The plot for an animation need not be of ground breaking significance to make an impact. Zoya Kireeva's delicately drawn piece Foolish Girl has the young heroine of the tale disrupting proceedings with a series of anti-social activities designed to mask her loneliness and attract a young fellow she has her eyes on. Her wooing of him commences with the playground swing where she launches into a series of bewildering and gravity defying gyrations. The need to draw attention to herself gets her into more trouble at lunch. Then there's the trick with the mouse. If the little lad had only reciprocated some love! The colours are as delicate as raindrops and the animation expertly achieved as Zova captures the very essence of childhood, not only in the movement but also the astutely observed behaviour and a gently understated humour. In a world where we do not actually see the adults' faces, children behave like real children, in their own world, watching as the girl is chastised, hoisting up their dresses, bouncing on the potty. There is one delightful scene as the girls are preening themselves and each other, when a girl enters, struggling to get arms and head into the correct holes in her dress. The moment it pops into place we cut to the solitary girl looking downcast, only for a globule of saliva to plop from her mouth into the palette of paint she has ready for her next trick. Foolish Girl possesses an elegance of technique and natural story-telling that I find most appealing. And haven't we all attempted some lousy courtship?