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By Hugh Lofting | Comments: ( 347 ) | Date: ( Jan 18, 2020 )

Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal.

  • Title: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • Author: Hugh Lofting
  • ISBN: 9780440400028
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Hugh Lofting

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 Institute of Technology.He traveled widely as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Irish Guards to serve in World War I Not wishing to write to his children of the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters that were the foundation of the successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children Seriously wounded in the war, he moved with his family to Connecticut in the United States Lofting was married three times and had three children, one of whom, his son Christopher, is the executor of his literary estate For years it was a constant source of shock to me to find my writings amongst juveniles, Lofting reported It does not bother me any now, but I still feel there should be a category of seniles to offset the epithet Doctor DolittleHugh Lofting s doctor from Puddleby on the Marsh who could speak to animals first saw light in the author s illustrated letters to children, written from the trenches during World War I when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull The stories are set in early Victorian England, in and around the 1840s, according to a date given in The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle The Story of Doctor Dolittle Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Never Before Printed 1920 began the series and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958.The sequel, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle 1922 , won Lofting the prestigious Newbery Medal Eight books followed, and after Lofting s death two volumes, composed of short unpublished pieces, appeared The series has been adapted for film and television many times, for stage twice, and for radio.Other Works for ChildrenThe Story of Mrs Tubbs 1923 and Tommy, Tilly, and Mrs Tubbs 1936 are picture books aimed at a younger audience than the Doctor Dolittle books They concern the titular old woman, her pets with whom she can speak and the animals who help her out of trouble.Porridge Poetry 1924 is the only non Dolittle work by Lofting still in print It is a lighthearted, colorfully illustrated book of poems for children.Noisy Nora 1929 is a cautionary tale about a girl who is a noisy eater The book is printed as if hand written, and the many illustrations often merge with the text.The Twilight of Magic 1930 is aimed at older readers It is set in an age when magic is dying and science is beginning This work is the only one of Lofting s books to be illustrated by another person Lois Lenski.Victory for the SlainVictory for the Slain 1942 is Lofting s only work for adults, a single long poem in seven parts about the futility of war the refrain In war the only victors are the slain permeates the poem It was published only in the United Kingdom.

Comments The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    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 more mature audience. The scope of the novel is vast; it is divided into six parts and the illustrations are also more sophisticated. It won the Newbery Medal for 1923. Tommy Stubbins, the narrator of the story, finds a sq [...]

  • Miz Lizzie

    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 enamored 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 offens [...]

  • Lynne

    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 [...]

  • Kathryn

    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, on [...]

  • Kate

    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 [...]

  • Individualfrog

    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 more into the descriptions, which are more 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 shellfi [...]

  • Emily

    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. (F [...]

  • Laura (Book Scrounger)

    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 th [...]

  • Raechella

    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 [...]

  • Laura

    I was actually surprised at how well this book managed to keep my attention. I was really kind of expecting that I would find it very boring and would have to struggle through it. But that wasn't the case at all. Instead, I found myself reading through it quite fast, wondering what would happen. The only thing I had against this book was that it seemed a little "simple" for a juvenile book, but I think that maybe that is because I am a lot older then its intended audience. I would recommend this [...]

  • Shawn Thrasher

    Proto-Peta, early environmentalist, anti-colonialist - if you've only seen the movies, you're in for a taste of something different (a touch of the radical?) when you read the books. Voyages isn't the best of the Dolittle books (even though it won the Newbery) but it's certainly never dull. 90 years ago, if you were some little farm boy on the Kansas prairie, winter wind blowing outside, then the adventures of a vet who could talk to animals, his voyages fraught with danger and shipwreck, and on [...]

  • Wendy

    Some of this was great, especially in the first half (too many books I've been reading lately have great first halves and peter out from there). I can't help feeling like it would have been a better book if he'd stuck to England--and then there'd be a lot less of that messy racism problem--but then it wouldn't be The Voyages, would it?

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    * Not appropriate for the modern classroom due to rampant stereotyping and overall colonialistic attitudes.If this book isn't for children, who is it for? People trying to complete the Newbery winners list or people who enjoy reading older literature and who are old enough to understand why big portions of this are inappropriate. Obviously, that stuff is a big deal and I can't picture myself recommending this book to kids. HOWEVER, if not for all that rubbish this would be a sort of simplistic a [...]

  • Christiane

    Fantastical adventures of young Tommy Stubbins, the amazing Doctor Dolittle, and a menagerie of talking animals. In many ways ahead of its time (1922) in terms of animal rights (the Doctor is firmly against lions and tigers in zoos, bullfighting, and scooping up fish to live in an aquarium) the book does have uncomfortable moments when Lofting is writing about human beings rather than animals. Most versions of "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" (which I haven't read yet) and the "Voyages" have been [...]

  • Richard

    Another childhood favorite. When I was little, I really wanted to be Tommy Stubbins and go with the good doctor. I played Dr Dolittle games and fantasized. It got me interested in looking at nature and being amazed at the beauty of everything around me. I loved this book and all of the Dolittle classics. My paperback copies from childhood all fell apart, and I bought, and re-read, the whole series in hard cover as an adult. I've read this book at least 10 times, and the last time was in 2006 on [...]

  • Kat!e Larson

    This book is delightful! It's the first Doctor Dolittle book I've read (although it's the second one, that didn't cause me any confusion) and I look forward to reading the rest! It's such a fun, creative adventure. And I adore the doctor himself. He's such an adorable Hufflepuff. And the other characters are fantastic as well; especially the brilliant Polynesia. I really just adored everything about this story.

