I found that the first four books in the series are relatively easy and inexpensive to obtain, the next six relatively easy to obtain (although I did not manage to get them all in the blue Piccolo editions that I remember reading as a child) and the last four virtually impossible to obtain.
Girls Gone By Publishing have published the last four books, but unfortunately these are now out of print. I have managed to find copies of two of them (beautiful editions featuring the old dustwrappers), so I am only missing the last two titles of the series - Vicki in Venice and The secret, but these will be expensive, so they are definitely wish-list titles for the future.
I love the idea of these books, the concept that ordinary girls can pursue their dreams and become ballerinas. How many little girls don't want to dance? Every time that I see a ballet I am overcome by the beauty of dancing and wish that I had kept up my ballet lessons for longer than a term. The ballet is also hugely romantic, and I am very lucky that my partner also likes the ballet and that we can go together.
My shopping also led me to the discovery that she has written some other series, including another ballet series called The Dancing Peel books. I ordered a couple of these to sample as well. She also wrote some non ballet books which I would love to see and a handful of books for adults.
As we have three more trips to the ballet lined up between now and the end of March (Romeo and Juliet this Saturday, Cinderella and La Fille mal gardee (all ballets which I have not seen before), I am sure that I will enjoy indulging myself in these comfort reads.
Are there any ballet books that you loved as a child?
(The full list is:
- A Dream of Sadlers Wells (1950)
- Veronica at the Wells (1951)
- Masquerade at the Wells (1952)
- No Castanets at the Wells (1953)
- Jane Leaves the Wells (1953)
- Ella at the Wells (1954)
- Return to the Wells (1955)
- Rosanna Joins the Wells (1956)
- Principal Rôle (1957)
- Swan Feather (1958)
- Dress-Rehearsal (1959)
- Back-Stage (1960)
- Vicki in Venice (1962)
- The Secret (1964))