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The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2000
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"Children will delight in this book. Dr Dolittle wins all hearts" * Times Literary Supplement * "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 * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal. Told by nine-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, the voyages of Doctor Dolittle and his company lead them to Spidermonkey Island. Along with his faithful friends, Polynesia the parrot and Chee-Chee the monkey, Doctor Dolittle survives a perilous shipwreck and lands on the mysterious floating island. There he meets the wondrous Great Glass See Snail who holds the key to the greates mystery of all. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There are lessons for children to learn even while their imaginations are in high-gear. Lessons of kindness, patience, humility, patience, and caring, just to name a few. However, please realize that this story was published in a MUCH different time, and there is an entire chapter about a black prince that wants to "turn white." The chapter is, in my opinion, a lesson in vanity and conceit (the prince begs for a mirror so he can look at himself all day long), but most likely, that lesson would be lost in modern times. Take it with a grain of salt.
If I ever have kids, this is definitely a book I'd want to read to them. Timeless classic.