The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle The Delightfully Eccentric Doctor Dolittle, Rendered Immortal On Screen By The Gifted Rex Harrison, Has Remained A Firm Favorite With Generations Of Children Ever Since He Made His Debut In An Earlier Novel, The Story Of Doctor DolittleIn His Second Outing TitledThe Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle, The Maverick Physician Takes On A New Assistant, Tommy Stubbins The Story Is Structured As A First Person Account Given By Tommy, Who Is Now A Very Old Man The Boy Who Was The Son Of The Village Cobbler First Meets Doctor Dolittle When He Takes A Hurt Squirrel To The Doctor For Treatment Tommy And The Doctor Quickly Become Friends, And The Boy Soon Learns How To Communicate With Animals In Their Own Languages The Remarkable Talking Parrot, Polynesia And Other Amazing Creatures From The Previous Book Also Appear In This Sequel The Mysterious Disappearance Of A Friend Of The Doctor S Called Luke The Hermit Sets Off A Train Of Strange Events And Tommy Finds Himself Accompanying The Good Doctor On An Exciting, Hazardous Voyage To Find Long Arrow, A Native American And The Son Of Golden Arrow, Who Is Reputed To Be The Greatest Living Naturalist In The WorldThe Kind Hearted, Quirky, Animal Rights Activist Doctor Dolittle Dominates The Plot His Enduring Humanitarian Approach To The World Around Him, His Desire For Peaceful Coexistence Among All And His Concern For The Environment Make Him A Memorable And Endearing Character This As Much An Adventure Story As A Strong Appeal For Compassion Towards The Innumerable Species That Share Our Planet With Us There Are Shipwrecks, South American And Mediterranean Locations, Underwater Explorations Where They Discover A Giant Sea Snail And Wonderful Descriptions Of Land And SeaCritics Of Hugo Lofting S Work Point Out That There Are Several Passages Which Are Now Politically Incorrect However, Readers Would Do Well To Remember That These Books Were Written Than A Hundred Years Ago, When Attitudes To Colonization And Race Were Quite DifferentIn The Dozen Or So Books Featuring Doctor Dolittle, The Author Hugo Lofting Ensures That A Wide Variety Of Themes, Locations And Ideas Are Explored The Books Were Originally Illustrated By The Author Himself, As He Was A Talented Artist And Naturalist Himself

Hugh Lofting was a British author, trained as a civil engineer, who created the character of Doctor Dolittle one of the classics of children s literature.Lofting was born in Maidenhead, England, to English and Irish parents His early education was at Mount St Mary s College in Sheffield, after which he went to the United States, completing a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • Hugh Lofting
  • English
  • 22 January 2019
  • 9780060776008

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  1. says:

    The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle, 2 , Hugh LoftingThe Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was the second of Hugh Lofting s Doctor Dolittle books to be published, coming out in 1922 It is nearly five times as long as its predecessor and the writing style is pitched at a mature audience The scope of the novel is vast it is divided into six parts and the illustrations are also sophisticated It won the Newbery Medal for 1923 Tommy Stubbins, the narrator of the story, finds a squirrel injured by a hawk so the mussel man informs him to get help from Doctor Dolittle Tommy goes to Mathew Mugg to find out where the doctor lives who tells him that the Doctor can speak the language of animals so they go to his house but find out he s gone away on a voyage and is guarded by the his dog Jip Later the Doctor comes home to meet Tommy and takes care of his squirrel then explains when Tommy see s a strange fish creature in his house that it s a Wiff Waff and is trying to learn shellfish language but eventually he quits it as it is too hard to study Unexpectedly Polynesia turns up in Puddleby from Africa who informs the Doctor that Bumpo is studying in Bullford then Tommy gets the Doctor, with the help of Poynesia, to teach him the animal languages After Polynesia teaches Tommy the language of animals, so he can understand Jip and Dub Dub, Chee Chee comes from Africa disguised as a lady and tells about his voyage to Puddleby The Doctor then gets a vessel called The Curlew and is thinking of taking Tommy, Polynesia, and Luke the Hermit They find out from the hermit s dog, Bob, that he was sent to prison for murder but Bob is a witness so when the court is in process the Doctor proves to the judge that he can talk to animals, when this is settled he translates Bob s story to English When the story is finished the judges conclude that the hermit is innocent 2006 2 12 1385 376 9643233642 20

