Strange beginnings, unconventional circumstances, and an unusual family make a romatic background for this story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy. They were given the surname Fossil because collecting fossils was the absorbing hobby of nice old Matthew Brown. All three children became his wards, although none of them were related to him, or to each other, or to anyone else in the story.
Many people think this is the best of Noel Streatfeild's stories for children. It is amusing, good-humoured and vigorous. All her characters are so true to life that they dance through the pages and there is such a warm-hearted atmosphere of home and making the best of things, of perseverance and success, that many a reader may feel inspired to go off and have another try at her own particular ambition, while the rest will certainly read avidly on from beginning to end, whether ballet has so far meant anything to them or not.
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- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 7+
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