The Story of Doctor Dolittle [NOOK Book]

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There are some of us now reaching middle age who discover themselves to be lamenting the past in one respect if in none other, that there are no books written now for children comparable with those of thirty years ago. I say written FOR children because the new psychological business of writing ABOUT them as though they were small pills or hatched in some especially scientific method is extremely popular today. Writing for children rather than about them is very difficult as ...
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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

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Overview

There are some of us now reaching middle age who discover themselves to be lamenting the past in one respect if in none other, that there are no books written now for children comparable with those of thirty years ago. I say written FOR children because the new psychological business of writing ABOUT them as though they were small pills or hatched in some especially scientific method is extremely popular today. Writing for children rather than about them is very difficult as everybody who has tried it knows
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782819922230
  • Publisher: pubOne.info
  • Publication date: 12/3/2010
  • Series: Doctor Dolittle Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 122 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Fun for kids!

    My son enjoyed reading the book but enjoyed the illustrations most!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Ok

    Its ok but i will read it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    The story of doctor dolittle

    I loved the stories when i was 10, sixty years ago.i was appalled by the reviewer who said to see movie instead. The original movie that recieved and deserved 1 1/2*'s.i compare that to maybe recomending disneys 'mermaid' and panning hans christian anderson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Bah

    Wont download

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    Racist.

    I am and always have been a huge fan of old movies. As a kid I was shown the Doctor Dolittle movie starring Rex Harrison and fell in love with the story of a man who could talk to animals. It's been years since I saw the movie and decided to read the first book in the series. Besides The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting wrote eleven other books in this children's series.

    Dr. John Doolittle is a respected physician with a love of animals, who eventually loses his human patients due to the increasing amounts of animals that live with him. He lives with his sister in the English town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh. One day he learns that he can speak to his animals when he begins to understand his parrot, Polynesia. He then takes up veterinary practice, and his fame spreads among the animals as a doctor who can talk to and understand them. He is eventually persuaded to travel to Africa to cure a monkey epidemic, but on the way is shipwrecked and captured by the king of Jolligingki. He barely escapes with his life, as the king is a victim of European colonization and hates any Europeans. Doolittle and his animal companions eventually make it to the land of the monkey epidemic, where he is able to cure and vaccinate all the monkeys. In appreciation for his services, the monkeys give Doolittle a rare gazelle-unicorn cross called a pushmi-pullyu. On the way back to England, Doolittle is again captured by the king of Jolligingki, but escapes with the help of a prince named Prince Bumpo. Eventually, Doolittle makes it back to England and tours with the pushmi-pullyu in a circus until he makes enough money to retire back to Puddleby.

    Surprisingly I really wasn't a fan of the book. I think it was because of the racism that was clearly evident in the writing and illustrations. The racial terms used to refer to black people and the monkey-like illustrations really hindered any type of pleasure I might have found in the novel. While young children reading the novel may not understand the offensiveness in the words and images, it still isn't something I'd want them learning if I was a parent.

    The one thing that I did enjoy about the book was the relationship that Doctor Dolittle had with his animals. It was heartwarming to see how much Dolittle cared about the animals. He was willing to go hungry, lose his house, and his family all for his love of the animals.

    The idea behind Doctor Dolittle and all the creatures and everything is a creative one, but there was just something about the book that didn't work for me. Maybe I was reading it at the wrong age? For those parents out there , show your kids the Rex Harrison film version if you want to introduce them to Doctor Dolittle, skip these books.

    Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Tricky to read

    For some reason, the font was not properly translated, so when reading it, it has odd characters where a letter should be, and page numbers fall in the middle of a page. Despite the difficulty of trying to translate it, it's still a lovely book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Great Children's Classic

    I bought this book to read to my 4-year-old. We both greatly enjoyed it. My daughter was entranced by a man who could talk to animals and his adventures. Great for boy or girl, young or old. Illustrations beautifully done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 1999

    A Book with Real Staying Power!

    I read this book thirty-five years ago, and I still consider it one of the best books I ever read. Whether I'm going to the post office or discussing truffles, many things in life remind me of one Dr. Doolittle book or another. I have re-read it several times, and plan to read it again soon. It's like visiting with an old friend.

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