Friday 56: Doctor Doolittle


* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions 
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* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
Here's Mine:

Although the lion looked very terrible, the Doctor tried hard not to seem afraid of him.
From: The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688140017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688140014 Review

Doctor Dolittle--a 19th-century English physician--has never been one for worrying much. Even after his human patients desert him (when one too many sit on one of the doctor's unusual parlor pets), he manages to convert gracefully to animal medicine. Having mastered animal language along the way (with the help of his caustic yet amusing parrot, Polynesia), he has a good head start in his practice. Then, one cold, dark winter night, as the doctor and his pets sit around the fire, a message arrives, via sparrow, from Africa. A terrible epidemic has broken out among the monkeys, and Doctor Dolittle is the only one who can save them. The beneficent physician checks his money box--not a penny left. But the fate of Africa's ailing apes lays squarely on his shoulders. And so begins the delightful, whimsical adventures that are still enthralling readers three-quarters of a century after their original 1920 publication. Hugh Lofting, winner of the 1923 Newbery Medal for The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, has more than a knack for storytelling. His ability to imbue in his characters--human and animal--distinct, unique personalities is remarkable, and his respect for the rights of all who share the planet shines throughout. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

I am reading one of the best classic children's books, The Story of Doctor Doolittle this week. I read it a long time ago and look forward to reading it out loud to my grandsons. In the hardcover version of Doctor Dolittle from HarperCollins, the illustrations by Michael Hague are so great in the details. I highly recommend The Story of Doctor Doolittle. It's a great read and an excellent book for gift giving. i loved the movie and the music, too!

First Sentence:

Once upon a time, many years ago when our grandfathers were little children there was a doctor; and his name was Dolittle-John Dolittle, M.D. "M.D." means that he was a proper doctor and knew a whole lot. 

The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Books of Wonder)

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