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Ballet Shoes for Anna

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Three children, having lost their parents in an earthquake, come to England to live with their prim uncle and feeble aunt. Anna lives only to dance - but her uncle forbids her to have anything do with ballet. How will she survive?
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 2nd 1998 by Collins (first published October 1972)
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Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about three children - Francesco, Gussie and Anna - who are taken from Eastern Europe to England to live with their Aunt and Uncle. Unfortunately they disapprove of dancing, yet Anna is determined to be a ballet dancer. The book revolves around the children's gradual adaptation to British life, and also Anna's persistence in needing to find ballet classes and a teacher who will take her seriously.

As ever with this author's work, the children are delightful - a mixture of good and ba
Feb 06, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Another book dedicated to dancing by Noel Streatfield, ballet shoes for Anna follows the lives of three siblings. The youngest sibling, Anna has a rare talent for ballet which is developed by her grandfather who used to be a ballet teacher. A freak accident kills their parents and grandparents and they are sent to London to live with their uncle and aunt. Unfortunately for the children their uncle does not like children and believes dancing to be foolish and bans Anna from having dancing lessons ...more
Miriam Joy
It's funny how relevant a story like this is in today's world. Here we have three children: with a Polish mother and a British father, they were born in India, Iran and Turkey respectively. They've travelled all their life and now, orphaned by an earthquake, they're refugees in Britain trying to make sense of a life totally unlike the one they left behind. Anna's a talented dancer, or will be if she has the training, but in a world where being given a home is expected to be enough, that's not an ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 15, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melodrama! Oh, the poor, poor orphans! This isn't quite up to par with Streatfeild's best writing but is still a decent, if over dramatic, tale of orphans who overcome tragedy. Having lived a gypsy-type life with their Polish mother and British father, who ran away from his stiff upper-lip family to pursue a career as a painter, three children are devastated when all their living European relatives are killed in an earthquake in Turkey. Rescued by a British Lord, they are taken to live with the ...more
Hidayah Ramlan
The three children had been orphaned after their parents and grandparents died from terrifying earthquake along with the village. It's just vanished as if it was never existed.

So the children was led by Sir William and they were sent to live with their cheapskate paternal Uncle, Cecil from Britain. The children hate their Uncle but shows kindness towards their Aunt, Mabel.

They made friends with Wally (his parents sell clothes etc) and their twin neighbour, Jonathan and Priscilla.

Anna, the younge
Lauren Martinez
Jul 23, 2016 Lauren Martinez rated it liked it
Having previously read and enjoyed White Boots, I was looking forward to reading more of Noel Streatfeild's work. Although there was nothing particularly wrong with Ballet Shoes for Anna, I found myself slightly disappointed at the abrupt and slightly 'lack lustre'. I was looking forward to seeing the relationship develop more between the children and their aunt and uncle. I found myself wanting to see more of Aunt Mabel's character, perhaps she would make a positive change and become a stronger ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 13, 2015 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: dance
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May 13, 2014 Paige.s rated it it was amazing
Ballet shoes for Anna, is a heartwarming, slightly teary story about three siblings who become orphans after a Turkish earthquake. They are sent off to their nearest relation. Anna the youngest of them all has her heart set on becoming a ballerina. The only thing that stands in her way is……………………
There uncle did not approve of dancing so, with the help of her brothers and their friend Wally, will Anna’s earthquake inside of her finally stop.

Jun 17, 2014 Sharlene rated it really liked it
As with many of Streatfeild’s books (at least those I’ve read), the children are the victims of unfortunate circumstances. In the case of Anna, Francesco and Gussie, an earthquake takes away their family, destroys their village. And they find themselves in England under the care of their uncle, a mean-spirited man who wants nothing to do with them and hates that he has to spend his money on them. His wife though is sweet and concerned but always puts the husband first. So the boys, with the help ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, re-read
A favourite childhood book but I did not enjoy reading it as much recently. Perhaps as a child studying ballet I could relate well to Anna's obsession and struggles. It had a certain amount of charm but the ending I found far too abrupt.
Sep 25, 2016 May rated it liked it

Earthquake changed her life
but Anna perseveres in
her desire to dance.
Hannah Harvey
Jul 24, 2012 Hannah Harvey rated it liked it
This book was just OK for me, I don't know if it's because this book is a children's book, or if it's simple not for me, but I didn't find it that brilliant.
There were parts of it which I did like, and it was a quick and easy read, but overall it wasn't brilliant and I wouldn't read it again. I especially didn't like the ending.
I read Ballet Shoes a while ago and I liked it, so I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations.

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Sep 09, 2009 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: ballet
Anna and her two live with their grandparents in a small village in Turkey which is devastated by an earthquake. When the beloved grandparents are killed, the children are sent to live with a severe British uncle who refuses to allow Anna to take dancing lessons. Her brothers Francesco and Gussie are miserable too, until they unexpectedly find help. As with many of Streatfeild's books, one learns about an art as well as the characters. Not as much fun as _Ballet Shoes_, but an entertaining story ...more
Clayster The
Sep 24, 2016 Clayster The rated it it was ok
Wasn't the best book, but had a good time reading it.
Apr 24, 2016 Dora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first real book I've ever read. I don't really remember much about it, I know it had a girl who loved to dance ballet, but I'm giving it a 5 because I trust my 8-year-old self who thought this was an amazing book (and because nostalgia washes over me every time I see it on the shelf)!
May 12, 2013 Webcowgirl rated it it was ok
This is probably the weakest Streatfield I've read - the accents for the Turkish/English children are painful to read - but I enjoyed it enough. It also has the most bad things happen in it - deaths, plus very naughty children - so it wasn't quite the relaxing read I was hoping for.
Nov 13, 2011 Siân rated it really liked it
A simple yet sweet tale of three children who, after an earthquake which destroys their home and family, are left clinging to the only things they know: they must behave at their uncle's house, they must stick together and Anna must learn to dance. A lovely little book.
Aug 25, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-library
Well written but nearly all the characters seemed a bit improbable.
Dec 31, 2009 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
its a great book but was a challenge. Thats because the printing was small. But still it was very interesting how the older sister was into witch craft.
Short, simple, sweet; a charming but brief story - typical Streatfeild but less flowery than some.
Aug 18, 2008 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any girl looking for a little light reading.
Recommended to Victoria by: Lauren
This was good for light reading a very cute book and good storey line.
May 31, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is a great story about about a girl named Anna.
Su Ann
Aug 13, 2011 Su Ann rated it it was amazing
Anna is just like her father. sweet story that touched my heart.
Jul 29, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
This was a really sweet book.
Not Noel's best work
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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 p ...more
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