Hugh Lofting The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

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9780440412403: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle and all his animal friends head for the high seas in this amazing adventure. Told by 9-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, Doctor Dolittle and company survive a perilous shipwreck and land on the mysterious, floating Spidermonkey Island. There he meets the Great Glass Sea Snail who holds the key to the biggest mystery of all.

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Hugh John Lofting was born on January 14, 1886 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, one of six children. He attended Mt. St. Mary’s College in Sheffield, England, then completed a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lofting fought in World War I, in the Irish Guards and was seriously wounded, ending up in Connecticut. While he was away in the war. instead of writing about the horrific scenes he was witnessing, he would write fanciful stories back home to his children. Those letters would eventually form the basis for more than a dozen “Doctor Dolittle” stories, which were written between 1920 and 1952. The second book in the series, “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle,” won the second-ever Newbery Award. Hugh was married to Flora Small in 1912 and settled in New York and had two children, but she died in 1927. He married Katherine Harrower in 1928, but she died the same year. He was married a third time in 1935 to Josephine Fricker with whom he had a son. After that, the family moved to California. Lofting died on September 26, 1947, in Topanga, California at the age of 61. He is buried in Killingsworth, Connecticut.

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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 *

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