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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

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In The Story of Doctor Dolittle, the first of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle books, we are introduced to the good doctor who gives up treating people after Polynesia, his parrot, teaches him animal languages. His fame in the animal kingdom spreads throughout the world and soon he sets off to cure a monkey epidemic in Africa, finding all sorts of exciting adventures on the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They made Polynesia, the parrot, housekeeper and laundress, because she was the oldest.

Of course at first they all found their new jobs very hard to do—all except Chee-Chee, who had hands, and could do things like a man. But they soon got used to it; and they used to think it great fun to watch Jip, the dog, sweeping his tail over the floor with a rag tied onto it for a broom. After a little they got to do the work so well that the Doctor said that he had never had his house kept so tidy or so clean before.

In this way things went along all right for a while; but without money they found it very hard.

Then the animals made a vegetable and flower stall outside the garden-gate and sold radishes and roses to the people that passed by along the road.

But still they didn't seem to make enough money to pay all the bills—and still the Doctor wouldn't worry. When the parrot came to him and told him that the fis. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If the only version of "Dr Dolittle" you know is Eddie Murphy's you don't know Dr Dolittle. Even if you've see the Rex Harrison musical, if you haven't read the book, you don't know Dr Dolittle.

Small, tubby, and shy, Dr Dolittle is a brilliant doctor whose love of animals loses him his human patient

Za presjeći nakon teške teme, ova knjižica je pun pogodak. Volim Dolittlea i cijelu njegovu dlakavo-pernatu ekipu!

"Bogat je tko je zadovoljan."

Oh dear. How many of you have seen the 1967 film, or the Eddie Murphy remake, and remember this adorable childhood classic about a kindly English doctor who talks to animals?

How many of you have actually read the book and know that it was really, really racist? I mean, whether you want to excuse it

From time to time, I look back at all the books I've given stars to, but never reviewed. I think it I tried to put up a review of each and every one, I'd never get to my own writing.

So why review Dr. Dolittle now?

Because of all the movies I've seen made from this wonderful set of books (there are mo

لكي تفهم لغة الحيوان لابد ان تأكل كبد تنين
هكذا تؤكد الأساطير
ففضول الانسان تجاه ما يقوله الحيوانات ظل مشتعلا عبر القرون
و تعددت القصص التي تروى على السنة الحيوان
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حتي تفوق الطبيب المرح دوليتل على
كليلة و دمنة و خرافات ايسوب
لكن تاريخيا سيظل البشري الوحيد الذي أمتاز بفهم الحيوان :سيدنا سل

What a beautiful story! I'm sure I would be head over heels with it if have had the opportunity to read it as a child. Even as an adult, I really liked it a lot. The writing is beautiful and imaginative without being complicated and complex. Simply perfect for children. Moreover, I liked how the cha

Listened to this in the car. The kids loved it!

R1: This book made me fall in love with books and reading <3

R2: So, the last time I read this I was, like, 9 and I loved it. Now, at 31, I'm not...it's not...great. And this edition is an edited one, so the horrendous racism has been removed, so, thankfully, I didn't have to deal with that. It's a

The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Doctor Dolittle, #1), Hugh Lofting, Leon Jason

John Dolittle, MD, is a respected physician and quiet bachelor living with his spinster sister Sarah in the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.

His love of animals grows over the years and his household menagerie

This quaint children’s classic focuses on the adventures of an unassuming doctor who can speak with animals. Dr. Dolittle and his many animal companions make a voyage to Africa in this volume, in order to cure a troupe of monkeys who are suffering from a contagious disease. It was an engaging read-a

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