Lila Bloom by Alexander Stadler

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Performing well can be its own reward

Lila Bloom is in a very bad mood. On the way to ballet practice, Lila declares, "I despise ballet!" and later announces, "This will be my last class." Lila's unflappable teacher, Madame Vera, suggests that maybe quitting is not such a bad idea. She even points out that Lila has been dancing "like an old noodle." An angry Lila puts extra effort into her dancing, but Madame doesn't seem to notice. And then something marvelous happens.

Expressive ink-and-gouache illustrations capture all of Lila Bloom's emotions as her day goes from bad to worse to wonderful.

About Alexander Stadler

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Alexander is a writer, illustrator, and textile designer. He lives in Philadelphia with his family.
Published May 5, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class.

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Aunt Celeste "hid[es] a small smile" when Lila wants to quit, and Madame pretends not to notice Lila's struggles to perform.

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