Party Shoes

A welcome reissue of the 1945 book. Set during and after the firs World War, this classic novel tells he tory of Selina, who has been requested to live with her wife, uncle, and cousins in the country. When Selina receives a parcel from her odmother in America it causes much excitement among her and her brothers, and, to Selina 's delight, the parcel contains a beautiful party dress and a pair of party shoes. But delight turns to dismay when she says that she may no have an occasion to wear such a wonderful outfit- until, that is, she and her cousins come up with an idea of organizing a pageant ...
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Party Frock
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Published September 1st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1945

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( If you wil like a game for this eview, you can count up how many times I say things are lovely ...) Selina in Party Shoes has received a frock.

They will hold a pageant in the grounds of the local Abbey and that Selina will be willing to wear her frock at that.It 's a beautifu and ridiculous book this, and it 's asy to sa that it 's solely ridiculous with the benefit of reading this in todays age.

And to be frank there are moments of planning which drag a little only to be resolved in that blithe booky fashion which never seems to kno in real life.That 's one way of reading it, but I 'd sugges that there 's nother.

Streatfeild 's niece, Nicolette, received a dress during the war and the occasion never presented itself for the dress to be worn.

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Unlike the other Shoe Books, we do n't learn right away why Selina is living with her ousins.

Selina receives a lovely party dress and matching shoes from her odmother in America ( the story takes place in England), but since there is no upcoming event to which she can wear the dress, all the children get together and plan a pageant, just so Selina can wear her dress.

In fact, he whole production started to become rather unbelievable when Phillip, an injured soldier who produced plays before the war, and who grew up living in the Abbey, started to take an interest in the pageant.

children had put so much work into their acts, and then Phillip came along and usurped the entire production!

Even of just being an event at which Selina can wear her dress, the pageant was also a realization of Phillip 's dream to put on a production at the Abbey, and it ha a fitting farewell for the Day family, who were moving out of the Abbey after many generations of Days had lived there.

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Just so someone can wear a party dress! .The pageant planning and rehearsals go on forever and the book dragged on and on and took us about a month to get through.

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So she and her cousins get together to decide how they can reate an occasion for her to wear a dress.

They decide on giving a pageant.

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You ca easily say that the fathe, Selina, is main protagonis, but I hate to pin one down in a Streatfeild book.

which starts the children on the adventure of putting on a show.This book, like most of her writing, falls into the sub-genre my mother has labeled which is " Working Class People Who Find Redemption and Purpose through Creativity " ( it 's a mouthful, I believe, but it 's never th good genre to seek out!)

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