[BOOKS] ✯ The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts ✹ Hugh Lofting – Moi-sosedi.info

The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Have you read any of the Doctor Dolittle books I have now read three The Story of, The Voyages of, and Doctor Dolittle s Post Office All were surprisingly fun WAY better than the old Rex Harrison movie for those of you who also thought it too long and boring as a kid And I m not big on animal stories either, but found these to be engaging and full of wit, and not just about the animals but about the Doctor too A good family read aloud Here s an interesting little excerpt about how Hugh Lofting came to write the series During World War I he left his job as a civil engineer, was commissioned a lieutenant in the Irish Guards, and found that writing illustrated letters to his children eased the strain of war There seemed to be very little to write to youngsters from the front the news was either too horrible or too dull One thing that kept forcing itself and upon my attention was the very considerable part the animals were playing in the war That was the beginning of an idea an eccentric country physician with a bent for natural history and a great love of pets These letters became The Story of Doctor Dolittle, published in 1920 Ages 6 12Cleanliness Good gracious, golly, goodness, and Lord save us are used Mentions smoking a pipe, rum, tobacco, snuff, and The Story of Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle, 1 , Hugh Lofting, Leon Jason 1977 1355 105 Oh dear How many of you have seen the 1967 film, or the Eddie Murphy remake, and remember this adorable childhood classic about a kindly English doctor who talks to animals How many of you have actually read the book and know that it was really, really racist I mean, whether you want to excuse it for the time it was written 1920 is up to you, and racism aside, it s quite a charming book with the sort of story any child would love A nice doctor who talks to animals And they go to Africa and save all the monkeys And then they fight pirates Dr Doolittle talks to everything from dogs and pigs and mice to sharks and parrots and eagles and a two headed Tibetan Pushmi Pullyu Yes, the story was charming I listened to it because it was another one of Audible s free downloads and I needed something to listen to while gardening.However, I think before I d read this aloud to my child, or allow a child to read it, I d want to have a talk about the n word And all the other words for black people that are used in this story And the subplot about the If the only version of Dr Dolittle you know is Eddie Murphy s you don t know Dr Dolittle Even if you ve see the Rex Harrison musical, if you haven t read the book, you don t know Dr Dolittle.Small, tubby, and shy, Dr Dolittle is a brilliant doctor whose love of animals loses him his human patients But after his parrot Polynesia teaches him to speak animal languages,the Doctor becomes famous in the animal world, and travels across the world and even to the moon In this first book, the Doctor and his pets sail to Africa to save the kingdom of monkeys from a plague Be warned, there is an African prince who is depicted as childlike, and wants nothing than to be a white man And yes, other Dolittle books feature childlike Africans to whom the Doctor gets to teach civilized ways Yes, it s offensive But my politically correct before it was hip to be politically correct mom read these to me back in the gulp 60s, and I loved th

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