Lofting was born in Maidenhead, England, to English and Irish parents. Not wishing to write to his children of the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters that were the foundation of the successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children. Seriously wounded in the war, he moved with his family to Connecticut in the United States.
I had heard of it all my life, and seen the Eddie Murphy modern day movie spin on it, but had never touched the actual book. Dolittle and know that he can talk to animals.
Well - not really, not even fictionally but "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" might better be titled "The Nine Lives of Doctor Dolittle" as it really seems to be multiple stories in one.
Adults and older kids might find a story about talking animals lame but for younger children this is right out of their realm of imaginative reality that they live with daily. How many kids have imaginary friends? So this story works well for kids and as an adult reading it to my 5y11m son, the social commentary and world travel kept me interested.
We read the Books of Wonder edition published by Harper Collins and it was the icing on the cake. It has nice illustrations, some even in full page color, done by Michael Hague. Because the original work was written in the early part of the twentieth century, it was full of political incorrectness that was no longer tolerated by the late s and caused the book to go out of print in the U.
The subsequent Prologue sets us up to believe that the narrator soon revealed as Tommy Stubbins has personal experience with Doctor Dolittle and has a year old parrot named Polynesia with a flawless memory whom the narrator consults for accuracy in telling the tale. The book is set with a home base of England Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.
The book is divided into six parts. Part 1 Chapter 1: Right away we are introduced to the narrator, Tommy Stubbins, whose father is the cobbler in town. What he does is not as important as establishing them as a working class family. From a young age Tommy dreamed of being a sailor.
Tommy rescues a squirrel from a hawk and is referred to Doctor Dolittle as a sort of vet, but known as a "naturalist". They took an instant liking to each other.
Doctor Dolittle explains his quest to learn the language of shellfish. Doctor Dolittle let Polynesia stay in Africa in a demonstration of the if you love something set it free adage.
Within the same page we learn that Polynesia came back. Doctor Dolittle demonstrates humbleness and manners and is careful not to exclude anyone despite language barriers. Out of love and protection for Doctor Dolittle, Polynesia can display a slight tempter. The first example is on page 49 when Doctor Dolittle is recently returned from a long trip and now animals for miles around are flocking to his house to request his consultation.
Polynesia vents to Tommy, " Unfortunately Polynesia seems to have the majority of the dialogue. This leads to a brief discussion on the value of education and introduces us to the idea of a Peruvian Indian named Long Arrow.
A monkey named Chee Chee also returns from Africa. Stubbins is glad for the educational opportunity. Stubbins is harder to convince but in time he agrees. Dolittle on potential voyages. Part 2 As part two opens Doctor Dolittle and Stubbins begin prepping for a voyage.
This leads to one of the more intense parts of the book. They need an additional crew member and go looking for a hermit that they both know and think fondly of. The other two made plans to kill Luke and get more gold for themselves.
One night Luke is hauling Bill up from the mine but Mendoza thinks Bill is away and assumes Luke is stealing gold. So Mendoza starts to shoot Luke. Mendoza threatens to tell the police Luke killed Bill on purpose so Luke runs away into hiding. Doctor Dolittle receives word that Long Arrow is missing and was last seen going into the mountains on Spider Monkey Island off the coast of Brazil.
This news causes Doctor Dolittle to say, if I could never meet Long Arrow face-to-face it would be the greatest disappointment in my whole life.
Not only that, but it would be a great loss to the knowledge of the human race. So they do blind travel choosing a spot on the map without looking and wind up with Spider Monkey Island anyway.
Spider Monkey Island is a floating island somewhere near the southern tip of South America.My father gave me my first Doctor Doolittle book when I was eight years old - it was "The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle" with the movie tie-in cover.
After reading that, at least one Hugh Lofting was added to my weekly stack from the local library.5/5(2). Pushmi-pullyu is just a minor part of Doctor Dolittle. Tocharianne) I oppose the suggestion to merge the page. The pushme-pullyu is a fantastic creature in its own right, had a book and movie appearance, and deserves its own page.
yunusemremert.comsky "Doctor Aybolit" (upon Hugh Lofting) Same in Russian К.Чуковский "Доктор. “The Story of Doctor Dolittle” is a children’s novel by the English writer Hugh Lofting. The full name of the work is “The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts”.
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About Hugh Lofting.
Hugh Lofting was born in in Maidenhead, Berkshire. His Doctor Dolittle books first appeared on paper in the form of letters to his children, Elizabeth and Colin.
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Based on the classic s children's book by Hugh Lofting, Voyage of Doctor Dolittle stars Downey as the eccentric doctor with an uncanny ability to communicate with animals.