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I read this book MANY years ago. A space mission is sent to a destination many light years away. A set of babies and people to tend/raise them are frozen and awakened when near the destination. The babies are raised, and the usual problems of child-rearing arise to the point that the mission cannot continue. Then the adults are told that this was a practice session, the real babies are now ready to be raised after this practice session.

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    Are you sure it was "a book", not a novella? – user14111 Jun 6 at 19:09
  • Could have been a novella, it was a long time ago that I read it – marj c Jun 7 at 19:11
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    @marjc so it could be Birthdays by Fred Saberhagen detailed in the Kenster's link above? – Ayshe Jun 8 at 12:40
  • Are there other writings with the same or similar theme? – marj c Jun 9 at 18:12

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