The Story of Doctor Dolittle Hardcover – Illustrated, Sept. 26 1997
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- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (Sept. 26 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0688140017
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688140014
- Item weight : 553 g
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 1.47 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #555,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
And so begins the delightful, whimsical adventures that are still enthralling readers three quarters of a century after their original 1920 publication. Hugh Lofting, winner of the 1923 Newbery Medal for The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, has more than a knack for storytelling. His ability to imbue in his characters--human and animal--distinct, unique personalities is remarkable, and his respect for the rights of all who share the planet shines throughout. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
About the Author
Hugh Lofting (1886-1947) began what became the Doctor Dolittle stories while writing letters to his children from the front during World War I. The Story of Doctor Dolittle, first published in 1920, was followed by The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, which was awarded the Newbery Medal, and ten more popular books in the series.
Michael Hague has illustrated more than thirty children's classics, including memorable editions of The Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden. He is also the artist of several bestselling books by his wife, Kathleen, including Alphabears, Numbears, and Ten Little Bears. The father of three grown children and the grandfather of four, Michael has a ready audience for all of his work.
Peter Glassman is the owner of Books of Wonder, the New York City bookstore and publisher specializing in new and old imaginative books for children. He is also the editor of the Books of Wonder Classics, a series of deluxe facsimiles and newly illustrated editions of timeless tales. And he is the author of The Wizard Next Door, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Mr. Glassman lives in New York City.
From the Publisher
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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.
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As Lofting saw it, if the actual soldiers were treated like the animals were then there would be problems, but of course with Dolittle we get away from that, with a man who treats everyone, and everything the same. And so this opens in the West Country, at a place called Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, where Doctor Dolittle has his practice. Trained to treat people so his love of animals seems to drive people away from his house, all that is apart from the cat’s meat man, who suggests to him that perhaps he should try his hand at treating animals. After hearing this speech so Dolittle’s parrot, Polynesia explains to him about the various languages of animals.
As the animals get to hear of this remarkable doctor so his life really starts to alter, especially when he finds himself travelling to Africa to help monkeys and apes, who are suffering from a fatal disease. We thus follow him on his adventures, both abroad, and back home, and of course we meet that most remarkable of animals, the rare pushmi-pullyu.
Why this and the other books in the series work so well is not just because they are fun, and are illustrated, but because in the world created by Lofting so there is an obvious logic. For instance, when he asks others to help with the ill apes and monkeys, so the lions are the first to refuse. But then the king of the lions’ own cub is ill, so his wife sends him back to help others. As both the lioness and the good doctor point out to him, if you do not help others in need, why should they help you when you need it. Such logic as this is something that a child can instantly grasp, and although I sometimes wonder, even an adult should be able to understand. Where everything is so logically obvious, so we see Dolittle in his own way making the world just that little bit more orderly, by him being in it.
My advice: Find a second-hand 1960s Puffin. The covers may be worn, but at least it will be readable. I won't touch another "Red Fox Classic" myself.
Interesting characters that are easily imaginable.
There are certain terms used, that will inevitably cause someone some offence, but if read correctly you should recognise them as compliments (mostly)