This is a story of seeking understanding between species and also between humans. While the underlying world and tropes are old fashioned science fiction exploration, the story has the feel of a fable. In brief, space explorers encounter an odd, vegetative life form and an unexpected mistake gives them an odd life form and new companion to raise and teach. The crew grows together and family life is recreated at an accelerated rate.
I thought the ending was a little too easy, and took away a certain bittersweet element that would have added to the flavor of the piece, but on the whole, definitely an enjoyable reading experience.
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