The beloved Noel Streatfeild classic back in print It s a stroke of great luck when Harriet Johnson s doctor prescribes skating after an illness that has left her feeling frail and listless For on her very first day at the rink, Harriet meets orphaned Lalla Moore, who is being brought up by her wealthy aunt Claudia to be a skating champion Although they have little in coThe beloved Noel Streatfeild classic back in print It s a stroke of great luck when Harriet Johnson s doctor prescribes skating after an illness that has left her feeling frail and listless For on her very first day at the rink, Harriet meets orphaned Lalla Moore, who is being brought up by her wealthy aunt Claudia to be a skating champion Although they have little in common, the girls form a fast friendship Harriet is energized by talented, funny Lalla, and Lalla in turn blossoms under the affection of openhearted Harriet The girls skate together and But just as Lalla s interest in skating starts to fade, Harriet s natural talent begins to emerge Suddenly Lalla and Harriet seem headed in two very different directions Can their friendship survive
Skating Shoes The beloved Noel Streatfeild classic back in print It s a stroke of great luck when Harriet Johnson s doctor prescribes skating after an illness that has left her feeling frail and listless For on her
Top Nine Reasons I Love Skating Shoes Am Grateful I Read It Again 1 It was one of my favorite books as a child and it still holds up 2 It has lines like this During the last six months the little girl Harriet, without her noticing it, had disappeared and a new Harriet had taken her place A Harriet who looked much the same outside, but was of a person inside 3 I had totally forgotten that the book took place in England Not sure if this is a testament to my terrible memory, or the fact that the b [...]
Streatfeild has the most charming, insightful, compassionate way of describing human interactions This is my least favorite of her Shoes books so far, mostly because skating offers fewer opportunities than theater to describe the terrifying magical feelings of auditions and performances my favorite aspect of the other books But least favorite of the Shoes books doesn t say much they re all beautiful.
This is by the author of the memorable Shoes books, an old favorite It is, oddly enough, one of the two books not in the Shoes line named after footwear Trivia, for those of you interested in such Like the Shoes books, it focuses on a young, underprivileged heroine fortuitously encountering a greatly privileged counterpart and forging a friendship that benefits and develops both lives, surviving jealousy, etc.However, this particular story isn t up to Ms Streatfeild s own level of achievement It [...]
Why did Uncle David stay with Aunt Claudia Surely he could have done better Update One of my favorites of the Shoes books With this re read, I was amazed by the number of adults that conspired to help both Lalla and Harriet This is also one of the few Streatfeild books that focuses on friendship than on family relationships It certainly contains one of my favorite Streatfeild Nanas She did not hold with ice, nasty, damp stuff, but she defied any ice to give a chill to a child who wore wool knit [...]
The story of spider like Harriet, recovering from illness, learning how to skate and becoming friends with Lalla Moore, who is destined to be a figure skating star, is one of my favorites I probably read it for the first time in third grade and at least a dozen times since, including an unplanned reread today This is a great read on Boxing Day Here is a link to my review perfectretort 201
This is probably one of the best Streatfields It was also one of my favorites growing up It s probably because I had a better idea of what figure skating looked like than ballet, rather than the book actually being better, because Skating Shoes has a lot of familiar elements Though they are very well done here the Johnson family dynamic is great, and Harriet becoming a possibility through sheer coincidence and hard work is fun to read about It s interesting that Streatfield casually has wealthy [...]
I didn t care much for this book I was interested to read it but found few of the events and characters engaging There were too many situations and even phrases drawn from earlier books and too little actual explanation of what brackets or edge work was, for people like me who have never ice skated or rollerskated, come to that In the afterword, the author s son talks of the hours of painstaking research done at rinks and yet none of that shows up in the text It took me awhile to figure out that [...]
Read this when I was younger hundreds of times, so it has to be one of my favourites
This is one of the very few books that I reread a million times as a child, but have not really read since, so I only remembered the broad outline of the plot, and didn t necessarily know what was going to happen next at every turn I enjoyed that so much it was like reading it for the first time, but even better because I was already primed for the satisfying emotional moments, even if I couldn t remember what they consisted of.There s a lot I missed as a kid that Lalla is the main character, fo [...]
What a lovely story First published in 1951, this is a story for young girls about a spoilt only child who is destined to become the next skating star who receieves her comeuppance when she makes friends with a poor, ill child who is prescribed to take up skating to improve the strength in her legs White Boots explores the friendship between the two girls, their winnings and failures as amateur skaters and the lifestyles of the two very different families Streatfeild can write very humorously so [...]
