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The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Books of Wonder) [Hardcover]

By Hugh Lofting (Author), Michael Hague (Illustrator) & Patricia McKissack (Author)
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The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness.

Publishers Description
Foreword by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack. Afterword by Peter Glassman.

When a swallow arrives in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh with the news that the monkeys of Africa are ill and only the doctor who talks with animals can save them, Doctor Dolittle and such good friends as Jip, his loyal dog, and Dab-Dab, his housekeeper duck, face their greatest challenge. Together they must sail to Africa, battle a band of cutthroat pirates, flee across a gorge on a bridge made of acrobatic apes, and convince the king of the beasts that even he must help an animal in need. With nearly fifty full-page pictures from Michael Hague and the McKissacks artful reworking of the dilemma faced by Prince Bumpo, this treasured story is now available in a deluxe edition that all families will want to explore again and again.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Books of Wonder) by Hugh Lofting, Michael Hague & Patricia McKissack has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 75

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 26, 1997
Publisher   HarperCollins
Age  8-12
ISBN  0688140017  
ISBN13  9780688140014  
UPC  046594024954  

Availability  0 units.

More About Hugh Lofting, Michael Hague & Patricia McKissack

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hugh Lofting was born just outside of London in 1886. While serving in the army during World War I, he did not want to write home to his children about the atrocities of the war. Instead he wrote fanciful letters that became the basis for the zany adventures of John Dolittle. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, published in 1922, won the prestigious Newbery Medal. Dr. Arthur Pober has spent more than 20 years in the fields of early childhood and gifted education. He is the former principal of one of the world's oldest laboratory schools for gifted youngsters, Hunter College Elementary School, and former Director of Magnet Schools for the Gifted and Talented in New York City. Arthur is currently the US representative to the European Institute for the Media and European Advertising Standards Alliance. He lives in New York, NY. Scott McKowen has created award-winning posters and graphics for theater companies across Canada and the United States--including on Broadway. His work has been exhibited in art galleries on both sides of the border, and in 2002 he curated an exhibition of theater posters from around the world that appeared in Stratford, Ontario, and Ottawa and at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Scott was also commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design Canada's 2001 silver dollar. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Hugh Lofting lived in Maidenhead. Hugh Lofting was born in 1886 and died in 1947.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Books of Wonder)?

Just wonderful  Nov 29, 2007
An endearing classic. My daughter, 5 1/2 loves the illustrations - this is truly a beautiful book.
cornwall,NY Sixth Grader  Mar 24, 2007
I am a sixth grader. If you like fantasy and adventure, then Doctor Dolittle is the book for you. Doctor Dolittle was a people doctor in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh. He was also an animal lover. His house was full of all different types of animals. The more animals he took in, the less people came for his help. Because he liked animals better, he decided to care for animals instead. His parrot, Polynesia, explained how animals have their own language. After spending a lot of time with Polynesia, Doctor Dolittle soon learned the languages of all the different animals.
Chee-Chee the monkey told the doctor about an illness among the monkeys in Africa. Doctor Dolittle said he would go there and care for the monkeys. There was one problem. He had no money to get there. Some of the animals and Doctor Dolittle boarded a boat for the long trip to Africa. It took them six weeks to sail there. The king didn't want them on his land so he put them all in prison. They escape from the prison. They finally find all the sick monkeys. Doctor Dolittle starts tending to them. You have to read the book to find out how this adventure ends.
Another fun part in the book is when he finds an amazing animal. It is like nothing you have ever seen before. I will not tell what is special about it because I don't want to ruin the surprise. He takes this animal around so everyone can enjoy this unusual creature.
Doctor Dolittle does eventually return home. There are many other adventures and surprises in the book. I don't want to ruin the book so you will just have to read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, fantasy and make believe. I wish I had the ability to talk to animals, don't you? So hurry out and get this book. You will be glad you did!!!!!!!
great illustrations  Nov 13, 2006
I select classic children's books. If there are several available, I always select the one with the best illustrations. This had the best illustrations of all the "Doctor Dolittle" books offered by this site.
Beautifully illustrated and revised  Jul 16, 2005
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.
Awesome book!  Nov 29, 2004
I had this book as a child and since I'm an avid reader, mine is still in excellent condition and is now being read to my child. He absolutely loves this book. It's so well illustrated and very well written. The imagination that it sparks is unbelievable and quite fun. He loves all the animals and watching Dr. Dolittle go to Africa in the boat. It jus sparks so much conversation and imagination. Don't hesitate on this book - it's just wonderful.

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