Pauline, Petrova and Posy are found as orphaned babies in different parts of the world by eccentric fossil collector and explorer Gum. He adopts them, takes them to his London home and leaves them in the care of his niece Sylvia and the family Nurse. Then off he goes to continue his exploring, saying that he'll be back in five years' time. When the three little girls are old enough, they choose the surname Fossil for themselves and vow to make the name famous. At first they lead privileged and sheltered lives. But when Gum fails to return after five years, Sylvia's money begins to run out. First she is forced to take in some boarders - an engaging and eclectic mix of characters - but then she decides that the girls should go to acting school. This way they will be able to earn some money before they grow up. Pauline adores the school, as she dreams of becoming an actress. Petrova hates it, all she wants to do is learn about cars and planes and engines. Posy loves it too - she is born to be a dancer and the school is the perfect place for her.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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"One of my all-time favourite children's books." - Jacqueline Wilson


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November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-525-57861-7 / 978-0-525-57861-1 (USA edition)
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November 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
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April 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (Collectors Library)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-907360-85-9 / 978-1-907360-85-5 (UK edition)
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August 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (Designer 75th ed)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-14-133650-1 / 978-0-14-133650-3 (UK edition)
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
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ISBN: 1-84255-679-7 / 978-1-84255-679-5 (UK edition)
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September 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
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ISBN: 1-84255-247-3 / 978-1-84255-247-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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2004 : Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 8497894383 / 978-8497894388
Publisher: Children"s Golden Library
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November 1993 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Ballet Shoes (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-8085-4250-8 / 978-0-8085-4250-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-517-11110-1 / 978-0-517-11110-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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August 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-679-80105-7 / 978-0-679-80105-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-679-90105-1 / 978-0-679-90105-1 (USA edition)
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June 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-8446-6241-0 / 978-0-8446-6241-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc
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October 1978 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-394-90875-9 / 978-0-394-90875-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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October 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-460-06821-0 / 978-0-460-06821-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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January 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ballet Shoes; a Story of Three Children on the Stage
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-460-05683-2 / 978-0-460-05683-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: J.M. Dent
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : UK Paperback

Title: Ballet Shoes Pmc
Author(s): Streatfeild Noel
ISBN: 0-14-133331-6 / 978-0-14-133331-1 (UK edition)
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (A Puffin Book)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-14-135980-3 / 978-0-14-135980-9 (UK edition)
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (A Puffin Book)
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ISBN: 0-14-133442-8 / 978-0-14-133442-4 (UK edition)
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January 1949 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Puffin Books)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-14-030041-4 / 978-0-14-030041-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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February 1995 : Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
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ISBN: 9995547686 / 978-9995547684
Publisher: Random House (Merchandising)
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January 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes (Puffin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild, Piers Sanford
ISBN: 0-14-036459-5 / 978-0-14-036459-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin Classics
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November 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-679-84759-6 / 978-0-679-84759-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
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May 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children On the Stage
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-14-034717-8 / 978-0-14-034717-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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August 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-440-41508-X / 978-0-440-41508-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
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December 1977 : UK Paperback

Title: Ballet Shoes (Classic adventures)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-85587-336-2 / 978-1-85587-336-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ballet Shoes (A Puffin Book)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-14-138581-2 / 978-0-14-138581-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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August 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ballet Shoes (BBC Children's Classics)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-84607-113-5 / 978-1-84607-113-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Physical Audio
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May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-7393-6516-9 / 978-0-7393-6516-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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September 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ballet Shoes
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Publisher: Listening Library
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August 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ballet Shoes (BBC Children's Classics)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
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August 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ballet Shoes (BBC Children's Classics)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
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December 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-4000-9140-3 / 978-1-4000-9140-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Ballet Shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-4000-9139-X / 978-1-4000-9139-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Imagination Studio
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2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: ballet shoes
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-4000-9497-6 / 978-1-4000-9497-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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October 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Ballet Shoes: Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-563-55313-8 / 978-0-563-55313-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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July 1995 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Ballet Shoes (BBC Radio Collection)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 0-563-39130-8 / 978-0-563-39130-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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December 1989 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Ballet Shoes (Audio Cassette)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
ISBN: 1-85848-030-2 / 978-1-85848-030-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Listen for Pleasure, EMI Records
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Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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August 2006 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Puffin Books Book 1)
Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: Puffin
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