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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Lofting, Hugh

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ISBN 10: 0688140017 / ISBN 13: 9780688140014
Published by Books of Wonder: William Morrow and Company, New York, New York, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. A near fine copy with a bit of wear to the edges. The Dust wrapper is near fine with a barely visible mark over the bar code on the back. It is signed by Michael Hague on the second page of the book. The end papers are a real blast of color and animal action. Bookseller Inventory # 006707

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Title: The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Publisher: Books of Wonder: William Morrow and Company, New York, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Hague, Michael

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Foreword by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack. Afterword by Peter Glassman.

When a swallow arrives in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh with the news that the monkeys of Africa are ill and only the doctor who talks with animals can save them, Doctor Dolittle and such good friends as Jip, his loyal dog, and Dab-Dab, his housekeeper duck, face their greatest challenge. Together they must sail to Africa, battle a band of cutthroat pirates, flee across a gorge on a bridge made of acrobatic apes, and convince the king of the beasts that even he must help an animal in need. With nearly fifty full-page pictures from Michael Hague and the McKissacks artful reworking of the dilemma faced by Prince Bumpo, this treasured story is now available in a deluxe edition that all families will want to explore again and again.

Review:

Doctor Dolittle--a 19th-century English physician--has never been one for worrying much. Even after his human patients desert him (when one too many sit on one of the doctor's unusual parlor pets), he manages to convert gracefully to animal medicine. Having mastered animal language along the way (with the help of his caustic yet amusing parrot, Polynesia), he has a good head start in his practice. Then, one cold, dark winter night, as the doctor and his pets sit around the fire, a message arrives, via sparrow, from Africa. A terrible epidemic has broken out among the monkeys, and Doctor Dolittle is the only one who can save them. The beneficent physician checks his money box--not a penny left. But the fate of Africa's ailing apes lays squarely on his shoulders.

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

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