Essential Modern Classics Dreams Collection: Mary Poppins / Ballet Shoes for Anna / White Boots

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9780007382170: Essential Modern Classics Dreams Collection: Mary Poppins / Ballet Shoes for Anna / White Boots

Three best-loved contemporary classics for girls: ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘White Boots’ and ‘Ballet Shoes for Anna’ in a gorgeous slipcased gift set.

Ballet Shoes For Anna:
Three children, having lost their parents in an earthquake come to England to live with a prim uncle and a feeble aunt. Anna lives only to dance - but her uncle forbids her to have anything to do with ballet. How will she survive?

White Boots:
Harriet is told that she must take up ice-skating in order to improve her health. She isn’t much good at it, until she meets Lalla Moore, a young skating star. Now Harriet is getting better and better on the ice, and Lalla doesn’t like it. Does Harriet want to save their friendship more than she wants to skate?

Mary Poppins:
When Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael’s lives are transformed beyond belief. Mary takes them on the most exciting and magical journeys they’ve ever had. But she has only promised to stay until the wind changes…

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Praise for Noel Streatfeild:
“Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort.”
TLS

“Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skilful knack of turning her characters into real people – something which only really good novelists can do.”
BBC Children’s Hour

Praise for Mary Poppins
“Like all great children’s classics Mary Poppins is frightening and sad as well as magic and very funny.”
The Observer

“Absolutely alive, and aglint with magic.”
Walter de la Mare

About the Author:

Noel Streatfeild grew up in a vicarage. Her father eventually became Bishop of Lewes. Noel trained as an actress, and acted for nine years before writing her first book, for adults. She did not write her first (and most famous) children’s book until 1936 – Ballet Shoes. Thereafter she wrote more than thirty other children’s books, some of which were televised, and all of which were hugely popular. Noel died in 1986.
P.L. Travers was born in 1899 in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia and was one of three sisters. She worked as a secretary, a dancer and an actress, but writing was P.L. Travers’s real love, and for many years she was a journalist. It was while recuperating from a serious illness that she wrote Mary Poppins – “to while away the days, but also to put down something that had been in my mind for a long time”, she said. She recieved an OBE in 1977, and died in 1996.

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