The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2011
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Jerry Griswold is a specialist in children’s literature and American culture. He is the award-winning author of seven books, including Feeling Like a Kid, The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast,” and The Classic American Children’s Story. Griswold has published over 200 essays in The Paris Review, The Nation, New Republic and elsewhere. He frequently contributes to the New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times. Griswold is an Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, and has been a visiting professor at UCLA, UCSD, and the National University of Ireland. He has lectured all over the world.
Gary Schmidt is an award-winning children's book author. He received a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for his young adult novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, as well as a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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In addition, since it had been several years, I decided to read through the book before handing it over to her. It was such a pleasure to remember how much FUN this story is to read! You follow the adventures of a young boy who sees the doctor's adventures through his own eyes, so it's perfect for a child to read. I know my daughter will love it!
Hugh Lofting's imagination allows us to talk with and learn from animals. Though a children's book and easy reading (maybe even aloud to your family?) the conversations and animal perspectives are intriguing and insightful. I've been reading the series with my teenage son and we have very much enjoyed the adventures and the many ways which the animals are extremely helpful to Doctor Doolittle and vice versa.
The doctor found himself King of an island and grew more detpressed. He felt obligated to function as a real king. But he is at heart a naturalist. Sneeking away to ride the great clear snail to take the doctor's party. After traveling, finding a stowaway, grand larcently the ship broke during s storm.
It is an incredible example, though I had a little trouble suspend disbelief.
But I recommend this to any age readers.
First off, no illustrations. My five year old does not seem to mind even though we started this book on a library edition with great color plates (that we had to return because of a hold!) Unlike some other classics, though, the illustrations were never the main event with the Hugh Lofting books.
Secondly, in terms of the objectionable language, with respect to racist terms we try to avoid using with our kids in the 21st century. The "N" words have been excised from this one, but the contexts are still racist, with a lot of referrals to Dolittle as White in contrast to somebody else's implicitly inferior otherness. It's quaint and difficult to read without context, so I find myself reading ahead as we read aloud to make on-the-fly changes to keep the really odd stuff out. While I feel for the people who decry censorship of classics, this is a kid's book, and without the context of reading, say, Tom Sawyer, or even Rudyard Kipling, there's no way younger readers aren't going to get a little taste of vinegar if they read an unexpurgated version. The Kindle edition is perfectly adequate on this front, if not optimal.
Finally, typos: there's about one every sixth or seventh page, more or less. I don't know whether this was the original etext, original edition, or the kindle-ized version, but they're moderately annoying. However, I am not complaining based on what I paid for this version!
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Annoyed, however, that the book was clearly second-hand, while sold as new.
an animation movie, with all the lovely animal sounds would make wonderful watching!!!