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The Story of Doctor Dolittle Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts

Parrot teaches him the language of the animals Doctor Dolittle becomes a world famous doctor traveling even as far away as Africa to help his fr What a beautiful story I m sure I would be head over heels with it if have had the opportunity to read it as a child Even as an adult I really liked it a lot The writing is beautiful and imaginative without being complicated and complex Simply perfect for children Moreover I liked how the character of Dr Dolittle is as dependent on animals as they are on him I found that aspect of the book uite realistic if you can call an aspect of a book where a man speaks with animals realistic For instance it is the parrot that teaches Dr Dolittle how to speak with animals She is the one who points out the existence of animal languages to him Dr Dolittle is a clever and kind man but without the instructions from his parrot he would never have learned the animal languages or realized the importance of body language That s another aspect of the book I liked how the parrot teaches the doctor that animals can communicate without the words Mostly because well they do Animals are capable of communications every pet owner knows this Sure this book takes it a bit further and it s a tale for children but one that is build on a logical foundation and I uite liked that This story is the perfect mix of logical and imaginative I would recommend it to both adults and children Both the book s protagonist and other characters the animals are well portrayedDr Dolittle of the book is a kind but not very practical man Without the help of animals this doctor would be lost Fortunately the animals return the love he gives them and all is well What is so wonderful about this is that it teaches children that it is alright not only to help but to receive help as well Only by working together we can achieve great things that s the moral of the book for me It teaches us about the importance of kindness even when we have been wronged It instructs that money shouldn t be the motivation but that one should be practical with it All very good lessons I should say PAY ATTENTION TO THE INAPPROPRIATE WORDS AND RACISM THOUGHThe only downside to this book is that there are a few episodes that contain what could be described as racism and they all occur once DrDolittle ventures to Africa At the time these episodes were probably not perceived that way and were definitely on the mild side of European negative perception stereotypes of Africa The author itself even excuses the actions of the black King against Dr Dolittle and company by pointing out that it was the white man who took and stole things from Africa and never bothered to say thank you for the help he received The reason why the black King acts hostile is because white people betrayed his trust Therefore he is not a cardboard villain unlike the pirates who are just rotten to the core So in that sense at least there is a bit of critiue of white colonialism Still the episode featuring a black Prince who wanted to be white feet very awkward and there were a few unpleasant words along the way terms that feel offensive today such as darkies Nevertheless when reading this book to kids make sure to explain the cultural context omit the N word or explain why it shouldn t be used and so on I m sure every parent or educator who will read this book to children is perfectly capable of explaining these things to children and teach them why stereotyping on the basis of race is not a good thing

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Doctor John Dolittle loves animals He loves them so much that his home and office overflow with animals of every description When Polynesia the Oh dear How many of you have seen the 1967 film or the Eddie Murphy remake and remember this adorable childhood classic about a kindly English doctor who talks to animalsHow many of you have actually read the book and know that it was really really racist I mean whether you want to excuse it for the time it was written 1920 is up to you and racism aside it s uite a charming book with the sort of story any child would love A nice doctor who talks to animals And they go to Africa and save all the monkeys And then they fight pirates Dr Doolittle talks to everything from dogs and pigs and mice to sharks and parrots and eagles and a two headed Tibetan Pushmi PullyuYes the story was charming I listened to it because it was another one of Audible s free downloads and I needed something to listen to while gardeningHowever I think before I d read this aloud to my child or allow a child to read it I d want to have a talk about the n word And all the other words for black people that are used in this story And the subplot about the black prince who s very very sad because Sleeping Beauty was so horrified to be awoken by a black boy that she ran away and went back to sleep So he asks Dr Doolittle to make him whiteYeahThis is suitable for a young reader who s capable of grasping the concept of problematic products of their time It was fun even for an adult listener it s not written for very very young children But it s definitely a children s story and uh a product of its time

