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The story of Doctor Dolittle: being the history of his peculiar life at home and astonishing adventures in foreign parts. Never before printed

Author: Hugh Lofting
Publisher: New York : Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dolittle is an English gentleman who finds himself in the wrong occupation, a doctor of people, and gradually withdraws from society becoming a poor down and out town recluse. One day his English speaking pet parrot Polynesia lets him in on a secret that animals have a language of their own. Dolittle, now able to understand the complaints of animals, becomes a successful and world-renowned doctor of animals. Animal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile books
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lofting, Hugh, 1886-1947.
Story of Doctor Dolittle.
New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1920
(OCoLC)609472281
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Lofting
OCLC Number: 301968
Notes: Engraved title page.
Description: 6 preliminary leaves 180 pages : color frontispiece, illustrations, plates ; 21 cm
Contents: Puddleby --
Animal language --
More money troubles --
A message from Africa --
The great journey --
Polynesia and the king --
The bridge of apes --
The leader of the lions --
The monkeys' council --
The rarest animal of all --
The black prince --
Medicine and magic --
Red sails and blue wings --
The rats' warning --
The barbary dragon --
Too-Too, the listener --
The ocean gossips --
Smells --
The rock --
The fisherman's town --
Home again.
Responsibility: Told by Hugh Lofting, illustrated by the author.

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Dolittle is an English gentleman who finds himself in the wrong occupation, a doctor of people, and gradually withdraws from society becoming a poor down and out town recluse. One day his English speaking pet parrot Polynesia lets him in on a secret that animals have a language of their own. Dolittle, now able to understand the complaints of animals, becomes a successful and world-renowned doctor of animals. Animal language is the central device of the series - in an age when every Disney film features English speaking animals it seems almost normal, but Lofting makes it seem new and marvelous. Indeed, the animals don't speak English, but each species has its own "secret" language - which is not too far from reality with "horse whisperers" and "dolphin languages."

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