wants to be a dancer, and meets Posy Fossil from previous book Ballet Shoes to the delight of readers I would guess Youngest Tim is talented on the piano an [...]

    • Wonderful read, and very unexpected too I d forgotten just how great her other books are and I m so glad I gave this a chance The writing is sweet and warm and the children s adventures are full of wonder The Christmas scenes in particular really moved me, and the beginning of the book, about the family s first steps in America, is hilarious I enjoyed this very very much and I can t wait to read and reread of her work.

    • This felt like a slightly different Streatfeild book Of course, it s also I think the first one I ve read for the first time as an adult But, mostly, it s that it s about the untalented sibling And, unlike characters like Petrova, she is not happy being untalented Which I thought was very realistic She s written with sympathy, but the narrative still make it clear the poor girl isn t that talented, despite the movie role Anyway, it just felt a little less fun, I guess But you get to see adult F [...]

    • Better known as Movie Shoes, this story follows the three Winter children from their London home to the shores of Santa Monica in order for their father to recuperate from a nervous breakdown in the warm climate of his sister s home Like in Ballet Shoes a favorite of mine as a girl , the youngest and the eldest children hold the recognizable talent and looks in the family and the middle child is prickly and difficult.The story opens with Tim, Jane, and Rachel eavesdropping on the doctor s conver [...]

    • In this story, the Winter family moves from England to the US for six months so that the father can recover from an accident in the nice southern California weather Coming from war ravaged London where food is still rationed even though the war WWII has been over for a couple of years, the Winters bask in the sunshine and the unlimited fruit and butter.The eldest child, Rachel, is a ballet dancer at Madame Fidolia s school, of course , and the youngest, Tim, is a talented pianist Jane, the orner [...]

    • The very worst Streatfield I have ever read None of the characters is remotely sympathetic, and I didn t feel at all empathetic with any of the three self involved children Tim was obnoxious, Rachel oblivious and Jane flat down unpleasant Their parents just kind of hang around waving their hands admiringly and saying, Well honey if that s what you want to do, go for it The Americans are cardboard did Streatfield ever visit America with stupid made up sounding names like Sneltzworther and serious [...]

    • This was probably my least favorite Shoes book growing up, because Jane is a difficult character to read about This is a Streatfield novel, so the story starts with quite a set of coincidences her father is ill and the doctor says he must get out of England for the winter his sister lives in Santa Monica Jane is wandering around Santa Monica when she finds a lost dog, whose owner is a movie producer looking for a Mary for his The Secret Garden Jane gets the part because she s British and emphati [...]

    • A typical Streatfeild family feature in this book a gifted ballet dancer, a talented musician, and an irritable un artistic middle child The family have the chance to spend the winter with a relative in California, and the middle child gets a chance to shine Family dynamics push this book forward a lovely gentle read with humour and moving moments Most of the story takes place in California, with some mildly amusing scenes as they try to adjust to American culture and language, and discover that [...]

    • During the summer I was eight, I chose this for the plane ride to my grandparents And even though we went to the library at least twice a week, I read it over and over again Not only does Streatfeild give the perfect shout out to The Secret Garden, she brings back the Fossils I still get excited when Rachel has lunch with Posy and Pauline.Aunt Cora is one of my favorite Streatfeild characters She s so selfish and whiny, and her type doesn t really appear in any of the other Shoes books I didn t [...]

    • The painted garden is a heartwarming book and was recommended to me by my mother It can occasionally be dry and boring but is normally engaging It explores the theme of self discovery It is about the Winter family, mainly the middle child, crabby Jane, and their adventures during their trip to America.

    • Another one of the great Shoes books Noel Streatfeild used some of the knowledge from her own life to look at things most children s writers excepting the greatest ones, the folk and fairy tale creators don t work, money, and envy I read this one several times sixty years ago and remember it in detail The great ones leave indelible memories.

    • I like the Winter family even truculent Jane , and I love reading about their adventurous journey to Hollywood they travel across America in a train I am so jealous It s one of NS s best stories, and we get to meet Sylvia, Nana, Pauline and Posy again, and hear about what Petrova is up to My Puffin edition is also illustrated by Shirley Hughes, just line drawings of course, but beautifully done.The descriptions of film making are fascinating but so are the descriptions of America, and family lif [...]

    • I actually read my mother s original copy of The Painted Garden, published in England in 1949, and I read it to my 11 yr old daughter We both enjoyed it very much The edition we read does contain stereotyped dialog for different characters, which some modern readers may object to But I thought it did a good job of describing how this post war English family reacted to the abundance and affluence of southern California I also appreciate how many of the characters are less than perfect Streatfeild [...]