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Iends In this first book in the series Doctor Dolittle discovers that he can talk to the animals Jip the dog Dab Dab the duck Polynesia the parr Yikes So much racism And not subtle social racism either not the kind we can ignore or dismiss as unwitting symptoms of their time This is flat out explicit use of three of the most offensive words I ve ever encountered By the protagonists And they re sincere And we re not supposed to dislike them for it Each time I nearly put the book down but was convinced that people had recommended it to me for a reason As it happens I m now pretty sure all the people who recommended it to me had not read it in a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time I understand that children often don t pick up on racist sexist etc things but these Yikes How could you notUp until those scenes I had uite enjoyed the book but afterward I only finished it because I felt like I needed to give it a shot Those are what I will take away from the bookInteresting Note I had never heard the word coon used as a racist epithet until I watched Remember The Titans in 2003 Where and when I grew up that word was only a shortened form of raccoon and it saddens me that when I hear it as an adult my brain now first registers it as a horrible racist term I m afraid to say coon hunting or coon skin cap because of the terrifying images they evoke If I had read this book as a child I suspect its use in this book would have utterly baffled me given that it IS about a man who talks to various wild animals but as an adult it sickened me I m actually afraid to re watch the old Rex Harrison film that I loved as a child Will it also contain racism that I don t remember as being there

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  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts
  • Hugh Lofting
  • English
  • 07 December 2019
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About the Author: Hugh Lofting

Hugh Lofting was a British author trained as a civil engineer who created the character of Doctor Dolittle — one of the classics of children's literatureLofting was born in Maidenhead England to English and Irish parents His early education was at Mount St Mary's College in Sheffield after which he went to the United States completing a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Inst



10 thoughts on “The Story of Doctor Dolittle Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts

  1. says:

    From time to time I look back at all the books I've given stars to but never reviewed I think it I tried to put up a review of each and every one I'd never get to my own writingSo why review Dr Dolittle nowBecause of all the movies I've seen made from this wonderful set of books there are than one none have really captured the magic of the st

  2. says:

    The Story of Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle #1 Hugh Lofting Leon JasonJohn Dolittle MD is a respected physician and uiet bachelor living wit

  3. says:

    Oh dear How many of you have seen the 1967 film or the Eddie Murphy remake and remember this adorable childhood classic about a kindly English doctor who talks to animalsHow many of you have actually read the book and know that it was really really racist I mean whether you want to excuse it for the time it was written 1920 is up to you and racism aside it's uite a charming book with the sort of story any chi

  4. says:

    If the only version of Dr Dolittle you know is Eddie Murphy's you don't know Dr Dolittle Even if you've see the Rex Harrison musical if you haven't read the book you don't know Dr DolittleSmall tubby and shy Dr Dolittle is a brilliant doctor whose love of animals loses him his human patients But after his parrot Polynesia teaches him to speak animal languagesthe Doctor becomes famous in the animal world and travels across the wo

  5. says:

    What a beautiful story I'm sure I would be head over heels with it if have had the opportunity to read it as a child Even as an adult I really liked it a lot The writing is beautiful and imaginative without being complicated and complex Simply perfect for children Moreover I liked how the character of Dr Dolittle is as dependent on animals as they are on him I found that aspect of the book uite realistic if you can call an aspe

  6. says:

    I was never a big fan of the movie but I can't deny that Dr Dolittle still retains some hold on the popular imagination Audible offered this par

  7. says:

    Yikes So much racism And not subtle social racism either not the kind we can ignore or dismiss as unwitting symptoms of their time This is flat out explicit use of three of the most offensive words I've ever encountered By the protagonists And they're sincere And we're not supposed to dislike them for it Each time I nearly put the book down but was convinced that people had recommended it to me for a reason As

  8. says:

    Listened to this in the car The kids loved it

  9. says:

    This book made me fall in love with books and reading 3

  10. says:

    I wish I was doctor Dolittle

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