The Story Of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, Melissa Dalton Martinez

Revised, Newly Illustrated Edition


In this first book in the beloved, magical childrens’ series, the origins of the remarkable Doctor Dolittle are revealed!

With 33 all new illustrations of the quirky Doctor and his animal pals…

…this classic story with an updated magical twist, is sure to be a family favorite!

When Doctor John Dolittle’s love of animals scares away his human patients, he finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. Luckily, his parrot, Polynesia, has a solution—she teaches him to talk to animals.

Using his new skill, Doctor Dolittle becomes a veterinarian, and his reputation soon spreads in the animal kingdom. With it, come requests for help from animals all over the world.

Sailing off with his band of animal companions, Doctor Dolittle seeks to help all he can while facing fierce storms, vicious pirates, angry kings, and more.

Take time with your family today and join Doctor Dolittle for the adventure of a lifetime!

My Thoughts

I have not read the original book on which this version is based, or even seen any of the film adaptations so I don’t have anything to compare this version with. The extent of my knowledge of Doctor Dolittle is that he is a doctor who can talk to animals.
This book is simply written and would be ideal for reading aloud to children. The sentences are simple and the action moves quickly, which I’m sure will keep children interested. Reading what others have said this book changes some of the wording in the original book, written 100 years ago in a different time, and makes it more appropriate for today’s audiences. It also simplifies the story.

This version is a nice tale with lovable characters, both human and animal, and the illustrations are adorable. It would make a nice addition to a child’s bookshelf.

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