Friday, February 12, 2010

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

What an exciting adventure story! I fell in love with it on the first page. But, be warned, I don't think that it would be so appealing to adults. Maybe it would be best for all your children to read it now, because it is a great book when you are young, but probably not so great as an adult. I may be wrong, though. Anyways, this book is in my top ten.

Rating: *****


  1. Hi Laura,

    I read this one back in 2007 and liked it a lot (as an adult). The version I read had some unfortunate racial stereotypes in it. I believe these have been edited or removed in later printings.

  2. I always wanted to be him because it would be so handy to talk to animals. Especially now since I have two little dogs who do not behave whatsoever.

  3. This book, like serveral Newberys, does have racial stereotypes. I think it is important for kids to know how the words that are appropriate to use have change as time goes on.
    Susan, I am jelous that you have little dogs. Mine is ten and is outside. I do think it would be useful to have him around.

  4. I agree. I was able to find unexpurgated versions of the first two Dolittle books in the library of the university where I work, so that I could read them as they were originally published. It was interesting, but still made me cringe a bit.