The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Narrated by nine year old Tommy Stubbins crewman and future naturalist this book chronicles the delightful voyages of Doctor Dolittle and his faithful friends Polynesia the parrot and Chee Chee the

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  • Title: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • Author: Hugh Lofting
  • ISBN: 9780440228332
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Narrated by nine year old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, this book chronicles the delightful voyages of Doctor Dolittle and his faithful friends Polynesia the parrot and Chee Chee the monkey as they survive a perilous shipwreck on Floating Island and other surprises.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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?

    13. * 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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!!

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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, [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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.

    28. 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 [...]

    29. 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 [...]

    30. 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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