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Doctor Dolittle's Garden [Paperback]

Hugh Lofting
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1 April 2012
Doctor Dolittle's Garden follows Lofting's Doctor Dolittle's Zoo. Tommy Stubbins, Dolittle's assistant, reports on Professor Quetch, curator of the Dog Museum. Meanwhile, the doctor has learned insect languages and hears ancient tales of a giant race of insects. Fascinated, the doctor plans a voyage to find them - but before he does so, one arrives in his garden. Hugh John Lofting was a British author who created the character of Doctor Dolittle - one of the classics of children's literature. His early education was at Mount St. Mary's College in Sheffield, after which he went to the United States, completing a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He enlisted in the Irish Guards to serve in World War I. Not wishing to write to his children of the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters that were the foundation of the Doctor Dolittle novels.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612035388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612035383
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,478,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made up the set 28 Oct 2009
My great nephew inherited a number of Hugh Lofting
books, and this one made up the set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This children's book has it all 27 Jan 2005
By Matt Hetling - Published on Amazon.com
There will never be another set of books that excites, instructs, and entertains children as ably as this series does.

Dr. Dolittle is a somewhat absentminded amateur naturalist who has, by dint of a lifelong academic pursuit, discovered how to speak the language of the animals. Or some of them, anyhow; all of the books are suffused with the good Doctor's attempts to add another species or several to his list of languages.

This particular book is, like others in the series, deliciously uneven, as it presents a series of canine anecdotes before it bothers settling into the main plot. Every night dogs from all around come to hear each other speak, and to tell their life stories, each of which is an amusing short story in its own right.

Then the book moves on to the subject at hand, which involves Dolittle's attempts to learn the language of insects. Frankly, some of the other animals don't believe that anything as small and dumb as an insect could even have a language, but Dolittle soon proves them wrong. And just in time, too, because at some point, an enormous moth (the size of a small house) lands in the garden, and Dolittle feels sure that it is trying to communicate some great need.

Some of the language in the book is somewhat antiquated, but the story is so strong that it rises above that problem. The books succeed for several reasons, the most important of which is probably the immensely entertaining idea that people can learn to talk to animals, and that animals have their own societies that are very similar to human societies. The key to this concept is that Dr. Dolittle has learned how to speak with animals; there is no magic amulet or technological wizardry that has given him this power. Indeed, all of the wonders of the book are seen with a naturalists eye, and readers are sure to be inculcated with an appreciation of the value of the scientific process.

Hugh Lofting has tapped into an inexhaustible reservoir of stories by making us see the world around us in a slightly different light; he hasn't created a world of his own so much as told the stories of our world in a new way.

Every child should read this series, and this book in particular is a very exciting volume, setting the stage for the next volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One review = read all Dr. Dolittle 25 Mar 2014
By olyjan - Published on Amazon.com
It is unimportant if one book is better than another. Read one, like it, read them all! I was handed Dr. Dolittle books in about 1959 (?) by the school librarian. I was feeling very puffed up that the librarian (!) actually thought I should read these books. I loved everyone of them. I bought them over the years hence, just so I could look at them all in a row on my shelf. They look gooood! My daughter and my grandson moved back home in 2012 and I began reading to my grandson before bed time. We started with that "Milo" kid (grandpa brought that one) and he was hooked. "Read more." He is now 11 (5th grade) and we are marching through the Dr. Dolittle books one by one. (He has them organized by copyright date!) I suggested we try something else - Redwall maybe... "NO! We have to know what happens to them all!" So we read on. As to the language - I talked to him about these books being written "even before your great grandparents were born". I told him people used words we would not use today, as some of those words are hurtful to people. I also have the advantage of 'editing' as I read. His favorite character is Bumpo! He says quite often "they need Bumpo, he'd take of that!" During book two, he insisted that I say HIS name in place of Tommy Stubbins. "I would have been a good assistant to Dr. Dolittle." He stops me to ask questions, speculate on what might be about to happen, remind me of relevant things from previous books. Two lessons - Dr. Dolittle stands the test of time from my 3rd grade in the 50's to 5th grade in 2014 - AND - keep reading to your kids, grandkids, great grandkids. The love you share in these quiet moments before sleep is divine and irreplaceable.
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Dolittle and the insects 11 Oct 2007
By Heidi Doreika - Published on Amazon.com
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Doctor Dolittle's assistant, Tommy Stubbins, reports on Professor Quetch, curator of the Dog Museum in the Home for Crossbred Dogs. Meanwhile, the doctor has learnt insect languages and hears ancient tales of a giant race of insects. Fascinated, the doctor plans a voyage to find them -- but before he does so, one arrives in his garden. (from Wikipedia)

A good but unorganized sequel to Doctor Dolittle's Zoo.
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best in the series but sets up the last two books 28 Oct 2004
By spacedog - Published on Amazon.com
this is definitely one of the slower doctor dolittle books. the beginning is a dog biography of professor quetch, and then there's a large section where the doctor learns insect language and several types of insects tell stories. the last section, where the doctor is sent a messenger from the moon, leads directly into doctor dolittle in the moon and doctor dolittle's return, the last two books in the series.
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