The Story of Doctor Dolittle Author:Hugh Lofting There has never been, and it is doubtful there will ever be, a doctor quite like Doctor Dolittle. He lived in England many, many years ago in a town called Puddleby-on-the-Marsh. Everyone in town knew him well by sight, and whenever he walked down the street in his high hat everyone would say, "There goes the Doctor!--He's a clever man." — He h... more »ad a small but comfortable house on the edge of town where his sister, Sarah Dolittle, and he resided. Attached to the house was a spacious garden that the Doctor took care of himself.
Dolittle was a fine doctor and he had only one weakness--pets. He loved animals as much as he loved people (sometimes even more). So whenever a sick, stray dog or a cat or horse would wander into his garden he would immediately tend to the poor animal and allow it to remain in his house until it was all better. In return for his tender care of hurt animals, Dolittle received a reward that all the money in the world could not buy--the animals taught him their language!
After he had learned animal language Doctor Dolittle became famous among all the animals for miles around. They all wanted to be treated by him. The Doctor was anxious to help everyone he could, but there was a problem. So many animal pets started flocking to the house that his people patients became annoyed and would not come to see him anymore. And since animals don't have money, the Doctor was getting poorer and poorer.
The poorer he grew, however, the busier he became. He was so famous that animals from far and wide began appearing for help. Now he was known everywhere as the animals' own doctor.
At last a call came from the monkeys in Africa. They were suffering from a strange epidemic, so the Doctor wasted no time in setting sail for the far-off continent.
The adventures of his journey across the ocean and through the jungle, and back again, form the greatest part of this delightful story. One of the highlights is when the Doctor is presented with a special gift from the monkeys. It's a brand new pet called the Pushmi-Pullyu. Shaped somewhat like a horse, this animal has two heads--so it can eat and talk at the same time without being impolite!
THE STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE is already a major classic of children's literature. Together with such books as ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WIZARD OF OZ it has become one of the most popular and most appreciated books ever written for young readers.« less