The Painted Garden { PDF } Author Noel Streatfeild


  • Paperback
  • 239
  • The Painted Garden
  • Noel Streatfeild
  • English
  • 16 July 2019
  • 9780440458159

10 thoughts on “The Painted Garden

  1. says:

    This is one of those books that you need to read as a child to experience what the author intendsI am sure I'd have loved it if I'd

  2. says:

    Wonderful read and very unexpected too I'd forgotten just how great her other books are and I'm so glad I gave this a chance The writing is sweet and warm and the children's adventures are full of wonder The Christmas scenes in particular really moved me and the beginning of the book about the family's first steps in America is hilarious I

  3. says:

    This felt like a slightly different Streatfeild book Of course it's also I think the first one I've read for the first time as an adult But mostly it's that it's about the untalented sibling And unlike characters

  4. says:

    Better known as Movie Shoes this story follows the three Winter children from their London home to the shores of Santa Monica in order for their father to recuperate from a nervous breakdown in the warm climate of his sister’s home

  5. says:

    In this story the Winter family moves from England to the US for six months so that the father can recover from an accide

  6. says:

    This was probably my least favorite Shoes book growing up because Jane is a difficult character to read about This is a Streatfield novel so the story starts with uite a set of coincidences her father is ill and the doctor says he must get out of England for the winter; his sister lives in Santa Monica; Jane is wanderin

  7. says:

    The very worst Streatfield I have ever read None of the characters is remotely sympathetic and I didn't feel at all empathetic with any of the three self involved children Tim was obnoxious Rachel oblivious and Jane flat down unpleasant Their parents just kind of hang around waving their hands admiringly and sa

  8. says:

    A typical Streatfeild family feature in this book a gifted ballet dancer a talented musician and an irritable un artistic middle child The family have the chance to spend the winter with a relative in California and the middle child gets a chance to shine Family dynamics push this book forward; a lovely gentle read with humour and moving moments Most of the story takes place in California with some mildly amus

  9. says:

    During the summer I was eight I chose this for the plane ride to my grandparents' And even though we went to the library at least twice a week I read it over and over again Not only does Streatfeild give the perfect shout out to The Secret Garden she brings back the Fossils I still get excited when Rachel has lunch with Posy and PaulineAunt Cora is one of my favorite Streatfeild characters She's so selfish and whiny and her type

  10. says:

    The painted garden is a heartwarming book and was recommended to me by my mother It can occasionally be dry and boring but is normally engaging It explores the theme of self discovery It is about the Winter family mainly the middle child crabby Jane and their adventures during their trip to America

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Ne for the lead part of Mary in The Secret Garden No one's ever noticed Jane before Could this be the chance of a lifetimeAlternate Title The Painted Garden The very worst Streatfield I have ever read None of the characters is remotely sympathetic and I didn t feel at all empathetic with any of the three self involved children Tim was obnoxious Rachel oblivious and Jane flat down unpleasant Their parents just kind of hang around waving their hands admiringly and saying Well honey if that s what you want to do go for it The Americans are cardboard did Streatfield ever visit America with stupid made up sounding names like Sneltzworther and seriously Bee Bee Studios Streatfield certainly wasn t trying very hard I found it very hard to believe that even in 1949 an American child actress in Hollywood would go around curtseying to guests at her own party Shaking hands yes being polite certainly but not curtseying But then Streatfield has a thing about curtseying in her dancing storiesPosy Fossil makes a reprise performance from an earlier book as I thought going to Czechoslovakia in 1938 didn t work out though we are never told how she and her dancing master made it to the US before WW2 But even she and her entourage are background I trudged to the end willing it to be over just to see if Streatfield could redeem this thing She couldn t The ending was tacked on just to sweep the family back to England loaded down with presents and satisfying clat having got what they wanted money and a free vacation I guess The final scene with the train had me rolling my eyesIf you haven t read any of Streatfield s Shoe books don t start here If I had it would have put me off her for life Maybe that s why the author worked in so much about The Secret Garden maybe she knew it wasn t very good so she tried to ride on a better book s coattail

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Life is tough for the Winter family in London with little money and Dad out of work Luckily Aunt Cora comes to the rescue with an invitation to live in Cali This felt like a slightly different Streatfeild book Of course it s also I think the first one I ve read for the first time as an adult But mostly it s that it s about the untalented sibling And unlike characters like Petrova she is not happy being untalented Which I thought was very realistic She s written with sympathy but the narrative still make it clear the poor girl isn t that talented despite the movie roleAnyway it just felt a little less fun I guess But you get to see adult Fossils And I liked Rachel She has a uiet kind of journey I like Tim too but I guess he felt less distinct I guess Streatfeild s boys have never stuck out to me muchBut I am sad the book ended view spoilerbefore Jane and Chewing Gum s reunion hide spoiler

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Fornia From that moment on talented Rachel and Tim dream of stardom in America The family couldn't be surprised when a movie producer picks plain peevish Ja This was probably my least favorite Shoes book growing up because Jane is a difficult character to read about This is a Streatfield novel so the story starts with uite a set of coincidences her father is ill and the doctor says he must get out of England for the winter his sister lives in Santa Monica Jane is wandering around Santa Monica when she finds a lost dog whose owner is a movie producer looking for a Mary for his The Secret Garden Jane gets the part because she s British and emphatic Jane s a hard character Her sister is a talented dancer and her brother is a talented pianist She s the middle untalented child and the plainest one too Streatfield has characters like that but they usually aren t given a story Here Jane is and it s both compelling and disturbing I m not going to take away from the fact that Jane is very difficult because she is and very realistically so but her parents behavior is shocking Which was a new discovery for me on this reread Bee is embarrassed of her and John is entertained by her and neither try to parent at all Mrs Doe who s in the book for three pages a is a better listener and b gives excellent practical advice which c demonstrates understanding of Jane than her parents ever show And then there s Dr Smith and even Jane s Mr Browne who both relate to Jane through her dog again than Bee and John do Movie Shoes ends up being a story likely inadvertently of an enchanted California interlude Of a child who s the odd one out and who makes her own luck through sheer force of will and who s going back to her odd man out life in England where her best friend is her dog Outside the confines of this book the story is pretty miserable


About the Author: Noel Streatfeild

Mary Noel Streatfeild known as Noel Streatfeild was an author best known and loved for her children's books including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve 1895 the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest after Noel came Barbara William 'Bill' Joyce who died of TB p