How it was with Dooms: A True Story from Africa
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
Even before twelve-year-old Xan Hopcraft was born, Dooms a cheetah cub, had come to live with the Hopcrafts on their game ranch in Kenya. Separated from his mother, Dooms was only three or four weeks old and unable to feed or care for himself.From the time Xan could remember, Dooms was always there, a much-loved member of the family. When Xan was seven years old Dooms died, leaving Xan and his parents with a huge sense of loss. To ease their sorrow, Xan's mother, Carol, suggested they put together a scrapbook of her photos and his drawings and tell the story of Dooms. Xan spoke into a tape recorder and Carol typed the story. "How It Was with Dooms" is the result.
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