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The Story of Doctor Dolittle [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Hugh Lofting , Nadia May
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Dec 1998
The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts is the first of his Doctor Dolittle series of children's novels about a man who learns to talk to animals and becomes their champion around the world. 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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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks (Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786199202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786199204
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 17 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A work of genius...a treat for us all" (Nina Bawden Evening Standard)

"There are few kindlier heroes in children's literature. And none to match his gift for understanding animals" (Blake Morrison Guardian)

"Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly and enthusiastic doctor and all his animal friends will miss out on something important" (Jane Goodall (world expert on chimpanzees)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Why do the animals love Dolittle so? Its because he can speak their language, and because he's the best animal doctor for miles around. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Once upon a time, many years ago-when our grandfathers were little children-there was a doctor; and his name was Dolittle-John Dolittle, M.D. "M.D." means that he was a proper doctor and knew a whole lot. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I read "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" for the first time when I was seven. Recently I read the new edition illustrated by Michael Hague. This new edition is terrific. The revisions are obvious to one who read the original work, but they are sensible and reflect Lofting's intentions while reflecting modern thought. Hague's illustrations are beautiful. I would still recommend that older children and adults read the original, to learn a bit about Lofting's time and because the author's illustrations are wonderfully simplistic. This is also a good read-aloud for younger children, because many, when they are able to read it for themselves, will unfortunately have lost interest in such a fanciful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever review 10 April 2014
By Cassie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A brilliant book
funny charming book

really captures the mood of nature and animals
I would like to talk to animals one day
I really enjoyed this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for book worms! 20 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book ,I really ate it up, it was very enjoyable, I'm sure people who like classics would love this book,I can't wait to see what Dr.Dolittle Will do next.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Potically Correct Version of Dr. Dolittle. 4 Aug 2000
By G. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I liked the story of Dr. Dolittle. However I would like to warn modern readers, that the full version of this book is Racist. So the Editors have carefully changed the story of the African Chief who wished to become Cacausion in appearance to one where he wishes to become a lion. Now, I agree that the story is better this way, but mucking around with books after the author is dead and can't defend or fix them is right out. So in that vein I can't recommend this edition of this book. The editors should have changed the title to "The Modern Dr. Dolittle" or some other name which implies that the story isn't the orginal. They do it all the time with the bible, "King James Ed.", "Good News for Modern Man" etc.
If you are going to read to children, books which treat people unfairly you should take the time explain why this was a poor idea even in its day. Or not read them at all. Or own up to the fact that you've changed the story.
On the plus side the illustrations are great, M. Hague is a great artist.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of the best in all children's literature. 1 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" for the first time when I was seven. Recently I read the new edition illustrated by Michael Hague. This new edition is terrific. The revisions are obvious to one who read the original work, but they are sensible and reflect Lofting's intentions while reflecting modern thought. Hague's illustrations are beautiful. I would still recommend that older children and adults read the original, to learn a bit about Lofting's time and because the author's illustrations are wonderfully simplistic. This is also a good read-aloud for younger children, because many, when they are able to read it for themselves, will unfortunately have lost interest in such a fanciful story.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and revised 16 July 2005
By J. O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I presume anyone reading the reviews already is familiar with the storyline of Dr. Dolittle. I highly recommend this version with only a slight reservation (see below) because its illustration and editing would make an excellent introduction to children as well as a gift possibility and a lifelong keepsake.

I heartily disagree with the reviewer who discredits this edition because it has been updated to modern civilities. The reviewer mistakenly suggests that the edition conceals that changes have been made. To the contrary, the foreword fully describes the editors' concerns for literary sensitivities as they made changes.

If your purpose is to collect unabridged books, do shop elsewhere. But if you share my intent of introducing this wonderful story to children, this book serves the purpose very well. There is minimal distraction from unnecessary anachronisms.

I think this edition would serve children well through elementary school. I would nominate unabridged editions for older children to help teach them about society's changing attitudes towards racism.

My slight reservation (mentioned above) about this edition is that racial stereotypes do persist. In Africa, the (white) doctor is referred as "the good man" while the African king is unjust, his son is goofy, and both the king and his son are easily fooled. These characterizations ARE unavoidable without drastically changing the storyline. However, the story explains the motivation for the king's injustice and is a worthy point of discussion with a young reader.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read-aloud selection 27 Jan 2003
By Lightspring - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book to my two children, ages 7 and 3. Both children were completely mesmerized and could hardly wait for the next day's installment. A bit of editing was necessary while reading to tone down certain parts, especially those dealing with the pirates (who threatened to eat poor Gub-Gub the pig) and the leaving-behind of some of their favorite animal characters, Polynesia the parrot and Chee-Chee the monkey. The illustrations were especially well-received, and could easily be presented at the appropriate points in the story to illustrate exactly what was being read. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this book and are looking forward to purchasing the sequel, which is the one I remember from my own childhood, _The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle_.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dolittle 14 Dec 2010
By Hope - California - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Opens up a whole new world of relationships among humans and animals, world of imagination, and world of humor and wonder. It seems every human would benefit from reading this book. If you haven't gotten for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, you may want to do so, or just read it yourself.
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