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Fornia From that moment on talented Rachel and Tim dream of stardom in America The family couldn't be surprised when a movie producer picks plain peevish Ja. Better known as Movie Shoes this story follows the three Winter children from their London home to the shores of Santa Monica in order for their father to recuperate from a nervous breakdown in the warm climate of his sister s home Like in Ballet Shoes a favorite of mine as a girl the youngest and the eldest children hold the recognizable talent and looks in the family and the middle child is prickly and difficultThe story opens with Tim Jane and Rachel eavesdropping on the doctor s conversation with their mother trying desperately to learn if their father will ever recover from the shock of accidentally killing a child who runs in front of his car The doctor s advice of sending him to a sunny climate for the winter holds little hope but a letter is sent to the children s aunt who has lived in California for many years A positive response from her inviting the whole family to visit and a surprise inheritance for their mother s friend and the children s nanny to fund the trip set the stage for an international adventureFirst there s travel on trains and an ocean liner then there are the cultural differences And then when they reach California they find their aunt is unbearable prone to taking to bed with nerves and sick headaches and unwilling to share much beyond room and board which the adults agree is still terribly generous of her Plus she seems to stand in the way intentionally or otherwise of what each child wants most out of the California trip for Rachel a chance to meet with the famed Posy Fossil and to take dance lessons for Jane a friendly dog to hang out with and for Tim a piano upon which to practiceLuckily what the children seem to learn in America is that generally its inhabitants are friendly and inclined to help you out Posy tracks Rachel down gets her an audition and takes her under her wing Aunt Cora s cook Bella helps Tim track down a piano upon which to practice and generally counsels him to keep a positive outlook on things and Jane encounters a sympathetic dog owner who also happens to be a director about to film The Secret Garden but whose star suddenly became unavailable The family s six months in the US offers up wild adventures but will these be enough in the end to keep them on this side of the AtlanticA couple notes One I bought my copy second hand and all but the first page of Chapter 16 is missing Two I believe I own this book back at my folks as Movie Shoes but was lured into buying it again because of the title difference For what it s worth Movie Shoes is the later American title It was totally the mention of the return of the Fossil sisters that grabbed me and made me buy it Three in looking into the title uestion I have learned that this is a revised and abridged version of the book I had been surprised by how casually they worked food parcels into the story Had I not readwatched 84 Charing Cross Road I certainly wouldn t have realized how long food shortages and rationing went on in England and recognized the reference Apparently some of the other things they cut referred to similar bits of British post World War II restrictionsAlthough the book wasn t nearly as good as I remember it being nor as good as Ballet Shoes remains it was still an enjoyable read I d recommend it to those who an enjoy a Pollyanna type ending to their stories Flat World Navigation girl the youngest and the eldest children hold the recognizable talent and looks in the family and the middle child is prickly and difficultThe story opens with Tim Jane and Rachel eavesdropping on the doctor s conversation with their mother trying desperately to learn if their father will ever recover from the shock of accidentally killing a child who runs in front of his car The doctor s advice of sending him to a sunny climate for the winter holds little hope but a letter is sent to the children s aunt who has lived in California for many years A positive response from her inviting the whole family to visit and a surprise inheritance for their mother s friend and the children s nanny to fund the trip set the stage for an international adventureFirst there s travel on trains and an ocean liner then there are the cultural differences And then when they reach California they find their aunt is unbearable prone to taking to bed with nerves and sick headaches and unwilling to share much beyond room and board which the adults agree is still terribly A House of My Own Stories from My Life generous of her Plus she seems to stand in the way intentionally or otherwise of what each child wants most out of the California trip for Rachel a chance to meet with the famed Posy Fossil and to take dance lessons for Jane a friendly dog to hang out with and for Tim a piano upon which to practiceLuckily what the children seem to learn in America is that Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, generally its inhabitants are friendly and inclined to help you out Posy tracks Rachel down El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro gets her an audition and takes her under her wing Aunt Cora s cook Bella helps Tim track down a piano upon which to practice and Fragonard Art and Eroticism generally counsels him to keep a positive outlook on things and Jane encounters a sympathetic dog owner who also happens to be a director about to film The Secret Garden but whose star suddenly became unavailable The family s six months in the US offers up wild adventures but will these be enough in the end to keep them on this side of the AtlanticA couple notes One I bought my copy second hand and all but the first page of Chapter 16 is missing Two I believe I own this book back at my folks as Movie Shoes but was lured into buying it again because of the title difference For what it s worth Movie Shoes is the later American title It was totally the mention of the return of the Fossil sisters that Mao Zedong grabbed me and made me buy it Three in looking into the title uestion I have learned that this is a revised and abridged version of the book I had been surprised by how casually they worked food parcels into the story Had I not readwatched 84 Charing Cross Road I certainly wouldn t have realized how long food shortages and rationing went on in England and recognized the reference Apparently some of the other things they cut referred to similar bits of British post World War II restrictionsAlthough the book wasn t nearly as The Monarchs Are Missing good as I remember it being nor as

