'Princess Sheeba' by Malcolm J. Croan
Adults/Kids will enjoy this humorous tale of an orphaned dingo pup. In a recent literary competition, was placed second. Comments included ‘The next Lion King!’
Born on an abandoned cattle station in the searing heat of the Australian outback, Sheeba after surviving an opportunistic attack by a family of wild boar, is rescued from marauding buckaroos by Kaz The Wise One, a rather eccentric but well meaning kookaburra. Unable to care for the estranged dingo pup, Kaz with Sheeba dangling precariously from his beak takes her home to the more forgiving climate of the coastal bush. Here in the early hours of dawn, he places the helpless whelp in the pouch of a baron, but profusely lactating old female kangaroo, known to all the group as Aunt Gerty.
Acceptance by the entire mob of kangaroos is not a forgone conclusion, but with the help and mentorship of Big Red the leader of the group Sheeba is accepted by the adult roos but shunned by the younger joeys. Desperate to be just like all the other young kangaroos, but spurned at every attempt because of her short hind legs, puny tail, and golden color, Sheeba finally has to accept that she is a dingo, and if Kaz the wise one is to be believed, is of royal blood.
- Classification: Universal
- Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
- First submitted May 14, 2009
- Last updated May 14, 2009
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