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How It Was with Dooms is a children's book dictated to Carol Cawthra Hopcraft by her young son Xan Hopcraft. It tells the true story of the young boy's friendship with an orphaned cheetah on the family's game ranch in Kenya. Carol Hopcraft, a wildlife photographer, provided photographs for the book, while her son provided illustrations. It was published in 1997 by Margaret K. McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster. (64 pages, ISBN 0-689-81091-1)[1][2][3][4] The book was loosely adapted into a film in 2005, under the title Duma.[5][6]

How It Was with Dooms
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AuthorCarol Cawthra Hopcraft
Xan Hopcraft
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's novel
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages64 (first edition)
LC ClassQL737.C23 H655 1997


  1. ^ "- Sierra Club".
  2. ^ "Xan Hopcraft". Simon & Schuster.
  3. ^ "How It Was with Dooms: A True Story from Africa". Natural History. 1997.
  4. ^ How It Was with Dooms. Margaret K. McElderry. 1997. ISBN 0-689-81091-1.
  5. ^ Dargis, Manohla. "Duma (2005)". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (30 September 2005). "Inching Toward Adulthood With a Cheetah for a Friend". The New York Times.

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