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Ne for the lead part of Mary in The Secret Garden No one's ever noticed Jane before Could this be the chance of a lifetimeAlternate Title The Painted Garden. The very worst Streatfield I have ever read None of the characters is remotely sympathetic and I didn t feel at all empathetic with any of the three self involved children Tim was obnoxious Rachel oblivious and Jane flat down unpleasant Their parents just kind of hang around waving their hands admiringly and saying Well honey if that s what you want to do go for it The Americans are cardboard did Streatfield ever visit America with stupid made up sounding names like Sneltzworther and seriously Bee Bee Studios Streatfield certainly wasn t trying very hard I found it very hard to believe that even in 1949 an American child actress in Hollywood would go around curtseying to guests at her own party Shaking hands yes being polite certainly but not curtseying But then Streatfield has a thing about curtseying in her dancing storiesPosy Fossil makes a reprise performance from an earlier book as I thought going to Czechoslovakia in 1938 didn t work out though we are never told how she and her dancing master made it to the US before WW2 But even she and her entourage are background I trudged to the end willing it to be over just to see if Streatfield could redeem this thing She couldn t The ending was tacked on just to sweep the family back to England loaded down with presents and satisfying clat having got what they wanted money and a free vacation I guess The final scene with the train had me rolling my eyesIf you haven t read any of Streatfield s Shoe books don t start here If I had it would have put me off her for life Maybe that s why the author worked in so much about The Secret Garden maybe she knew it wasn t very good so she tried to ride on a better book s coattail

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Life is tough for the Winter family in London with little money and Dad out of work Luckily Aunt Cora comes to the rescue with an invitation to live in Cali. This is one of those books that you need to read as a child to experience what the author intendsI am sure I d have loved it if I d read it at 10 A family in need of money given the chance to travel to Los Angeles away from rationing and towards adventures in dancing radio and Hollywood It s wish fulfilment at its peak Eldest child Rachel wants to be a dancer and meets Posy Fossil from previous book Ballet Shoes to the delight of readers I would guess Youngest Tim is talented on the piano and finds his own niche in their new home It is middle child Jane envious of her siblings abilities and opportunities who is given the biggest chance of all The story goes in the way you d expect it with just a few curveballs the reason for Mr Winter s inability to work seems uite shocking the relationship between Jane and Maurice not ending as you d think It s uite formulaic plot wise but enjoyable for a reader as you yearn for certain things to happen and lo and beholdAs an adult The Painted Garden is sweet cloyingly so at times the children actually pretty annoying As a parent I d be talking to my child if they spoke in the way the girls sometimes do The entitlement they seem to feel that they deserve certain things really don t sit well with me The awful stereotyping of Italian and coloured accents also was though I suppose of its time something I d alter if I read it to my child And I would also have to discuss the probably inappropriate present of a cigarette case to an eight year old too I know it would have not been unusual thenOverall a great children s classic read and a trip down Of Its Time Lane for an adult reader


About the Author: Noel Streatfeild

Mary Noel Streatfeild known as Noel Streatfeild was an author best known and loved for her children's books including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve 1895 the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest after Noel came Barbara William 'Bill' Joyce who died of TB p



10 thoughts on “The Painted Garden

  1. says:

    This is one of those books that you need to read as a child to experience what the author intendsI am sure I'd have loved it if I'd read it at 10 A family in need of money given the chance to travel to Los Angeles

  2. says:

    Wonderful read and very unexpected too I'd forgotten just how great her other books are and I'm so glad I gave this a chance The writing is swe

  3. says:

    This felt like a slightly different Streatfeild book Of course it's also I think the first one I've read for the first time as an adult But mostly it's that it's about the untalented sibling And unlike characters

  4. says:

    Better known as Movie Shoes this story follows the three Winter children from their London home to the shores o

  5. says:

    In this story the Winter family moves from England to the US for six months so that the father can recover from an accident in the

  6. says:

    This was probably my least favorite Shoes book growing up because Jane is a difficult character to read about This is a Streatfield novel so the story starts with uite a set of coincidences her father is ill and the doctor says he must get out of England for the winter; his sister lives in Santa Monica; Jane is wandering around Santa Monica when she finds a lost dog whose owner is a movie producer looking for a Mary for his The

  7. says:

    The very worst Streatfield I have ever read None of the characters is remotely sympathetic and I didn't feel at all empathetic with any of the three self involved children Tim was obnoxious Rachel oblivious and Jane flat down unplea

  8. says:

    A typical Streatfeild family feature in this book a gifted ballet dancer a talented musician and an irritable un artistic middle child The family have the chance to spend the winter with a relative in California and the m

  9. says:

    During the summer I was eight I chose this for the plane ride to my grandparents' And even though we went to the library at least twice a week I read it over and over again Not only does Streatfeild give the perfect shout out to The Secret Garden she brings back the Fossils I still get excited when Rachel has lunch with Posy and PaulineAunt

  10. says:

    The painted garden is a heartwarming book and was recommended to me by my mother It can occasionally be dry and boring but is normally engaging It explores the theme of self discovery It is about the Winter family mainly the middle c

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