Note: We only recommend this abridged version of The Story of Doctor Dolittle, as the original 1920’s version was ethnically insensitive.
John Dolittle is a kind-hearted country physician who keeps goldfish in his pond, rabbits in the pantry, white mice in the piano, and a headge-hog in the cellar. He also has an unusual gift: he can talk to animals – a talent that comes in handy, since he prefers treating animals, rather than humans, as his patients.
One day, a mysterious call summons him to Africa, where a serious epidemic has spread among the monkey population. Of course, the good doctor sets out immediately with some of his best friends – Jip, the dog, and Polynesia, the parrot, among others. Along the way, they’re joined by new acquaintances, including the pushmi-pullyu, a remarkable creature that has a head at both ends of its body.
Hugh Lofting’s timeless tale is accompanied by 27 of his own illustrations.