I have used the following reference materials when writing the
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Books/Articles Specifically About Noel Streatfeild
Brennan, Geraldine. (1995) "Class
acts in the chorus line." Times Educational Supplement,
22 December 1995, p. 18.
Centenary article about Noel Streatfeild's work, suggesting that
the best aspects are the "family vignettes and backstage
Bull, Angela. (1984) Noel Streatfeild.
London: William Collins Sons & Co Ltd.
An excellent biography of Noel Streatfeild, incorporating the
author's impressions of many of Noel's books.
Gunn, Katharine. (1985) "Noel Streatfeild
& Her Children's Books ." Book and Magazine Collector,
21 (November 1985), pp. 20-26.
Brief biography of Noel Streatfeild, and information about the
collectability of her children's books.
Huse, Nancy. (1994) Noel Streatfeild.
New York: Twayne Publishers.
Literary criticism, suggesting "some meaningful ways to evaluate
the family novel, the role of a children's novelist in preserving
and constructing a historical record, and the implications of
formulaic patterns that derive from female experience".
McDonnell, Christine. (1978) "A
Second Look: Ballet Shoes ." Horn Book Magazine,
April, 1978, pp. 191-193.
Article about Ballet Shoes, praising its detailing of
everyday life, and the fact that it seems very modern in the way
it presents women: "Self-sufficiency is shown as essential,
and independence taken for granted."
Paxford, Sandra. (1971) "Children Who Have Far to Go."
The Junior Bookshelf, 35, pp. 290-292.
Article about Noel Streatfeild, emphasising the element of security
that runs through all her books, and the fact that all of her
characters know, or learn, where they are going in life.
Tucker, Nicholas. (1986) "Two English Worthies."
Children's Literature in Education, 17:3, pp. 191-197.
Article about Noel Streatfeild and Arthur Ransome, speculating
on "what exactly it is that makes their novels still fairly
popular today with the young".
Wilson, Barbara Ker. (1961)
Noel Streatfeild. London: Bodley Head.
An early mongraph, part biography, part literary criticism. Barbara
Ker Wilson had met Noel Streatfeild, and thanked her for "answering
so many questions with much patience and in such an encouraging
Mary and Craig, Patricia. (1978) Women and Children First:
The Fiction of Two World Wars. London: Victor Gollancz.
Mary and Craig, Patricia. (1976) You're a Brick, Angela! The
Girls' Story, 1839-1985. London: Victor Gollancz.
Carpenter, Humphrey and Prichard, Mari. (1984) The Oxford
Companion to Children's Literature. Oxford: Oxford University
An encyclopedia of children's literature (with a number of inaccuracies).
Crouch, Marcus. (1972) The Nesbit Tradition. The Children's
Novel in England 1945-1970. London: Ernest Benn Ltd.
Describes Noel Streatfeild as "a pioneer of the modern children's
novel" (p. 185), but spends less than one page on her.
Dixon, Bob. (1977) Catching Them Young: Sex, Race and Class
in Children's Fiction. London: Pluto Press Limited.
Includes Noel Streatfeild's work in the category of girls stories
clearly aimed at fantasy. Some discussion of Ballet Shoes,
The Circus is Coming, Curtain Up and Thursday's
Fisher, Margery. (1964) Intent Upon
Reading. Leicester: Brockhampton Press Ltd.
Book about children's fiction. Only mentions Noel Streatfeild
briefly (pp. 188-9): suggests that her books are "primarily
studies in character".
Watson, Victor (Ed). (2001) The Cambridge
Guide to Children's Books in English. Cambridge: Cambridge
An encyclopedia of children's literature. Articles about Noel
Streatfeild are mostly written by Susan Ang (of the National University