Dr Dolittle in the Moon (Red Fox Older Fiction)

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9780099880608: Dr Dolittle in the Moon (Red Fox Older Fiction)

Doctor Dolittle's travels take him to the moon, where there's a whole new world of animals and plants to study, such as whispering vines and singing forests. But back on Earth, the Doctor's friends wonder if he'll ever come home again.

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Hugh Lofting was born in Maidenhead in 1886. As a child he kept a miniature zoo and wildlife museum in his mother's linen cupboard and enjoyed making up stories for his family. He later studied engineering in London and the United States, and visited Canada, Africa and the West Indies. After his marriage in 1912 he settled in the United States. Hugh Lofting fought in the trenches during World War I and it was whilst observing the lack of compassion shown to the horses on the battlefields that the idea for Doctor Dolittle was born. He was the main character in letters Hugh sent home from the front to entertain his children. The successful publication of The Story of Doctor Dolittle in 1920 was followed by a further eleven books. In 1923 Hugh Lofting was awarded the Newbery Medal. He died in 1947.

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"Each generation cries for the moon in turn and the very newest one will find in these pages not something to cry for but something to completely satisfu their fleeting fancy" * The Spectator * "Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly and enthusiastic doctor/naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important" * Jane Goodall *

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