Now here's a lovely little bit of book-lovers' news: BBC One is filming a new adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes.
If you've never read Ballet Shoes, go find a copy, curl up and give yourself a couple of hours...you're in for a wonderful treat. The novel, published in 1937, is about three adopted girls who become sisters in a very unconventional English family. The girls all train as dancers, though each has a different talent/passion (and only one of them, the youngest, is really "meant" to be a dancer).
I grew up reading our public library's copy of Ballet Shoes to tatters. I loved Pauline, Petrova (especially Petrova!) and Posy Fossil, the sisters of the story, and entering their world was always a wonderful experience. Though I've read several other Streatfeild books, and they're all enjoyable, in my opinion Ballet Shoes is by far the best.
I now own a paperback copy with illustrations by Diane Goode (who also did new cover illustrations for some of the Betsy-Tacy books some years back, and is the writer/illustrator of several picture books the sweet girl loves). About two years ago, I ran across a video of a BBC film adaptation of the book done a number of years ago -- and was not impressed.
So I'm very excited about this one. It's got quite a cast list! Among other things, I think it will be fun to see Emma Watson (Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter films) play Pauline. I can easily picture her in the role.