Still working my way through the shoe books when I can find them which can be tough Another lovely story that any little girl would love to read and reread Gosh I wish I had read these as a child because when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does And I ve gotten carried away, haven t I Sorry couldn t help the You ve Got Mail reference.
Ballet shoes was one of my favorite books as a child It gave a warm blankety feeling to go back to Streatfeild after many years a world where people from diverse social classes become friends, unexpected kind patrons help you discover your potential and fulfill your dreams, goodness is rewarded, and well, badness does not really exist It felt nice Nice is good.Thinking of reading some Enid Blyton family adventures next.
One of my favorite books as a kid The story of two girls who become friends as they train together in figure skating, the one because she is the daughter of a famous skater, the other as a way to recuperate from a long illness I loved everything about this book, the descriptions of the moves they were learning, their clothes, the dialogue and what little girl hasn t dreamed of being an ice skater An utterly charming book
I somehow missed this one during childhood Not as precious as Ballet Shoes, but still an enjoyable read with all the Streatfeild hallmarks.
Warm and wonderful, this is a hug of a story about friendship, ambition and family that s dated in the best possible way.
A great Noel Streatfeild one of my new favorites Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, and Theater Shoes were and actually still are my favorites by Noel S but I enjoy them all.
Harriet Johnson, a nine year old girl who resembles a spider , has been advised by her doctor to build up strength in her legs through ice skating following a recent illness Her family are close knit and happy even though they have little in material terms She can t afford ice skates, so her brother decides to take on some work so he can pay for the lessons and hire some boots for her Once at the rink, Harriet becomes friendly with Lalla, a girl of her own age who seems destined for fabulous thi [...]
Like many children of the 1990s, I suspect, I was introduced to the Shoes books after my mom saw You ve Got Mail and bought several of the books at the suggestion of Meg Ryan s character It took some time, but I eventually fell in love with Ballet Shoes and then Dancing Shoes I also came to enjoy Theatre Shoes and Movie Shoes, though they didn t hold the same special place in my heart For me, Skating Shoes was like the latter two books Maybe it was because I took so long to be read it or becaus [...]
This was a childhood favorite, I wanted to be Harriet so badly when I was 10 Then I read Lord of the Rings and wanted to be a Rider of Rohan when I grew up Sadly neither happened, and don t tell anyone but I ve never been ice skating that I can remember My mom bought me this when I was about 9, in response to my father gifting me Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Jane Eyre She thought she could get me to read proper children s books instead of the adult orientated choices my father made I never tol [...]
I did not read this as a child, so my perspective is that of an adult who was also an accomplished ice skater This was not a satisfying read I only gave it 3 stars because there was some interesting historical content especially regarding skating However, the skating content was insufficient to provide any real understanding to readers who are not already familiar with the sport For those who know skating, not enough detail was provided to be satisfying or convincing It was just too vague to rin [...]
Noel Streatfeild has a very obvious style.In White Boots , she first introduces us to nine year old Harriet Johnson Harriet s sick and has cotton woolish legs, so her doctor recommends that she take up skating At the rink, Harriet, having never properly skated before, is finding things very difficult Until Lalla Moore, a girl around the same age as Harriet, who has been skating since she was three, takes Harriet under her wing and begins to teach her the basics of skating Funnily enough, from th [...]
I was talking to a friend about books we loved as children and she mentioned the shoe series by Noel Streatfeild She was so enthusiastic about them that I thought I would read one I picked Skating Shoes because I loved to skate as a child The main character in the book, Harriet, was told by the doctor that she needed to skate to strengthen her legs Coincidentally, I was told I needed to skate to strengthen my ankles So of course I identified with Harriet right away That is where any similarities [...]
I have always loved Noel Streatfeild s books and as a child I got my library to ILL them for me or hunted through second hand book stores to find all of them She tells the perfect girls stories I was always able to find one character in each book that was my favorite They definitely stand up to re reads.
I did enjoy some of this book, but I felt there were some lengthy passages and some things that felt banged in there, just for culture s sake, but out of place Shakespeare etc Some good themes though, about pushing children to achieve
Cute and charming kids classic, however, it bugged me that the issue with the kids uncle never got resolved
Love Ballet Shoes but this didn t do much for me.
I have 4 books in the Shoes series and I read and reread them all the time.
Loved this book and wish I had read it as a child wonderful characters and of course ice skating
It s a cute read for a younger audience about the importance of friendship
A sweet story with likable characters.