    • Reading the British version, The Painted Garden, which has some significant differences from Movie Shoes.So the major things cut out, from what I could see, were detail about America and some key stuff about Bella the black servant and the Antonios The dialogue for them was VERY stereotyped, and there were a few things about Aunt Cora not wanting the Antonios around her that I don t remember from Movie Shoes.It s funny to me that I love Jane so much in this book, since Rachel is the ballerina a [...]

    • I read Streatfeild for her marvellously eccentric style and her authentic feeling child s eye view and sometimes, like this one, because her books are total time capsules The bit where the children get told they re now foreigners is priceless Also the bits where they experience ice cream sodas and strawberry milk for the first time The world has moved ON Um, avoid if you dislike one dimensional portraits of non white or non English speaking people that is, I do dislike but I can skate over in th [...]

    • I ve read this book so many times, the cover has fallen off, and the pages are yellowed from being outdoors and traveling across England when I was in elementary school But it s fantastic It s a brilliant portrayal of life for young children in England during the war coming to California, and then trying to adapt Noel Streatfeild is a wonderful storyteller, and The Painted Garden is, in my opinion, her best It s the perfect step back in time.I had to buy this in London, at a book shop that only [...]

    • I wanted to love this one than I did, since it is partly about the making of a movie version of The Secret garden However, it is a victim of Streatfeild s writing the principle child in the story is such a wretched little brat and there doesn t seem to be an epiphany parallel to Mary s that it makes this one less fun to reread than some of her others That being said, I was still glad I read it.

    • Not nearly as good as Ballet Shoes or Dancing Shoes, primarily because, while the two oldest children are likable, and the father is a sympathetic character, everyone else is fairly horrid And we re supposed to come to like Jane, and really, I just wanted to smack her, even as a child, throughout most of this Still, I would have given this a 3.5 if that option was available.

    • I have always loved Noel Streatfeild s books and as a child I got my library to ILL them for me or hunted through second hand book stores to find all of them She tells the perfect girls stories I was always able to find one character in each book that was my favorite They definitely stand up to re reads.

    • bought for Mom on ebay, 3.38 shipping Also, this is not the correct edition.Title The Painted Garden A Story of a Holiday in Hollywood Puffin Books Author Noel StreatfieldPublisher Puffin BooksBinding PaperbackPublisher Date 29 01 1976Item Condition used goodISBN No 0140301577SKU No W3 L1 R072A 04915

    • A fabulous companion of sorts to The Secret Garden about a grumpy, awkward middle child named Jane Winter who ends up starring in a film version of it It s interesting to consider them side by side to see how dramatically children s literature changed in a relatively short period of time and for the record, I also love The Secret Garden.

    • A beautifully written book about life in California and working in a movie as a child actor in the early 1950s I love how Noel makes the characters imperfect but understandable, never a caricature, and how none of them is forced to become nice so there can be a happy ending This would make a great Miyazaki movie.

    • Not as good as Ballet Shoes, and yet, I found the story of the children very compelling The narrative is very similar to Ballet Shoes, but played out against the backdrop of Englishness in the USA I enjoyed seeing the country described through English eyes Having Posy turn up was especially nice.

    • I ve loved Noel Streatfeild since I discovered Ballet Shoes, my favorite book of all time, at age 9 It s always a joy to find a new Shoes book, as most of them are out of print in the US this one wasn t my favorite of the series, as the British setting of the others was always part of the magic and the non English dialects were truly dreadful but still a pleasant read.

    • When I was a child, I never really thought about how strange it was that Bee s school friend moved in to help her raise her family Now that I m an adult and have read Savage Love a time or two, it seems kind of polyamorous.

    • I like it but probably would have loved it had I read it or other books in the series as a child My rating falls somewhere between three and four stars I like to think I ll find the time to read Ballet Shoes soon.

    • I liked Jane, the girl who was in the movie This is my second and last Streatfeild I m just not enthused enough about the writing I am too old to get these books, I think There s not enough time any I wish I liked em better, but they strike me as sweet and stale as day old cakes.

    • It was recommended to me by as Movie shoes, then Marineke recommended this as a book by the same author, but it s the same book So now I want to read all the other shoe books as well I think this is the series Meg Ryan is explaining about at the Fox bookstore in You ve got mail

    • Once again a rags to riches story This one left me extremely envious as I often fantasized about a Hollywood producer one day discovering me and casting me on the spot I ve yet to see my name in lights.

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