How It Was with Dooms: A True Story from Africa

How It Was with Dooms: A True Story from Africa


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A remarkable portrait of a wild cheetah and the human family he chose to live with, documented with stunning photographs

When Dooms, a cheetah cub, was three or four weeks old, he came to live with the Hopcrafts on their game ranch in Kenya. From the time Xan Hopcraft, now twelve years old, could remember, Dooms was a much-loved member of the family. He died when Xan was seven. To ease their sorrow, Xan's mother, Carol, suggested they put together a scrapbook of her photos and Xan's drawings and tell the story of Dooms. Xan spoke into a tape recorder and Carol typed the story. Xan's simple, direct text gives a rich sense of Dooms's life, as a tiny cub living first in the house for safety, and thereafter as a free wild cheetah who chose never to leave the Hopcraft family. Finally, Xan tells of the shock and grief of Dooms's death. Together with Carol's family photographs, this book creates a memorable picture of a beautiful animal and his remarkable acceptance of humans. Dooms lives in these pages, and all who look and read will be deeply moved by this unique record.

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ISBN-13: 9780689810916
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 10.28(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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