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The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – September 26, 1997
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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
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I love Dr. Dolittle, but this book has been modified to appease the PC police. BOO!
This version is missing the chapters "The Black Prince" and "Medicine and Magic".
They did it to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and have done the same thing to Dr. Dolittle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of animals and adventure! I remembered loving this as a kid and it is still great! Worth a read or re-read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Item was not the book in the picture. The one I received was an edited edition. However, this being for my 5 year old, it is probably more appropriate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason
I read both The Story of Doctor Dolittle and The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle back to back, as part of my goal for reading all the Newbery Medal and Honor Books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angie Lisle
Kids will like the interesting way the doctor learns to communicate with the animals! The chapters are a nice length for a bedtime story.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story of Dr. Dolittle is an absolute classic. It is a shame that such simple things as starting each chapter on a new page was not done.Published 5 months ago by Daniel D. Slosberg
Kept my little guys attention from beginning to end. Wonderful classic read aloud! He can't wait to read more about Dr. Dolittle's adventures!Published 5 months ago by Amanda Wares
I have read this book now 3 times to all seven of my children--reading favorite books to a large family must be done in shifts.Published 5 months ago by snarky