Thursday, January 03, 2008

Ballet Shoes

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.

14 comments:

Noel De Vries said...

Yeah for Ballet Shoes!

Your favorite character was Nana? Hmm, interesting. I love Garnie.

Marie DeVries said...

I liked Garnie too, but she was always so worried and concerned...I liked the doctors too! It was just the way she had a remark for everything, and usually I found it funny!

Erin said...

Hello...I found your blog through Noel's. I like how honest you are in your reviews. :) I love Ballet Shoes, although it's been a while since I first read it.

May I ask the author of Pretty Polly?

Marie DeVries said...

Dick King-Smith wrote Pretty Polly. Glad to have you here!

Me again101 said...

So is Pretty Polly our next movie? I want to know so I can read it before we see each other again.

Marie DeVries said...

Well then, I suggest you read it! You can get it through your library.
Glad to have you here me again101!!

Me again101 said...

Why thank-you dearest si- friend!
I got the book and I am starting to read it. My only question is: who is going to be the chicken in the movie????

Me again101 said...

Can you tell me why the blog title is Fireside Musings?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Erin. I think that your reviews are very appealing.

I'm not sure who my favorite character is in the Ballet Shoes. I actually haven't read the whole book... I just listened to bits and pieces of what Noel read to the younger kids. I love Garnie too! (I think because she reminds me so much of myself. Boy is she an airhead)

Aubrey

Anonymous said...

I love Hope Was Here too!

Aubrey

Marie DeVries said...

Does anyone have any suggestions? I need dome more books to read and review, has anyone read anything good lately? Please let me know!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you asked! You very much need to read N.D. Wilson's most recent book 100 Cupboards. We are really enjoying it. Here are a couple of books that I want to read this year: Tom Sawyer, by M. Twain (of course) and Ever, by Gail Carlson Levine (this comes out in May). Also, try some Nesbit books. We love her. Five Children and It, The Treasure Seekers, The Encahnted Castle (the best ever!).

Anonymous said...

Oh, p.s. that was posted by me,
Aubrey ;)

Me again101 said...

You could try "Tuck Everlasting" and then compare it to the movie.

Oh! Do Narnia! I'm surprised you haven't done it yet.

Umm...and "The Star of Kazan" by Eva Ibbotson or one of the "Unfortunate Events" books...

....maybe even one of the "Warrior" books :) - just remember do NOT judge these books by their covers...if you do, you won't get past the first two books...seeing as the covers can look quite violent. If you don't want to read any of them, let me know and I could write up a review for you. Just pick the book for me.