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    My mother read this book to my brother and me when we were children in the 1960s I remember loving the story and, especially, being enad of Dr Dolittle s ability to talk with the animals It became controversial in the 1970s when the portrayal of the African characters was considered to be offensive and racist The version I recently re read is the lightly edited version by the McKissacks to remove the offending descriptions and illustrations It does not, however, remove the rather offensive portrayal of Native Americans as childlike people who don t even have fire and are happily civilized by Dolittle to the point of complete dependency However, Dolittle s adventures with the native folk of a floating island consists of a great part of the voyages of the book s title, making it rather difficult to have them edited out without significantly shortening and changing the book And, of course, the colonialist attitude toward native people was very endemic to the times and one that we are only now finally starting to shake off Despite this troubling aspect, I still found the same delight I had as a child in the portrayal of the doctor who could talk with animals and in the description of his home and garden filled with animals I especially enjoyed and had forgotten the description of Dr Dolittle as a fat, funny little man The movie musical with Rex Harrison that came out during my childhood had unfortunately replaced a very different image of the doctor in my memory I was very distressed, however, with the many scenes of Dr Dolittle happily cooking and eating sausages and bacon while surrounded by his talking animal friends including a pig Surely, if anything was to make one a vegetarian, it would be the ability to actually communicate with animals And even if one was barbaric enough to still eat cousins of one s friends, surely one would have the courtesy to do so out of sight of those friends and not have them participate in the very cooking and serving of the meal Other than the distressing consumption of animal flesh, I did enjoy re visiting Dr Dolittle and his friends in the first two or three sections of the book I would have difficulty with reading it aloud to young children today due to the portrayal of Native Americans though it could lead to some very interesting discussions when read with older children Like many of the Newbery books from the first decade, however, I think it needs to be put in context for modern children a better teaching book than a pleasure book.

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    Sometime in my mid 20s, upon re reading this book, I realized that John Dolittle was my main role model in life, and that hasn t changed Compassionate, obsessive compulsive, an animal lover, a brilliant scientist, a talented linguist, an itinerant traveler, owner of a fireplace that you can sit inside to toast things on sticks, a crusading truth seeker and champion of the underdog no pun no pun shouldn t we all aspire to these things I ve read all the books in the series and I own multiple copies of several sigh

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    The now controversial Voyages of Doctor Doolittle would perhaps not fare well with many modern children, even with updated artwork and the removal of non PC passages, as it s a bit old fashioned and over long However, I really enjoyed the style and some of Lofting s passages were quite beautifully written This is a glorious old fashioned adventure complete with exotic locations, animal allies, shipwrecks, Indian wars and even a giant sea snail But best of all is our hero, John Doolittle, one of the most kindhearted and thoughtful creations in literature not to mention he can talk to animals, which also makes him one of the coolest I give the book four stars for his character and the spirit of the work, though I did find some parts were a bit long winded or seemed disjointed from the greater arc of the story I was determined to read the complete, unedited version with all its controversy in tact including Lofting s artwork I was not a real fan of the artwork and the black and white sketches would likely not appeal to many children, either also, the depictions of the Indians and African could be seen as derogatory, were one inclined to seek out the worst however, I think that even Doolittle himself seemed overly exaggerated, so I doubt it was Lofting s intent to be racist when, say, he made the Indian s nose a bit large or the Afrian s lips a bit plump However, sensitive readers will want to take note.In terms of the story itself, I really believe Lofting wanted harmony amongst all races over, amongst all living things John Doolittle is kind to children and treats our young narrator Stubbins as a grown up, with due respect The Indian Long Arrow is regarded by Doolittle to be one of the greatest naturalists to ever live Doolittle engages the help of animals both long time friends and new acquaintances to bring about justice and peace in various situations In my eyes, Doolittle is, above all, a gentle hero and role model.In addressing the claims of racism in the story, I would ask readers to remember the era in which it was written and to consider how progressive Lofting s views were given the time That is not to excuse the occasional sense of superiority that oozes into the story from time to time, especially in the final part with the Indians I cannot give particulars without giving the story away, but I would encourage readers to remember to evaluate themselves when they evaluate John Doolittle The issue of race aside, how many of us have offered our opinions even when unasked for or seen our friends or even strangers behavior as inferior to our own way of living or viewing the world Even when we believe we are acting with a sense of compassion or thoughtfulness, might we not be unfairly spreading around our views of superior inferior and passing judgment if we, perhaps, suggest that they might try so and so because it has worked so well for us Yes, perhaps the Indians idolizing Doolittle and his ideas reflected shadows of British Imperialism or white supremacy or perhaps Lofting simply meant for John Doolittle to be a remarkably wise and compassionate member of humanity to whom others would look for guidance as, ostensibly, we do with our leaders today.Personally, I feel it would be a shame to dismiss all the wisdom of Lofting s book, and the kindness and compassion of Dr Doolittle, by choosing to interpret a few aspects in a negative light Maybe it is there or maybe we are imposing too much onto Lofting based on some of the transgressions of others When you embark on the voyage with Dr Doolittle, you will have to choose if you want to see the glass as half empty, or half full.

