FISH SOUP by Ursula Le Guin

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When the Thinking Man of Moha and the Writing Woman of Maho talk about having a child, two children appear, shaped by the friends' expectations of what a child should be.

About Ursula Le Guin

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Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore. Kathryn Lindskoog is a first-generation C. S. Lewis specialist who has studied his writing since 1954. She went to Oxford to meet Lewis in 1956 and has published eight books about him since then, including Light in the Shadowlands and C. S. Lewis: Mere Christian. She has taught writing and literature in several institutions, including Fuller Theological Seminary and Biola University. For almost two decades she produced a quarterly newsletter called The Lewis Legacy
Published September 30, 1992 by Atheneum. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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and, after the couple realizes that the boy is growing too large because the woman expects too much of him, while the girl consists of only a dress and shoes because the man expects too little, a cheerful accommodation is reached, incorporating the new generation.

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This meager original fable by celebrated author LeGuin concerns two adult friends, Thinking Man and Writing Woman.

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