Tuesday, January 17, 2012

30 Days of Books Challenge: Day 18 - A book you can’t find on shelves anymore that you love

Read: Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild
Stars: Five

Drinking: Earl Grey Classic, Fortnum & Mason

Honestly, there are very few books that one cannot find in some form anymore.  Between Project Gutenberg and various online booksellers it is possible to find just about any book. However, just wandering around in a bookstore or library gives an idea of what books are popular and what books have fallen out of favor.  Ballet Shoes must be considered outdated, or I'm going to the wrong bookstores and libraries, because I am unable to find it easily.

It's a tragedy, because Ballet Shoes is a classic novel for girls and young women.  Who among you wasn't inspired by the Fossil girls growing up through their hardship to become a film star, a ballerina, and a mechanic?  Who didn't wish they had a big house full of interesting lodgers?  Or wish that they lived up the road from the Victoria and Albert museum?  Just me?  Ok, then.

Interestingly, I easily found the book while in South Africa five years ago.  I purchased it and read it to my 8-year-old host sister, who loved dance.  She was absolutely enthralled with the story.  A great book like Ballet Shoes transcends culture and time to inspire anyone who reads it.

30 Days of Books Challenge

Day 07 - A book that’s hard to read