Today’s letter is B, and my book is Ballet Shoes for Anna. This is a book that I remember reading when I was very little girl with my mum. It is a moving story of a little girl in Turkey whose family can’t afford to get her ballet lessons, and her fight to reach her dream of becoming a ballerina.
After an earthquake has devastated her family, Anna is forced to live with her disapproving uncle who does think that dancing is a suitable career. Her brothers and Anna save their money to buy ballet shoes for Anna in order for her to continue to follow her dancing dreams.
This is a special story for me as although I cannot really remember the plot, I do remember sitting and reading it with my mum. It was one of the first books I read with her along with the Hobbit and Harry Potter. Apart from allowing me to continue a faint dream of being a ballerina, it got me reading from quite a young age, and graduating from the easier ‘baby’ books onto some older children’s reading.
What is the first book that you remember reading as a child, or to your children? Leave me a comment below saying the name of the book and if you remember the plotline.