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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noel Streatfeild Narrator: Elizabeth Sastre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781400098866
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Aunt Cora is determined to turn two orphans, perky Hilary and sullen Rachel, into members of her dance troupe. But Rachel wants to keep Hilary from being one of Wintle’s Little Wonders—is it selfishness or something else? Misunderstandings and a spoiled cousin come together for a tale full of high drama. Originally published in 1957.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2014

    " Formative for me. Streatfeild's unconventional families undoubtedly influenced my ideas of what can and should be "family", and her portrayal of the business of art gave me a more realistic idea of artistry from the outset. Dancing Shoes is my favorite of the Shoes series. I'm still not sure how it captivated me for so many reads as a kid, but it held up to my rediscovery. As an adult, I identified even more with Rachel in her desire to make things conform to what she believes as right, and her sense of responsibility, to the point of trying to run Hilary's life, and the need growing up to sort out my pursuits and identity from those for whom I felt responsible. I liked her development, as her snobbery was chipped away at, and she and Hilary reversed roles. Uncle Tom (so much like Mr Bennett in P&P!), as well as Pursey, rescued the book from being another Frances Hodgson Burnett story where everyone dumps on the orphans - the balance kept things in the real world for me. I liked that a backstory was given for Mrs. W. - you can't quite ever hate her as a result. I think the portrayal of "working women" (and girls, in this case) still has surprising pertinence, and Hilary's final "I'm gonna get married and have lots of babies" is so great. I think a lot of Hilary's "laziness" will drop away as she's not being hassled into doing things just because she has a knack for them, and she'll bring a lot of energy and ingenuity to being a mom. Dear characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/28/2014

    " I just love the "Shoes" series. Charming children's classics that always prove to be a comforting choice; simple and sweet. "Dancing Shoes" is an overlooked gem that will always have a place on my bookshelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/27/2014

    " I had never read any of the "Shoes" books - I guess I just didn't run into them as a child. Typical story of plucky orphans and a spoiled child who receives a much-needed come-uppance, but better written than most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/20/2014

    " The best of the 3 "Shoes" books that I've read. Ballet Shoes and Theater Shoes both divided the reader's attention among three protagonists. By focusing on just one main character (Rachel), Dancing Shoes allowed me to really get to know her and become attached. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/20/2014

    " I was excited to find this little book, because it completes the trilogy of the shoes books, and I read and enjoyed the other two, even though they are children's books. The three books really are charming and touching, and I am glad I read them. I first wanted to when I heard about them in the movie, "You've Got Mail", and now I have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twyla | 1/17/2014

    " Rachel and Hilary had to go to Rachels aunts house.and they had to dance but Rachel couldn't dance but she told Hilary that she had to dance.Itwas perfect at the end because Hilary listened to her sister.Auryn 7yo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 1/14/2014

    " a great re-read for feeling sad. now i actually am motherless, there is more sympathy. at least i don't have to live with a dispicable aunt cora! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/14/2014

    " I read it because of "You've Got Mail." I wasn't that impressed, but am willing to read the other "Shoe" books and see if there's any improvement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't like this book as much as " Ballet Shoes ". It was alright though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/19/2013

    " I read this book after readinbg Ballet shoes and found that I loved both. This one had great, relatable characters whom I loved after the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 11/1/2013

    " I went through a Shoes phase right before and right after my daughter was born. In the movie You've Got Mail, my heart really broke when Meg Ryan's character was in the chain bookstore, talking about the Shoes series. Which until Emma Watson made the recent movie, had long lain forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/1/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book as a young girl (elementary age 3-5). If you love dance you'll love this book. It was one of my most favorite books when I was young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 10/30/2013

    " O.k it was really for people younger than me but it was good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila | 10/14/2013

    " Not up to the standard of Ballet Shoes, but still very enjoyable. Believable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah*Inky* | 4/6/2013

