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September 18, 2020 2 min read
Though I read a few of the Doctor Dolittle books when I was young, there wasn’t much I remembered in them apart from the fact that Dr. Dolittle spoke to and helped animals. I definitely didn’t know anything about the author, Hugh Lofting. So, I decided to revisit it since this year is the 100 year anniversary of the original book.
Just to reiterate for those not familiar with this classic work of literature, Hugh Lofting was an avid animal lover who sought to teach kids about the importance of empathy for animals through his famous writings about a doctor who understood the language of animals, Doctor John Dolittle.
Though the books were blacklisted for a period of time due to perceived racist commentary (eventually revised and re released in 1988) it was clear that Lofting's true intent was one in which all humanity and living creatures co-existed in harmony.
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