The Story of Dr. Dolittle
In The Story of Dr. Dolittle, John Dolittle is a kind-hearted, yet not-so-ordinary country physician. John keeps goldfish in his pond, rabbits in the pantry, white mice in the piano, and a hedge-hog in the cellar. He also has an unusual gift: he can talk to animals. This talent 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 join him. Along the way, they’re joined by new acquaintances, including the pushmi-pullyu. This remarkable creature has two heads – one at both ends of its body.
Hugh Lofting’s timeless tale is accompanied by 27 of his own illustrations.
Note: We only recommend this abridged version of The Story of Doctor Dolittle, as the original 1920’s version was ethnically insensitive.