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The doctor and friends are sailing toward Africa to return Circus Crocodile to his mother when a giant wave washes their ship away, marooning them on a beach. When the island's king discovers that the animals talk, he locks them away, but Polynesia the parrot saves the day by swooping in with the keys. The group takes off into the jungle with the king in hot pursuit, and with the help of some monkeys, finds Circus Crocodile's mother. Magical Cure takes up the story with the island's animal king, the lion, begging the doctor to help his ailing son. Doctor Dolittle and his friends look for cures within the jungle, but just when Dolittle has lost hope, the ship reappears with his medicine on board. The cub is cured, but the group is split when Polynesia and Chee-Chee decide to stay in the jungle while the rest make their way home. With their easy writing style and simple vocabulary, these books are perfect for beginning readers. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations grace each page and will draw in reluctant readers wanting a glimpse of Doctor Dolittle's funny friends.
—Erika QuallsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.