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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 pati...more

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...more

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...more

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...more

Mazie klausītāji dod 4 zvaigznes un tā tam būs būt.
Tāds riktīgi infantila un rasistiska bērnu grāmata, kā tajos laikos bija pieņemts.

I wish I was doctor Dolittle

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

Have you read any of the Doctor Dolittle books?

I have now read three: The Story of, The Voyages of, and Doctor Dolittle's Post Office. All were surprisingly fun! WAY better than the old Rex Harrison movie (for those of you who also thought it too long and boring as a kid

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

The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Doctor Dolittle, #1), Hugh Lofting, Leon Jason
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم سپتامبر سال 1977 میلادی
عنوان: دکتر دولیتل نویسنده: هیو لافتینگ مترجم: ایراندخت اردیبهشتی نقاشی جلد و گراورها: لئون ژازون (حیسون) تهران امیرکبیر کتابهای طلائی چاپ دوم 1355 در 105 ص مصور
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