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Literature & Fiction
  • Author:
    Noel Streatfeild
  • ISBN:
    0140301577
  • ISBN13:
    978-0140301571
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  • Publisher:
    Puffin; Revised Edition, First Printing edition (1983)
  • Pages:
    304 pages
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    Literature & Fiction
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The Painted Garden is a children's novel by British author Noel Streatfeild. It was first published in serial form in 1948, and as a book (subtitled The Story of a Holiday in Hollywood) in 1949.

The Painted Garden is a children's novel by British author Noel Streatfeild. The novel is now out of print, the most recent publication being the 2000 Collins paperback. Crabby Jane Winter is furious when her family plans to spend the winter in California, leaving her dog in London.

Children's stories, Children's stories in English, 1900- Texts.

Streatfeild, Noel, 1895-1986; Hughes, Shirley, 1929-. Children's stories, Children's stories in English, 1900- Texts. Harmondsworth (et. : Puffin Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

The Painted Garden: A Story of a Holiday in Hollywood. 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. Book in the Shoes Series). Do you remember when the Meg Ryan character walked into Tom Hanks' FOX BOOKS store and the customer asked about the "Shoes" books, and a monologue about the wonders of Noel Streatfeild's "Shoes" books ensued, touching on Dancing Shoes, Ballet Shoes, and Skating Shoes, which is absolutely wonderful? That scene made me break down crying, because I had never heard anyone other than myself talk about these terrific books,. A Book I almost Wrote Myself Before I Found It!

The Painted Garden by Noel Streatfeild - a oft read book of my childhood and stands up to reading by an adult . All about Covers: The Painted Garden by Noel Streatfeild.

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Title: The Painted Garden: A Story of a Holiday in Hollywood (Puffin Books) Author(s): Noel Streatfield ISBN: 0-14-030157-7 .

Christmas with the Chrystals is a gorgeous short story about how an influx of cheery young cousins at Christmas warms the heart of a haughty grandmother and lights up her chilly home.

Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. Christmas with the Chrystals is a gorgeous short story about how an influx of cheery young cousins at Christmas warms the heart of a haughty grandmother and lights up her chilly home. This very special Yuletide story is accompanied by several Streatfeild Christmas extracts from her many children's novels, including an (almost) never-before-seen sequel chapter to her bestseller Ballet Shoes.

A Californian holiday inspires a sweet take on Yorkshire pudding to conjure up a breakfast treat. The first thing they did on arrival was to have another breakfast. Just as if she had known what they would like Bella had made popovers for them; as well there was the most amazing fruit. The Painted Garden, Noel Streatfeild. When I was 12, we won a competition at our local shopping centre

the story of a holiday in Hollywood. This is a children's novel about an English family who travel to California.

the story of a holiday in Hollywood. Published 1949 by Collins in London. In library, Family, Fiction, Children's stories, English, Motion picture industry, Child actors. It focuses on the cross-grained Jane, whose personality alone lands her the role of Mary in a film version of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Colin is played by a famous child actor, and Dickon by a boy who has an amazing gift with animals. A great deal of the book is concerned with the making of the film.

Printer: Cox and Wyman Ltd Price: 3/6d. Definitely not in our school library at that time. Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head. very good book about an all too common situation. This was on my HS summer reading list and the cover completely threw me for a loop. It is the old time version of Teen Mom!


Whitehammer
Love this book. Read it when I was a kid, and, when it fell apart, I bought it from Amazon for my kids. Wonderful realistic fantasy. Old-fashioned-ness does not detract from its charm at all. My kids loved it. Well-written.
Pringles
Very satisfied.
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Set in the 1940s, The Painted Garden is the story of an ordinary family with some extraordinary issues. Unusually for a children's book, and for the time frame, the father suffers from depression, triggered by a car accident and the family must tiptoe around him, hoping he will recover and start working again. While the mother worries about money, she doesn't consider working herself, and they also have a family friend, nicknamed "Peaseblossom", to help look after the school aged children. Except for this, and the modes of transport in the story, the characters are forcefully modern and the story has a good strong pace.
In a time before anti-depressants, the doctor prescribes sunshine - a difficult achievement for an English family with no money. By a lucky coincidence, the father has a sister who lives in California, and Peaseblossom manages to pay for everyone's passage to America.
With all this happening in the background, the three children dominate the story. Rachel, the eldest, is a gifted dancer, and Tim, the youngest is a gifted pianist. That leaves Jane, the stereotypical middle child, with her brooding resentment of the attention showered on her siblings, and her only friend being her beloved dog Chewing-gum. The proposed trip to California is a small tragedy for each child - Rachel was about to start her first professional dancing role, Tim had the opportunity to study with a professional pianist, and Jane is heartbroken at leaving Chewing-gum. But they are fascinated by their shipboard voyage to New York, and then their train ride to California, even though the snappy dialogue keeps their characters clear and consistent.
At their aunt's house, they discover that American children are expected to be independent and earn any pocket money, so the children set out to do just that. Tim finds a place where he can practice piano all day in return for tips, and Jane approaches a neighbour offering to become a dog walker. But here the story takes a strange twist - they are on the outskirts of Hollywood after all, and the neighbour happens to be a film producer in despair about his next production, which happens to be The Secret Garden, whose star is no longer available to play the lead role of Mary. Enter Jane, bad-tempered, forthright and very English - the perfect person to play Mary. Suddenly, Jane is relishing the opportunity to be "the important one", earning the money they all need so badly, and the one whose talent is putting her in the spotlight.
But Noel Streatfeild keeps the story honest and realistic. Being a movie actress is hard work and while Jane's siblings can play in the California sunshine, she is stuck in a studio classroom doing her legally mandated three hours of schooling before filming. She is not a natural actress and she doesn't make friends easily, so the work environment has a few challenges for her. But some experiences shine out - the boy who played Dickon has the same rapport with animals as the character from The Secret Garden. When the work is done, she sees herself on the screen - amazingly, all this fits neatly within their 6 month holiday. Best of all, she does manage to build that little edge of confidence she needs, simply by understanding that she is good at something.
I loved this book as a child, and reading it again as an adult, I can see how well-drawn the characters are, and what a natural timeless family dynamic Streatfeild has portrayed. There is no fairytale ending, just a forgotten girl who has her moment to shine, even while everybody reminds her that it is just one moment. My guess is that the adult Jane would be more resilient and confident that her sensitive ballerina sister Rachel, who is cherished as the family "star" and slips away to cry every time she misses an opportunity.
As a backdrop to the story, The Secret Garden is filmed, with a few changes and a few tantrums from the child stars.
Recommended for anyone who loved The Secret Garden, or for any middle child girls who struggle to outshine their talented siblings, or for anyone who wants some insight (a little outdated) into what it would be like to work in the movies.