1937 BALLET SHOES by MARY NOEL STREATFEILD Illustrated HC/DJ Basis for a BBC TV Series & for a Film
BALLET SHOES, by Noel Sreatfeild. Illustrated by Richard Floethe. "A delightful story about three little girls who studied for careers on the stage."
Published by Random House, New York, 1937. Early printing, likely circa 1945, with Circus Shoes and Theater Shoes blurbs on the dustjacket.
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, cloth covered boards decorated with rose colored designs, rose top page edges, 5.5x8 inches, 294 pages plus 19 color plates each printed on its own leaf.
Ballet Shoes is the first title in the beloved "Shoes" series (as the books are known in the U.S.). It was adapted into a television series by the BBC in 1975, starring Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Prince, and Jane Slaughter as the sisters, and later for a 2007 film, starring Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, and Emma Watson as the sisters.
Condition: VERY GOOD book, some small stains to the page edges, overall just lightly used, still sharp cornered, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a FAIR dustjacket that is toned, has some edge and spine end wear and closed tears, a crease to the spine, some toning and light soiling; still a complete dj that is doing its job and retains its $2.50 price at the top of the front flap.
Hard-to-find, especially so in an acceptable dustjacket.
About MARY NOEL STREATFEILD (from Wikipedia):
******Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE, b.1895 d.1986, was an English author, best known for children's books including the popular "Shoes" books. Streatfeild was a runner-up for the first annual Carnegie Medal for Ballet Shoes, and she won the third annual Carnegie Medal for Circus Shoes.
Several of her novels have been adapted for film or television.
In the 1998 film "You've Got Mail" Meg Ryan's character, a bookstore owner, recommends reading Noel Streatfeild: "Noel Streatfeild wrote Ballet Shoes and Skating Shoes and Theatre Shoes and Dancing Shoes and Movie Shoes...I'd start with Ballet Shoes first. It's my favorite ... although Skating Shoes is completely wonderful. But it's out of print."******