“Skating Shoes,” by Noel Streatfeild.

The first time I heard about the shoe books, I was watching the romantic comedy, “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. At the time, I thought (silly me) the books were created for the movie, they weren’t real books. So, I never looked for the shoe books. Recently, I was in a delightful store for children in the town where I reside. This particular store has a colorful and magical book section in the back of their wonderful store. I love it back there! The day I was in the children’s store I walked to the book section and sat down on the floor, where I could get an up close and personal look at the books in front of me. And, oh my goodness! The shoe books were directly in front of me. I was so excited. Of course, I bought one!

In, “Skating Shoes,” Harriet has been sick. As a result of the illness, she is weak and thin. So, her doctor prescribes figure skating! On her first day at the skating rink, Harriet meets Lalla, an accomplished figure skater, and so the friendship begins.

This is a good story for girls from 9 to 109. I personally liked Alec, Harriet’s brother and Mr. Pulton. Alec unselfishly got a job and paid for the rental of Harriet’s skates! Mr. Pulton, a quiet, thoughtful man became not only an employer to Alec, but a friend as well. Happy Reading!

read 002“I’d start with Ballet Shoes, it’s my favorite, although Skating Shoes is completely wonderful.” -Kathleen (Meg Ryan) in You’ve Got Mail

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