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Oh dear How many of you have seen the 1967 film, or the Eddie Murphy remake, and remember this adorable childhood classic about a kindly English doctor who talks to animals How many of you have actually read the book and know that it was really, really racist I mean, whether you want to excuse it for the time it was written 1920 is up to you, and racism aside, it s quite a charming book with the sort of story any child would love A nice doctor who talks to animals And they go to Africa and save all the monkeys And then they fight pirates Dr Doolittle talks to everything from dogs and pigs and mice to sharks and parrots and eagles and a two headed Tibetan Pushmi Pullyu Yes, the story was charming I listened to it because it was another one of Audible s free downloads and I needed something to listen to while gardening.However, I think before I d read this aloud to my child, or allow a child to read it, I d want to have a talk about the n word And all the other words for black people that are used in this story And the subplot about the black prince who s very, very sad because Sleeping Beauty was so horrified to be awoken by a black boy that she ran away and went back to sleep So he asks Dr Doolittle to make him white.Yeah.This is suitable for a young reader who s capable of grasping the concept of problematic products of their time It was fun, even for an adult listener it s not written for very, very young children But it s definitely a children s story, and, uh, a product of its time. Yikes So much racism And not subtle, social racism, either not the kind we can ignore or dismiss as unwitting symptoms of their time This is flat out explicit use of three of the most offensive words I ve ever encountered By the protagonists And they re sincere And we re not supposed to dislike them for it Each time, I nearly put the book down, but was convinced that people had recommended it to me for a reason As it happens, I m now pretty sure all the people who recommended it to me had not read it in a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time I understand that children often don t pick up on racist, sexist, etc things, but these Yikes How could you not Up until those scenes, I had quite enjoyed the book but afterward, I only finished it because I felt like I needed to give it a shot Those are what I will take away from the book.Interesting Note I had never heard the word coon used as a racist epithet until I watched Remember The Titans in 2003 Where and when I grew up, that word was only a shortened form of raccoon and it saddens me that when I hear it as an adult, my brain now first registers it as a horrible racist term I m afraid to say coon hunting or coon skin cap because of the terrifying images they evoke If I had read this book as a child, I suspect its use in this book would have utterly baffled me given that it IS about a man who talks to various wild animals but as an adult it sickened me I m actually afraid to re watch the old Rex Harrison film that I loved as a child Will it also contain racism that I don t remember as being there If the only version of Dr Dolittle you know is Eddie Murphy s you don t know Dr Dolittle Even if you ve see the Rex Harrison musical, if you haven t read the book, you don t know Dr Dolittle.Small, tubby, and shy, Dr Dolittle is a brilliant doctor whose love of animals loses him his human patients But after his parrot Polynesia teaches him to speak animal languages,the Doctor becomes famous in the animal world, and travels across the world and even to the moon In this first book, the Doctor and his pets sail to Africa to save the kingdom of monkeys from a plague Be warned, there is an African prince who is depicted as childlike, and wants nothing than to be a white man And yes, other Dolittle books feature childlike Africans to whom the Doctor gets to teach civilized ways Yes, it s offensive But my politically correct before it was hip to be politically correct mom read these to me back in the gulp 60s, and I loved them and somehow didn t grow up to be a bigot Take them in context, or if you must hunt for the revised editions that removed some of the offensive stuff Or start with another of my favorites in the series Doctor Dolittle s Circus Listened to this in the car The kids loved it This book made me fall in love with books and reading 3 I wish I was doctor Dolittle Beautifully illustrated and revised I presume anyone reading the reviews already is familiar with the storyline of Dr Dolittle I highly recommend this version with only a slight reservation see below because its illustration and editing would make an excellent introduction to children as well as a gift possibility and a lifelong keepsake I heartily disagree with the reviewer who discredits this edition because it has been updated to modern civilities The reviewer mistakenly suggests that the edition conceals that changes have been made To the contrary, the foreword fully describes the editors concerns for literary sensitivities as they made changes If your purpose is to collect unabridged books, do shop elsewhere But if you share my intent of introducing this wonderful story to children, this book serves the purpose very well There is minimal distraction from unnecessary anachronisms I think this edition would serve children well through elementary school I would nominate unabridged editions for older children to help teach them about society s changing attitudes towards racism My slight reservation mentioned above about this edition is that racial stereotypes do persist In Africa, the white doctor is referred as the good man while the African king is unjust, his son is goofy, and both the king and his son are easily fooled These characterizations ARE unavoidable without drastically changing the storyline However, the story explains the motivation for the king s injustice and is a worthy point of discussion with a young reader. I was never a big fan of the movie, but I can t deny that Dr Dolittle still retains some hold on the popular imagination Audible offered this particular edition as a free promotion this summer, which I thought was an excellent excuse to listen to this classic with my children on a road trip I was aware of some accusations of racism going into the listen, so we had a little chat before pressing play Things were relatively fine until our heroes got to Africa At that point, though, my wife and I dropped our collective jaws at the diverse usage of racial ephithets, and at the storyline that involves an African prince wanting to become white so he can win the fair princess To a modern audience, there is simply no excusing this.Moreover, I didn t even find the story that enjoyable, and neither did my children There are some quality lessons such as the need to actually listen to the needs of others, as exemplified by Dr Dolittle taking the time to learn to talk to animals but the narrative ended up being far too light and scattered to keep our attention Taken together with the racist elements, this is a story that would have been better left to the warm fuzzy memories of Rex Harrison with his top hat and cane. {Ebook} ô The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Being the History of his Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts ⚠ Doctor John Dolittle Loves Animals He Loves Them So Much That His Home And Office Overflow With Animals Of Every Description When Polynesia The Parrot Teaches Him The Language Of The Animals, Doctor Dolittle Becomes A World Famous Doctor, Traveling Even As Far Away As Africa To Help His Friends In This First Book In The Series, Doctor Dolittle Discovers That He Can Talk To The Animals Jip The Dog, Dab Dab The Duck, Polynesia The Parrot Nice story about a Dr that can talk to animals I always thought that if I just could listen very carefully, my dogs and cats would talk to me Sadly it never happened, but it still could one day D