The Story of Doctor Dolittle
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...
It happened one day that the Doctor was sitting in his kitchen talking with the Cat's–meat–Man who had come to see him with a stomach–ache. "Why don't you give up being a people's doctor, and be...
And soon now the Doctor began to make money again; and his sister, Sarah, bought a new dress and was happy. Some of the animals who came to see him were so sick that they had to stay at the...
That Winter was a very cold one. And one night in December, when they were all sitting round the warm fire in the kitchen, and the Doctor was reading aloud to them out of books he had written...
Now for six whole weeks they went sailing on and on, over the rolling sea, following the swallow who flew before the ship to show them the way. At night she carried a tiny lantern, so they should...
When they had gone a little way through the thick forest they came to a wide, clear space; and they saw the King's palace which was made of mud. This was where the King lived with his Queen,...
Queen Ermintrude had never in her life seen her husband so terrible as he got that night. He gnashed his teeth with rage. He called everybody a fool. He threw his tooth–brush at the palace cat. He...
John Dolittle now became dreadfully, awfully busy. He found hundreds and thousands of monkeys sick—gorillas, orangoutangs, chimpanzees, dog–faced baboons, marmosettes, gray monkeys, red ones—all...
Chee–Chee stood outside the Doctor's door, keeping everybody away till he woke up. Then John Dolittle told the monkeys that he must now go back to Puddleby. They were very surprised at this; for...
Pushmi–pullyus are now extinct. That means, there aren't any more. But long ago, when Doctor Dolittle was alive, there were some of them still left in the deepest jungles of Africa; and even then...
By the edge of the river they stopped and said farewell. This took a long time, because all those thousands of monkeys wanted to shake John Dolittle by the hand. Afterwards, when the Doctor and...
Very, very quietly, making sure that no one should see her, Polynesia then slipped out at the back of the tree and flew across to the prison. She found Gub–Gub poking his nose through the bars of...
Sailing homeward, the Doctor's ship had to pass the coast of Barbary. This coast is the seashore of the Great Desert. It is a wild, lonely place—all sand and stones. And it was here that the...
Dragging a ship through the sea is hard work. And after two or three hours the swallows began to get tired in the wings and short of breath. Then they sent a message down to the Doctor to say that...
Everything would have gone all right if the pig had not caught a cold in his head while eating the damp sugar–cane on the island. This is what happened: After they had pulled up the anchor without...
Having thanked the sharks again for their kindness, the Doctor and his pets set off once more on their journey home in the swift ship with the three red sails. As they moved out into the open sea,...
Right away an axe was found. And the Doctor soon chopped a hole in the door big enough to clamber through. At first he could see nothing at all, it was so dark inside. So he struck a match. The...
"Your uncle must now be FOUND," said the Doctor—"that is the next thing—now that we know he wasn't thrown into the sea." Then Dab–Dab came up to him again and whispered, "Ask the eagles to look...
Up they got, early next morning, out of the silken beds; and they saw that the sun was shining brightly and that the wind was blowing from the South. Jip smelt the South wind for half an hour....
Gently then—very gently, the Doctor woke the man up. But just at that moment the match went out again. And the man thought it was Ben Ali coming back, and he began to punch the Doctor in the...
March winds had come and gone; April's showers were over; May's buds had opened into flower; and the June sun was shining on the pleasant fields, when John Dolittle at last got back to his own...
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