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    So I don t think of these reviews as a book report, enough people summarize the book for you to get the gist What I will say is that the book does have language and cultural insensitivities in it, as a lot of books from previous generations do However, as I read this one to the kids I edited language out myself and used the cultural references, especially to bull fighting in Spain and Indians as a spring board for discussion with my children about how times have changed and how we no longer think the same way or write the same way Interestingly, it also brought up a discussion with a 6 and 9 year old about English Imperialism as well If used in this way, the book is an excellent adventure story AND excellent conversation starter for in depth conversations Oh and my 6 year old learned the meaning of OBSTREPEROUS and concluded that he was also obstreperous, based on the definition from the Kindle as I was reading Making the Kindle version of this book VERY handy, LOL

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    I love this book, The Doctor and young Tommy, and the Animals whimsical way make this children s book such a joy to read, the do descriptions of all the places and characters makes you feel as though you are their Who doesn t love Doctor Dolittle If you loved the beginning boo you will love this For their is always laughter and life sessions, and who doesn t love taking animals

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    I read this recently to my 7 year old niece, after having read it as a child myself We had read The Story of Doctor Doolittle before, which I think she may have slightly preferred I liked this one better for sure From the first chapters which she found very dreary you can see that Lofting put into the descriptions, which are lyrical than the perfunctory first book The plot is still episodic, but the continuing subplots the Doctor s efforts to find Long Arrow and to learn shellfish language tie it all together much neatly than the first book.The good Doctor, to those reading today, has many progressive notions his opposition to bullfighting, for example but also enormous blind spots which made me wince His entire attitude towards the native peoples of Spider Monkey Island is so condescendingly paternalist, and essentially provincial that it makes my head spin My niece actually laughed at the horror of the Doctor and Stubbins when they are given raw fish to eat Don t they like sushi she said Even despite the fact, explicit in the text, that Long Arrow s medical knowledge is vastly beyond European science, the Doctor insists that the Popsipetels live according to 19th Century English notions of hygiene It s a strange contradiction that he intends to bring this indigenous medicine to Europe, while imposing European medicine on the Popsipetels Actually, if you decide to read it this way, you can make a case that it makes the Doctor interesting Lofting or at least Tommy Stubbins clearly intends him to be perfect, and these flaws deepen his character somewhat It s interesting too that Polynesia, the ancient no nonsense parrot, calls the Doctor on his bullshit to some small degree Of course, it s impossible to escape the fact that Lofting has written the Spider Monkey islanders, Long Arrow somewhat excepted, as exactly the sort of childlike society that the Doctor takes them for.Despite all this there are still a lot of fun incidents and episodes the trial, the fish s story, the shipwreck, and of course the mysteriously beautiful image of the Great Glass Sea Snail that kept me interested and my niece entertained She would have preferred, I think, a bit to do with the animals My Polynesia voice got a workout, but both of us frequently forgot that Jip and Chee Chee were even there I m not sure if we ll read all the rest, but, in the tradition of the surreally lovely Great Glass Sea Snail, I think we will at least read the one where the Doctor rides a giant moth to the moon.

