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Theatre Shoes (Shoes #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,116 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
Three orphans are forced to enter a theater school by their grandmother, a famous actress. Unable to pay the tuition, they are given scholarships from the now-grown orphans from Ballet Shoes. Will they be able to live up to their patrons’ legacies? The children are ready to run away—until they discover their hidden talents. Originally published in 1945.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1983 by Yearling (first published 1944)
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
This is my favorite of the Shoes books, probably because I read it over and over when I was a kid. While reading this copy, however, I was somewhat dismayed to realize that the copy I had was either edited down to make it shorter, or to make it more comprehensible to 1980s American children. Meaning I read an abridged version--the horror! It was both nice to read all the missing parts and very odd, because the book seemed clunkier and like it dragged more with all the extraneous detail added.

Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
The premise of Theater Shoes reminds me a little bit of Harry Potter, oddly enough. After their grandfather dies, somebody comes to the the Forbes children and is like, "Guess what? Your grandmother is a famous actress and your uncle is a film star, and you have aunts and uncles and cousins that you never knew existed because your grandmother disowned your mother for eloping." YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY.

I thoroughly enjoy this book. It's about discovering talent you never knew you had because nobod
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little girls, especially ones with an interest in the performing arts.
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My favorite part of this one, the thing that's stuck with me through the years is (view spoiler)

One thing that struck me this time is how great Streatfeild is at writing kids in that the kids who are kind
When their father is lost at sea, Sorrel, Mark, and Holly are forced to move to London to live with their previously unknown actress grandmother. She's determined to have them follow in the family's theatrical footsteps--no matter how much they protest! Do they have the talent to perform on the stage? Will they be able to adjust to this glamorous but difficult family?
Confession: As a child (and young teen) I read Theater Shoes more often than I read Ballet Shoes. I would even say I loved Theater Shoes a tiny bit more, though I really am not sure why.
For some reason I feel strange admitting this, perhaps because Ballet Shoes is undeniably of a higher calibre. But there you have it!
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I caught the theatre bug early on so this one was a particular favorite of mine. Theatre Shoes includes characters from Ballet Shoes. I always like it when I recognize people from other novels, i feel so important, as though I know someone famous and now have bragging rights.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Somewhat of a follow-up to Ballet Shoes as it features Pauline, Petrova, and Posy as grown up recurring characters. Follows the proven formula-orphans and money trouble!
Maria Thomas
So my local library does not have all of the Shoes series books so I went straight from Ballet Shoes to Theater Shoes. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read the two that come between because Theater Shoes just seemed to be so much like Ballet Shoes, just with different kids. So while it is still a good Tween read, I didn't enjoy it as much as Ballet Shoes even though I liked some of the characters better in Theater. (I enjoyed Miriam's dancing character more than Posy for example) ...more
Pamela Huxtable
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s
A charming period piece. The three Forbes siblings are sent to live with their grandmother, who is an actress in London in 1943. She sends them to the Academy for schooling, where they discover their talents and ambition.

Kathi Organa Sattler
To me the weakest of the shoe books I read so far (however it has been some time since I read the last one). It feels like it's a reboot of Ballet shoes, just changed in the details. There are the orphans (well, sort of), the meanie and the same academy. While I love the fact that the Fossils are included (because all of them, but especially Petrova, are so wonderful), I feel like this story mainly serves to purpose of catering to those who loved the story and want to read it again, but not re-r ...more
Joanne Roberts
Maybe my assessment of this book is the measure of how long it took to finish it. I apologize if this has gotten fewer stars than it deserves. Theater Shoes takes place in the same school as Ballet Shoes. Some time has passed and the characters are different. I enjoyed the idea of the main characters and their situation. Unfortunately, I thought they were a bit dull. They had little individual voice and their actions and thoughts were very similar. It was more their talents or their ages which d ...more
Ysabelle Laxamana
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good and fun read. I admit that it took 3 whole months to read this and maybe it's because I haven't been really committed in reading it and I only read it when I'm bored or when I feel like it.

