In the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess comes Noel Streatfeild's tales of triumph! In this story, originally published in 1937, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and follow their dreams -- Petrova wants to fly airplanes, Posy wants to dance ballet, and Pauline wants to be an actress. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars!
"Pauline, Petrova, and Posie start life off as carefree children, but when their adopted Great Uncle Max (a.k.a. Gum) disappears on a fossil hunting expedition, the young girls find themselves becoming the breadwinners of the family. As stage performers they are able to give back to the only family they have ever known, and have their own adventures while they're at it. This charming and often humorous story stands the test of time. The strong female characters solve many conflicts on their own. In the end, each girl is also able to choose her own path in life." -- School Library Journal
The delightful novel was recently adapted for a film starring Emma Watson.
Pauline, Petrova and Posy are found as orphaned babies in different parts of the world by eccentric fossil collector and explorer Gum. He adopts them, takes them to his London home and leaves them in the care of his niece Sylvia and the family Nurse. Then off he goes to continue his exploring, saying that he'll be back in five years' time. When the three little girls are old enough, they choose the surname Fossil for themselves and vow to make the name famous.
At first they lead privileged and sheltered lives. But when Gum fails to return after five years, Sylvia's money begins to run out. First she is forced to take in some boarders - an engaging and eclectic mix of characters - but then she decides that the girls should go to acting school. This way they will be able to earn some money before they grow up. Pauline adores the school, as she dreams of becoming an actress. Petrova hates it, all she wants to do is learn about cars and planes and engines. Posy loves it too -- she is born to be a dancer and the school is the perfect place for her.
|Recommended Age||7 - 10|
|Publication Date||Nov 23, 1993|