Ballet Shoes is a very lighthearted novel about three babies found by Great Uncle Mathew. They were discovered by him in different years, at different places, but each without a family to look after them; so what does GUM (Great Uncle Mathew) do? He adopts them and brings them to his house for his niece, Sylvia, and her old nurse, Nana, to take care of. Gum then disappears on some trip of his to collect fossils, leaving enough money for his family to live off of for Five years. When those five years are up, they start getting tight on money and have to take up boarders. These girls grow up and begin to take lessons at a special academy that teaches them dancing, acting, and some singing. They cannot wait until they are 12, for then they are able to get a license and perform on stage. They don't necessarily always enjoy it, but they want to work so they can earn money to help with the bills. Each of the girls have a special dream, not all of them want to dance forever, and by the end of the book, each future is obvious.
My favorite character has to be Nana. She takes charge of the children, and makes sure they ar cared for properly. When they grow up, she makes new clothes for them, mends their clothes, stops taking her pay to help with bills, worries about them, and makes sure they are where they need to be when they need to be.
I am giving Ballet Shoes a 4/5.