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Apple Bough by Noel Streatfeild

Apple Bough (1962)

by Noel Streatfeild

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A typical Streatfeild family, with a highly gifted 12-year-old violinist, have been travelling around the world for a couple of years. However the other children long for a permanent home. There's a talented ballet dancer, a potential popular song writer who also likes to recite, and a very nicely drawn big sister who doesn't think she has any real talent at all.

It's a lovely book set in the middle of the 20th century, featuring family values and relationships. There's some mild humour and several surprisingly moving sections. Recommended for anyone of about eight or over, including adults. Great as a read-aloud, too. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Not one of my most favorites--everyone seems to whine a lot, Wolfgang is one of her more insufferable characters, Ethel is just a copy of Posy Fossil, Sebastian is "sensitive" (and suffers from "exhaustion"), and Myra is too good to be true.
And of course as usual the servants are much more sensible and responsible than the parents. Oh, and those hilarious foreigners! They just get so overemotional!
Still, it's never dull, and before you know it you've read the whole thing in one go. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When anyone mentioned Apple Bough the four Forum children gave each other remembering looks.
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'Travelling Shoes' was originally published under the title 'Apple Bough', the titles were changed on many of Noel Streatfeild's books to link them into a pseudo-series.
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The Forums are a musical English family living at a house called Apple Bough. Eight-year-old Sebastian is discovered to be a child violin prodigy -- so the parents take the whole family on a lengthy world concert tour for him. Over time, the three other children become weary of the travelling and want a home and careers of their own. After a visit back to England, they start to plan "Operation Home."
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Tired of being world citizens, traveling with their brother on his tours as a violin prodigy, three children plot to find a home of their own and discover careers of their own in films and ballet.

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