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The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
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Apr 21, 2008

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This is a classic read-aloud book that I discovered just recently along with my children. We listened to it in the car over the course of a week or so. The only disadvantage to this strategy was that I was shocked to hear several highly racial epithets used, which, had I been reading it, I would have edited out (and I mean HIGHLY racial! Yikes!). I have since discovered that there are, in fact, numerous edited versions of varying degrees of Dr. Dolittle. Despite these glitches, we really enjoyed the book, the writing, and all the animal characters, however cheeky they may be. We will definitely read more in this series by Hugh Lofting.
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Karen There are several new versions which have removed offensive parts. I'm reading the Books of Wonder edition which is edited by Patricia McKissack, it's excellent. The illustrations are beautiful.

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