Sunday, March 6, 2011

What SF Story for YA is This?

3 Post Sections:
Initial problem; book review; teaching with science fiction.

Does this Story Sound Familiar?

Rozalyn Mansfield of Seeds of Discovery presented RFF with this problem that she got from a student.

"What science fiction story is about a small bad-tempered furry alien, who has super-strength, near-invulnerablility, and a super-dense molecular structure which makes it impossible for him to swim and which therefore makes him have a great dislike for water, and who has to disguise himself as a young person's pet in order to fit in on a lower technology planet?"

Answer, anyone? Choose one.
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • E.T.
  • Space Winners
  • Star Wars

Did you Choose Right?

Rozalyn offered this answer to her question.

"Actually the story is not "Lilo and Stitch," we found out, although "Lilo and Stitch" is one of our daughter's favorite movies-- "Lilo and Stitch" fits, but this is another, earlier story. The student gave us a copy to read; it's Space Winners by Gordon R. Dickson, which features a delightful alien being called Peep, who has the characteristics described."

Find out More

Read Rozalyn's book review of Space Winners Rozalyn Mansfield is the co-author of The Great Unicycle Race

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