The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle: Classic Children's Literature (Paperback)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
The Complete Classic Children's Novel
By Hugh Lofting
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was the second of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books to be published, coming out in 1922. It is nearly four times longer than 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.
The original edition contains several derogatory terms for Africans that are removed from modern editions in certain countries. Some illustrations have also been removed.
Doctor Dolittle meets Tommy Stubbins, the young son of the local cobbler, who becomes his new assistant. Tommy learns how to speak animal languages and becomes involved in the Doctor's quest to find Long Arrow, the greatest naturalist in the world. This novel takes us to the Mediterranean, South America, and even under the sea. He faces many problems while taking care of these animals.