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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
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I used the 1998 hardcover edition of this book, published in New York by Grosset & Dunlap, which has 276 pages. I am glad to have finally read this book, although I am fairly sure that it is an edited version as I had heard before reading it that some of the character descriptions were fairly racist, as well as some of the illustrations. I found this blog article, which outlines the changes made by Christopher Lofting, the son of the author: http://blog.plover.com/book/Dolittle....

That being said, I thought it was a delightful fantastical book. And even though it is one of the worst movies ever made, according to the critics, I loved the 1960s musical version with Rex Harrison. It was part of the reason why I wanted to read the book in the first place. The description of the Doctor's house and gardens with the zoo I found particularly fascinating, as was his study of shellfish and eventually meeting the Great Sea Snail. It is sad that the first two books are the only ones in libraries nowadays, when the author wrote fourteen books in total.
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Finished Reading (ebook Edition)
April 7, 2009 – Shelved
April 7, 2009 – Shelved as: children
April 7, 2009 – Shelved as: fantasy-and-sci-fi
February 17, 2011 –
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February 24, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 24, 2012 – Shelved (ebook Edition)
October 24, 2012 – Shelved as: newbery (ebook Edition)

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