The Story of Doctor Dolittle

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting
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The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

John Dolittle is a kind-hearted country physician who keeps goldfish in his pond, rabbits in the pantry, white mice in a piano, and a hedge-hog in the cellar. He also has an unusual gift: he can talk to animals-a talent that comes in handy, since he prefers treating animals, rather than humans, as his patients.

One day, a mysterious call summons him to Africa, where a serious epidemic has spread among the monkey population. Of course, the good doctor sets out immediately with some of his best friends-Jip, the dog, and Polynesia, the parrot, among others. Along the way, they're joined by new acquaintances, including the pushmi-pullyu, a remarkable creature that has a head at both ends of its body.

"Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly, and enthusiastic doctor/naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important," said renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

An entertaining classic that has charmed readers of all ages for generations, Hugh Lofting's timeless tale is accompanied by 27 of his own delightful illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612035260
Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

John Dolittle is a kind and generous country doctor who loves animals — a fact made quite apparent by the "goldfish in the pond at the bottom of his garden . . . rabbits in the pantry, white mice in his piano, a squirrel in the linen closet, and a hedgehog in the cellar." In fact, he likes them so much that he decides to quit his regular practice and become an animal doctor.
Determined to help all creatures in need of medical aid, Doctor Dolittle travels to Africa after learning about a serious illness there among the primate population. He leaves for the continent, accompanied by some of his devoted friends and joined by new acquaintances — among them the extraordinary pushmi-pullyu, a creature sporting a head at both ends of its body; Polynesia, the parrot; Too-Too, the owl; the monkey Chee-Chee; and Jip, the dog.
Hugh Lofting's entertaining classic about the eccentric doctor who could speak to animals has charmed readers of all ages since it was first published in 1920. This volume, newly reset in easy-to-read type and delightfully enhanced with 29 of the author's original illustrations, includes all the remarkable adventures undertaken by the immensely lovable doctor. Adults, children, and fans of timeless animal stories will welcome this new edition of an old favorite.

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Story of Doctor Dolittle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!! I like what they said in the intro... Fun animals!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son enjoyed reading the book but enjoyed the illustrations most!
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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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Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
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)
catesalim More than 1 year ago
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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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its ok but i will read it again