“The Story of Doctor Dolittle”
“The Story of Doctor Dolittle” by Hugh Lofting
Doctor Dolittle is a reputable physician living with his sister in the small English town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh. Being single, he has much love to share with his pet companions which eventually turns his home into a small zoo. This drives off many of his patients, bringing him to edge of bankruptcy. However, things turn around when his parrot Polynesia helps him learn the language of animals and he decides to use his newly acquired skills to open a veterinary practice.
Dolittle’s wealth raises and falls and when he is facing bankruptcy once more he receives an offer to help curing a monkey epidemic in Africa. He borrows supplies and a ship, takes all his loyal companions and heads out on a voyage. Unfortunately, he gets shipwrecked at the African coast and gets captured by Jolliginki – a local who has been exploited by European colonists and wants no white men to walk his land. Somehow the band manages to escape and to find its way to the monkey kingdom where the situation is dire. Doolittle manages is able to help the monkeys and as a token of their appreciation they help him raise money to head home, but more challenges lay ahead of him.
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