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Years ago, 40? my students had in their 8th grade reader a short story about a friendly alien who looked like a koala and so 'fit in' on Earth. Alien befriended an Earthlings and they shared about their various 'cultures'.

I thought it was by Ray Bradbury or maybe Isaac Asimov.

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    Kind of makes me think of the Hoka stories,,, – FuzzyBoots Aug 24 '20 at 6:08
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    @Shreedhar This needed a better title and wasn’t tagged correctly as two basic things to do in review. Please pay more attention in the First Posts queue. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 24 '20 at 6:43
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Here's a possibility I found, by searching Google books for the terms Spaceship + Koala.

It gave a few very brief snippets that made it seem like a possibility. THen a Google search found this article.

The Star Dummy - Anthony Boucher (1952)

Paul Peters is a small-time ventriloquist ...

Seeking relaxation, Paul takes himself off to the zoo. Sadly, relaxation was not to be had that day as the zoo is atwitter. It seems there’s a strange beast in one of the cages, described simply as “like a koala, except where it’s like an anteater.” Ever intrigued, Paul makes his way to the scene of the mystery and finds a small furry creature not entirely unlike a koala drawing diagrams of the solar system in the dirt. ...

Paul convinces the zoo staff that the whole thing is just one big publicity stunt. The two exit the zoo ...

Mr. Koala isn’t here to harvest the world’s supply of eucalyptus leaves, but merely searching for his girlfriend who was lost on the planet a few weeks before ... the two decide to form a ventriloquism act, get themselves on television and thus publicize themselves so that Ms. Koala can find them ...

Not bad for a story, that interestingly, is all of 12 pages long.

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  • You can read the whole story here archive.org/details/… – user14111 Aug 24 '20 at 10:57
  • This is EXACTLY what I was looking for - thanks so much - there is a passage toward the end of the story (as the characters depart) that is a beautiful parallel to the Lord's Prayer "Our Father" in Matthew 6. I have been looking for this for years. – rozzl Aug 25 '20 at 22:38

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