  • Janae

    The story was interesting and Dr. Dolittle is quite the fascinating character! His adventures are pretty spectacular and unbelievable, but that's part of the fun of this book. A quick read. I wish I would have read this one as a child!!

  • Helen

    I'm surprised that I've never picked up Dr. Dolittle's various adventures until recently. The descriptions are lush, and there are all sorts of delightful details that bring the settings and stories to life. Each chapter is manageably short and sets up the next adventure to come.I hope these tales encourage dreams, awe, and wanderlust in generations of children to come.I do agree that race portrayals are a problem in these stories, though it's difficult to do much about it without changing the v [...]

  • Candina

    I was a little hesitant to read this with my 9-year-old because I thought she might find the language a little archaic and the plot sluggish, given her love of Harry Potter and the Fudge books. This has been our "morning book" for the past couple of months. Every morning, while she eats breakfast and before the bus comes, we read for a few minutes. It's a nice, relaxed way to start the day, and I like that it makes our weekday morning routine feel a bit less rushed and hectic. She surprised me, [...]

  • Benji Martin

    The 1923 Newbery winner!What I liked about this book:As opposed to the 1922 book, this is a book that I think children would actually enjoy. You can tell that it was published in 1922, the language is a little archaic, but a good children's book will appeal to children for many, many years. There are funny parts, there's lots of adventure and there are talking animals! What’s not to love?What I disliked about this book: Not much, really. As mentioned before, the language is a bit archaic. Some [...]

  • Adelina

    I have fond memories of watching Disney’s version of Doctor Dolittle as a child. The music is catchy, and the adventures were so grand. Plus, how cool would it be to talk to the animals? A few yeas ago my sister gifted me the book, which is when I realized, I had never actually read this classic story. I put it on my shelf to eventually be read, and just never got around to it. I finally started reading it to my kids as their bedtime story. I’ve found the enjoy real people movies (as I call [...]

  • Jade Lauron

    Having read this Newbery winner, I've decided that I believe NONE of the Dolittle series is any longer appropriate for children. While you can sanitize out the racist language quite easily, you cannot remove the subtle and insidious "white savior" issues inherent to this classic.And, since you cannot remove these things, I feel that it is okay to read the NON-sanitized versions. In fact, I HIGHLY recommend them. I feel that this book would make an incredible read for discussion in a sociology cl [...]

  • Charlotte

    Tommy Stubbins is a ten year old whose father is a shoe maker. He lives in Puddleby in England. One day he finds a hurt squirrel and is sent to Dr. Dolittle for help to heal him. When Tommy meets the doctor, he finds out he can converse with animals. Tommy convinces Dr. Dolittle to hire him on as an apprentice and soon Stubbins can converse with a few of the animals as well. The Doctor is trying to learn the language of the shellfish because they are some of the oldest creatures alive. The two f [...]

  • Christian

    I very much liked reading "The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle," the sequel to "The Story of Dr. Dolittle." I have not read "The Story of Dr. Dolittle," but I believe that I did not need to. In "The Voyages" (for short), Hugh Lofting wrote so that it was Dr. Dolittle's first appearance in a book.This book was very well written and I enjoyed reading it, even though it was written in early 1900's and based in the 1800's. Hugh Lofting clearly had a great imagination and was also a great author. While the m [...]

  • Linds

    Cuuute. It’s ridiculous, and absurd, and all adjectives in that area. The pace was fast, and new “oh dears!” kept developing. I think this will remain a book that kids would, and should, enjoy.However once I hit the end I realized I was reading an edited version. I was under the impression that I'm against censoring books, but once I read the original, it turns out I prefer the updated edition. The changes made were relatively subtle and don’t make much of an impact on the story-line, bu [...]

  • Waller

    Far and away one of my favorite series when I was young, the Doctor Dolittle books don't bear up so well with time. We are more aware of the implicit racism in characterizations of Africans and South American Indians in this book, and the attempt to bowdlerize the books to make them more palatable to today's inclusive atmosphere don't completely succeed in their own purpose and undermine the novel as a whole. But worst, while the central idea of the series, of a man who can talk to animals, rema [...]

  • Elizabeth

    The kids loved this one, but I thought it was just okay. It has a very Pippi Longstocking vibe to it, but not as good. I liked the first half much better than the latter, when he went on his voyage. I did really like that the chapters were so short, meaning I was willing to a read a chapter or two every night, as opposed to some others we've read recently (looking at you, Greenglass House), which required a good 30- to 40-minute commitment, which wasn't going to happen most school nights.

  • Donald

    I read this in 6th grade because it was a Newberry book and because I thought it would be about talking animals. Boy, was I wrong. This book has very little to do with the Dr. Doolittle movie, except that both characters are, well, doctors. It's got an old time feel to it, maybe because it was written in 1922, but, for some reason, that didn't bother me. I don't know what it was, but my 12 year old mind couldn't put it down. At the time this book outweighed any of my previously read books by at [...]

  • Ginny

    I read this for my Vintage Book Circle children's literature discussion group. The last time I read this book was 35+ years ago as a new children's librarian. I'm happy to have made its acquaintance again after this long absence. The library copy I read was illustrated by Sonja Lamut. I didn't care for these illustrations, as I thought they seemed too babyish for the story. I'd like to find a copy with the earlier illustrations that I remember. In reading about the author, Hugh Lofting, I was in [...]

  • D.C.

    This is solid, lighthearted entertainment that will keep all ages engrossed for hours on hand. Some of the adventures are kind of random but are still impossibly fun. The new "updated" version (which is pretty much the only one available to the general public) corrects a lot of racial stereotypes present in the original edition. Such changes are obvious, but there is still a rather uncomfortable and fairly racist portrayal of Indians in the main adventure of the story, which is harder to change [...]

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