The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

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"The Story of Doctor Dolittle" is Hugh Lofting's classic children's novel about an animal-loving British country doctor who learns he can talk to animals. Doctor Dolittle puts his unique skill to use by traveling to Africa with his pets to help cure some sick monkeys. "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" which began as a series of letters from Hugh Lofting to his children during WWI is the first in a series of some of the most loved children's books of all time.
 

About Hugh Lofting

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Hugh Lofting was born in 1866 in Maidenhead, England. He trained as a civil engineer, getting his education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Polytechnic Institute of London. He worked in Africa, the West Indies and Canada and then settled in New York to become a writer. The stories about Doctor Dolittle began as letters to his children while overseas in England during World War I, where Lofting served with the British Army. The first Doctor Dolittle book published was "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" in 1920. He wrote thirteen more, winning the Newberry Medal in 1923 for "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle." Lofting illustrated all of the Dolittle books himself. In 1967, the Doctor Dolittle books were made into a musical film starring Rex Harrison. Hugh Lofting died in 1947 at the age of 81.
 
Published July 4, 2011 by EBook Camp. 132 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science & Math, Crime. Non-fiction

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Kleinbaum's adaptations, accompanied by Lofting's illustrations from the original editions, bring the classic books to younger readers. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)

Feb 02 1997 | Read Full Review of The Story of Doctor Dolittle

A Patchwork of Books

And so, some years ago, an edition came out in which “Patricia and Fredrick McKissack gently revised for modern sensibilities a few small portions of the story so as to preserve and emphasize Lofting’s message of universal caring and understanding.” Because I’m sadly, very uncomfortable with the...

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