The Newbery Award Winning Classic Novel by Hugh Lofting. Doctor Dolittle, the man who can talk to the animals and nine year old Tommy Stubbins head out on the high seas for the mysterious, floating, Spidermonkey Island, surviving a terrible shipwreck and many other dangers in search of Long Arrow, a missing naturalist and the Great Glass Sea Snail.
About the Author
Hugh John Lofting was born on January 14, 1886 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, one of six children. He attended Mt. St. Mary's College in Sheffield, England, then completed a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lofting fought in World War I, in the Irish Guards and was seriously wounded, ending up in Connecticut. While he was away in the war. instead of writing about the horrific scenes he was witnessing, he would write fanciful stories back home to his children. Those letters would eventually form the basis for more than a dozen "Doctor Dolittle" stories, which were written between 1920 and 1952. The second book in the series, "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle," won the second-ever Newbery Award. Hugh was married to Flora Small in 1912 and settled in New York and had two children, but she died in 1927. He married Katherine Harrower in 1928, but she died the same year. He was married a third time in 1935 to Josephine Fricker with whom he had a son. After that, the family moved to California. Lofting died on September 26, 1947, in Topanga, California at the age of 61. He is buried in Killingsworth, Connecticut.