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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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