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    Loved this book as a kid, still love it now want to keep reading the series If only I had time Reminds me a LOT of the Twenty One Balloons Read this for my Newbery class As a sequel, I really appreciated that Lofting took the time to introduce us to his new character, Stubbins, before bringing us back to the Doctor I read the first book when I was a kid, but honestly, didn t even remember it or that this book WAS a sequel until I did some research on the first 8 Newbery winners Felt kind of stupid, there The strength of this for people who have read the books in order is that Stubbins becomes a much viable character to them the book no longer is just about John Dolittle, it s about his relationship with Tommy Stubbins The introduction of Stubbins character tells children of all ages, myself included, that it s possible to discover follow dreams you never even knew you had Of course, there are some tell tale signs of the times in which the book was written the monkey being able to pass as a black man and safely travel, the black man traveling with them as a chef, the Red Indians being unable to care for themselves properly and requiring the assistance of John Dolittle, the powerful, civilized, strong savior White Man But really this was an awesome book to read If I had the time, I would go back and read all the adventures of John Dolittle Maybe I ll make it a monthly project read one Dolittle A coworker of mine absolutely LOVES everything Dolittle, and is adamant that the editions should not be made PC because they are indicative of the time in which Lofting wrote them As she says, the prince Bumpo is well educated, which for his era was unheard of and considered fantasy a black African getting a European education like he was a human or something The book keeps it s weight merit today mostly as a read aloud because of the potential issues with the political correctness, I think it d be better for a kid to read it aloud with a grown up The origin of the Dolittle absolutely amazing the letters Lofting wrote to his children in lieu of writing them horror stories from the war then the kids demanding pictures to accompany the adventures Information about this creation should be included in all the volumes I think kids would love to know about it

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    This is a tricky book to rate, and I almost wish I could give it two ratings One would be for the general story, which was just as good, if not better than the first I d give that four stars, because I once again enjoyed the character of Doctor Dolittle and the way he manifested the drive and observation of a scientist as well as the compassion of an animal lover I especially thought it was nice this time around to have him described by another character, rather than simply read about in a third person narrative Seeing him through someone else s eyes helps to make him truly larger than life I was once again amused at the fantastical elements of the story, even when they were a bit silly, as well as different ways that the doctor s skill of talking to animals helped others as well as the crew of his voyage.On the other hand, this was written in a different time, and it shows I m sure there are updated, modern versions of this book that are not quite as offensive as this one, which came out in the 50s, but this is what I have to review because it s what the library had It uses terms like red Indians to describe South American natives, refers to Africa as a country than once, and even contains a couple n words I can only assume newer versions have edited things like this out considering I read a modern version of the first book that didn t seem to be nearly as offensive , but unfortunately there are other elements of the story that I don t imagine can be edited out so easily it s of a general attitude for example, this particular group of South American natives was apparently so ignorant that they had not discovered fire until Doctor Dolittle and his crew enlightened them So I m not sure if when I ll read this to a child, but if I do I ll want to be sure to procure an updated copy, and have a conversation about the portrayal of indigenous peoples.

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    This has been the very first book that I have read and the very beginning of my rooted fascination towards literature It was given to me by my favorite cousin when I was in 5th grade, never knowing that somehow it ll change my tediously unvarying childish amusements and diversions during that time You think I missed out on my childhood No Instead, I think my childhood friends are those that had missed out on this terrific experience I have been so envious of Tommy Stubbins since day one Who wouldn t He met the doctor, travelled with him, learned amazing things about animals and their languages and nature a far cry from what children of his age learn at that time The doctor, on the other hand, has been always my favorite character he is smart, affectionate, brave, yet silly and funny at times Their party consisting of a clever parrot, a dog, and a monkey on a journey to Spidermonkey Island I have been dreaming of having such company and travelling to that fictional place in my musings And my favorite part their experience of meeting the Great Glass Sea Snail and riding in its transparent shell where you can have the wonderful experience of seeing the beauty and grandeur of the sea below, which is, just so fascinating if you were even a witness.However, there were some issues regarding the book The description of the Natives in Spider Monkey Island was said to be racist I, on the other hand, never found any offensiveness towards that, but maybe it was just me Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book much than The Story of Dr Dolittle the first book in the sequel, which I have read later Further, I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars 4 14 14Can t help but reread the book before I pass it on to a friend Much better the 2nd time around Hooray for 5 stars D

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