Classic Starts?: The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle

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Classic Starts?: The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting
Abridged by Kathleen Olmstead
Illustrator Lucy Corvino

Sterling | February 5, 2008 | Hardcover

Classic Starts?: The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals!  So when he hears that there’s a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. Soon he’s off on an exciting adventure across the seas in this superb retelling of Hugh Lofting’s beloved classic.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.5 × 5.38 × 0.66 in

Published: February 5, 2008

Publisher: Sterling

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402745745

ISBN - 13: 9781402745744

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not to be Missed Classic In this second book of the series we meet Tommy Stubbins, the boy who becomes Dolittle's assistant. Once again Dolittle sets off on a voyage this time to meet the great botanist Long Arrow, son of Golden Arrow and along the way they meet many side adventures. Dolittle becomes set on learning the shellfish language, meeting the Great Glass Sea Snail, ends up on Spidermonkey Island, saves the island from floating into the Antarctic and helps the natives build a thriving city and society. Both the 8yo and I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. Everything a child could want in a book is here: adventure, fantasy, science and animals all rolled into one. The action starts in the first chapter and is non-stop right to the very end which comes to a heart warming ending that leaves the reader with the feeling that there most certainly must be a sequel. The edition I have is unaltered from the original text. At least I can find no indication that it has been altered, though the spelling has been Americanized. This edition is part of the Grosset & Dunlap Illustrated junior Library which has been in publication since the 1950s so I am fairly confident the text has not been edited. Since these books are often cited as being racist by PC fanatics I will note that I found absolutely nothing offensive in the book at all. The original illustrations have been omitted and replaced by a handful of full-colour plates illustrated in a cute fashion which I am not fond of. I will look for an original edition with Lofting's illustrations to replace this one someday. Having read the first two together I can say for certain we will continue on with the series. The 8yo thought it was one of the best books we've read together and we both agree it is even better than the first book. Having read this as a child myself it is great to see that it lived up to my expectations and then some. Recommended!
Date published: 2008-07-26

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Classic Starts?: The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle

Classic Starts?: The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting
Abridged by Kathleen Olmstead
Illustrator Lucy Corvino

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.5 × 5.38 × 0.66 in

Published: February 5, 2008

Publisher: Sterling

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402745745

ISBN - 13: 9781402745744

About the Book

Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet--because he knows how to talk to the animals! So when he hears that there's a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. Soon he's off on an exciting adventure across the seas in this superb retelling of Hugh Lofting's beloved classic.

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Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals!  So when he hears that there’s a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. Soon he’s off on an exciting adventure across the seas in this superb retelling of Hugh Lofting’s beloved classic.

About the Author

Hugh Lofting, 1866 - 1947 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 of them, 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.

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8