I really loved the writing style, I felt really attached to the characters especially Sorrel. This is such a fun children book and I would definitely read this to my future child, maybe.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to think of more clever or heartwarming books than the Shoes series. Streatfeild is so funny and observant and tender towards her characters, and her descriptions of the London theater scene in the 1940s are fascinating. I think this series is perfect for everybody, both children and adults.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love these stories!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how it followed the characters from Ballet Shoes as that's my favourite Streatfeild book
Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer
Another great audio book we thoroughly enjoyed with the girls. The book is beautiful and the narrator has a lovely voice.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
A childhood favorite I'd forgotten how much I loved. It was so weird - I haven't read it in years, and yet in almost every single scene I knew exactly what was coming next, dialogue and everything.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Theater Shoes is Noel Streatfeild's fifth book for children, and it was originally published with the title Curtain Up in 1944. Though it came out eight years after Ballet Shoes, it is essentially a sequel, focusing on the same dance academy at which Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil studied in the 1930s. The main characters of this story, Sorrel, Mark, and Holly Forbes, are the grandchildren of a famous actress and also the beneficiaries of
Jimmy Lee
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Ballet Shoes, which made me snatch this book off the shelf. Purchasers should be cautious, however. It's often sold abridged, and if you see it as "Curtain Up," that's the original version. It's not centered around the Fossil family of the Ballet Shoes fame, although they play a role.

Having said that, Theater Shoes/Theatre Shoes, is charming. The three Forbes children, after the death of their grandfather with whom they are staying during WWII in England, are sent to live with their fina
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
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Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i have been a great fan of the theatre ever since i was a child. i even took a few classes on theatre last year. so it wasn't a very great surprise when this book was the the first to catch my eye on my to the library this week. i had never heard of noel streatfield until i saw this book, but after reading it i must admit that i love her writing very much.

the story is about three children named sorrel, mark and holly forbes. during the second world war their father rejoined the navy and they wer
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Life’s a bummer – Sorrel, Mark, and Holly’s mother is dead (although we never learn when or how), their father is missing in action during WWII, they are living with their paternal grandfather, who also dies, then they are shipped to London to live with their maternal grandmother (whom they have never met) only to learn they are a part of a theatrical dynasty (think Barrymore or Fonda) and are required to follow in their familial footsteps.

Theater Shoes, b
Maureen E

This book is a direct sequel to Ballet Shoes, although I read it first this time around. It takes place about ten years after Ballet Shoes, in the middle of World War II. Sorrel, Mark, and Holly Forbes are living with their grandfather because their mother is dead and their father is in the Navy and has now gone missing. When their grandfather dies suddenly they are forced to go and live with their mother’s mother in London. She happens to be a famous actress along with the rest of the Warren fa
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is another good one, and it isn't hampered by the constant Fossil mentions. One thing that struck me this reread, particularly reading all the Shoes books out of order, is that there's no clear timeline established for all the talented kids who look up to the Fossils. I'm convinced this is the first one, because it's so clearly a wartime book (its strongest aspect) and I think the novel states that Pauline is only eighteen, which means constant mentions of her aren't completely ridiculous, ...more
This book shows how well the "shoe" books work with each other. Each of the books have at least one orphan in them, and in the Theater Shoes book, there are three orphans. These orphans are put into a theater school and are unable to pay the tuition, but thanks to the orphans from the Ballet Shoes book, they are able to go and have a grade adventure while at the school. Again Noel Streatfeild is a genius when it comes to writing books for little girls. He knows exactly how to reach the soul of a ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I chose this book to start my NS re-read - the logical point is of course Ballet Shoes, especially as in Curtain Up the Fossil sisters have walk-on parts and the main characters are studying with an older (but thankfully recovered) Madame Fidolia. But this was a book I read for the first time as an adult (so I am probably saving my childhood favourites for the end of the re-read). Some of Noel Streatfeild's books were hard to find as a child, and I was also young enough when I s ...more
Girl with her Head in a Book
I first read this book as a child when it was known as Curtain Up! but like many of Noel Streatfield's books, it has been rebranded to bring it in line with her shoes related theme. From a marketing point of view, I can entirely see how this makes sense but while ballet shoes were a central part of Ballet Shoes, footwear pays no real part in this novel, nor indeed in what was The Painted Garden and is now Movie Shoes. Still, if it brings more readers to Noel Streatfeild, then I dare say that the ...more
Mar 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theatre kids, outsiders
This is the book that taught me to love reading. Prior to reading theatre shoes, I struggled against my family's attempts to get me to read because I preferred my imagination. I didn't think any author could create characters or stories as engaging or sympathetic to me as I could. Noel Streatfield totally proved me wrong.

What makes this book so magical is Streatfield's ability to create a rich inner life for each of the three young protagonists without styling them as little adults. Siblings Sor
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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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Shoes (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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