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The Story of Doctor Dolittle Paperback – December 15, 1968
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"Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly, and enthusiastic doctor/naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important."-- Jane Goodall
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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 parrot.
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I highly recommend it for any animal loving person whether they like to read or not. It will draw you in right away and keep you wanting to read "just til the end of the chapter"!
The Doctor begins as an M.D. but his vast and varied collection of beloved pets keeps so many patients away that one day his parrot, Polynesia, who can "talk in two languages—people's language and bird-language" convinces him to become a veterinarian and reveals to him that every species has its own language which, one by one, he then sets out to learn.
As word of mouth (and beak, snout, etc.) spreads, it culminates in a grand adventure to foreign lands and pits him and his animal companions against a cruel king, a decidedly unhelpful lion, and a band of murderous pirates.