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Pirouette: Ballet Stories

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Themes such as friendship, rivalry, disappointment, and success run through these tales about dance and dancers. There are autobiographical contributions from famous prima ballerinas such as Margot Fonteyn, as well as stories by popular writers such as Cynthia Voigt, Noel Streatfeild, and Michelle Magorian. This artfully chosen anthology will delight any dancer or fan of t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Kingfisher (first published 2008)
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Apr 30, 2014 Onysha rated it liked it
A collection of stories directly and loosely related to ballet. Entertaining at best.

Two of the selections were memoirs of famous ballerinas, the rest were fiction. Best ones are "Rehearsal Revenge," "Pulling Up the Old Socks," "Ugly Feet are Beautiful," "Wartime Ballet," and "Pauline Learns a Lesson." Both the memoirs, "Pulling Up the Old Socks" and "Wartime Ballet," are the best bits. "Rehearsal Revenge" is fun but immature. "Ugly Feet are Beautiful" is a feel trip. "Pauline Learns a Lesson" i
Apr 28, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing
It's really for kids, but who cares? This is a collection of short stories and excerps from novels chosen by Harriet Castor, author of the Ballerina series. Each is an inspiring story of children falling in love with dance for the first time, or realizing they want to dedicate their lives to becoming professional dancers. It's a great book for anyone who enjoyed dance classes as a child.
Jan 18, 2013 Muphyn rated it liked it
It's a good mix of short ballet stories though I didn't find all suited to children as some had more of an adult focus (e.g. "Pulling Up the Old Socks" or "Wartime Ballet").

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Samantha and Lizinka
Rehearsal Revenge
Pulling Up the Old Socks
Lucy Jane and the Russian Ballett
Ugly Feet are Beautiful
Summer Camp
The Greatest
Wartime Ballet
Swan Mother
A Proper Little Nooryeff
And Olly did too
Trouble with Salvatore
Maybe next year
Pauline learns a lesson
Jan 02, 2015 Danika marked it as dnf-to-read
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I read this a long time ago but I hardly remember how I liked it or anything so I'm not giving a rating.

September 11, 2013: Since it was so long ago, I decided to pick up this short collection! With the return of my dance classes, I felt like reading this again.
Jan 04, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it
As a dancer I really enjoyed a lot of these stories. A couple of them were not as good as others and didnt keep my interest as much, but ballet books are hard to come by! Overal, a good, quick read for dancers of any age.
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Harriet Castor was just thirteen when the first of her Fat Puss novels was published. She went on to become a children's book editor and now writes full time for both children and adults. A real ballet enthusiast, she is the author of the popular Ballerinas series.
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