    " This book was good, but I definently enjoyed Ballet Shoes much better. It is about to little girls named Rachel and Hilary who go to live with the Aunt and their cousin the stuck-up Dulsie Wintle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 11/13/2012

    " Again, it's the relationship of sisters, but they're not true sisters. The one part that really annoys me is how everyone misunderstands Rachel, so, so, much about Hilary's dancing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 9/18/2012

    " This was really cute. I loved the story. :) meant for younger girls, but still a fun read. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sweet Caroline | 8/11/2012

    " Very good! I feel like I'm in the story! I got mad whenever Dulcie was mean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryanne Dipasquale | 7/31/2012

    " These book are for little girls, but they're so adorable and hopeful and mesmorizing. I temember each of them, and loved them dearly as a child. I havne't read them in years and years, but I remember the characters like childhood friends. Sometimes, the best cure for the flu is a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha97 Stowell | 6/3/2012

    " This is my favorite of the shoes books. I enjoyed the story line the best. It is a definite recommend to any young reader I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigitte | 1/7/2012

    " This book was okay. The plot and all was good, but, Rachel kind of annoys me because she's, like, pushing Hilary and MAKING her dance, instead of just letting Hilary choose. And Mrs. W. and her daughter are both just annoying, but it's still okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Kaminske | 12/13/2011

    " I listened to a sound recording of this book and the reader was excellent! I have always liked Noel Streatfeild, so I was expecting a very good story; I was not disappointed. The book was read by Elizabeth Sastre, who did a fantastic job, making the story even better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flora | 11/5/2011

    " Very well written with endearing characters, It was a great book up until the end where I would have liked it to have been a little more depthful and certain(she leaves you to decide the details of how you want it to end, a style of writing some prefer but I don't). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 5/1/2011

    " I heard of these books from...you guessed it, "You've got mail." I was browsing in the library several weeks ago and happened to see these books. I really liked the story and enjoyed reading them. They are a nice easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 11/14/2010

    " I think this is my favorite of the "Shoes" books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 10/7/2010

    " This was really cute. I loved the story. :) meant for younger girls, but still a fun read. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April a.k.a Annabeth | 8/11/2010

    " I read this book after readinbg Ballet shoes and found that I loved both. This one had great, relatable characters whom I loved after the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 3/22/2010

    " I don't like this one as much as Ballet Shoes, but it's still pretty great classic kid-lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 2/27/2010

    " a great re-read for feeling sad. now i actually am motherless, there is more sympathy. at least i don't have to live with a dispicable aunt cora! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/29/2009

    " This book was good, but I definently enjoyed Ballet Shoes much better. It is about to little girls named Rachel and Hilary who go to live with the Aunt and their cousin the stuck-up Dulsie Wintle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/27/2009

    " Not even nearly as good as Ballet Shoes or Theater Shoes, but still entertaining, with a perfect feel-good ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/19/2009

    " This was my favorite of the 'Shoe' books when I was a little girl, and it was a delight to read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruby | 10/5/2009

    " I can't say it was badly written - in fact, I think it was better written than Ballet Shoes, with more original characters. But I could not stand reading about Dulcie and her mother, and I mostly thought it was annoying, even though Rachel and Hilary were lovely. And the last lines... were strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/9/2009

    " I liked this book a lot, but not quite as much Ballet Shoes or Theater Shoes. I liked the story line well enough, but I was annoyed that Hilary never wanted to practice or work at all. She reminded me of my piano students who also sometimes annoy me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/7/2009

    " This one is my favorite on so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 8/30/2009

    " I absolutely loved this book as a young girl (elementary age 3-5). If you love dance you'll love this book. It was one of my most favorite books when I was young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 8/29/2009

    " This is basically a good story, however where Rachel has to learn to let Hilary live her own life and go for her own dreams. However, I didn't like the ending to the story though it was written in the fifties for young girls and Hilary really wasn't ambitious as her adopted sister and cousin. "

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