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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

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This is the total number of incidents in this 336 page book.

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Author: Hugh Lofting
Key Words: Fiction, Classics, Adventure, Animals, Sailing

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Book Description:

Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal!

Told by 9-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, Doctor Dolittle and company survive a perilous shipwreck and land on the mysterious, floating Spidermonkey Island. There he meets the Great Glass Sea Snail who holds the key to the biggest mystery of all.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 5 Incidents


Name Calling - 6 Incidents

ninny, stupid old salt, lumbering lout, little devil, ugly ruffians

“First he called them a long string of names: cowards, loafers, thieves, vagabonds, good-for-nothings, bullies and whatnot.”

Religious Profanities - 37 Incidents

Goodness, Gracious, my blessed, Goodness knows, I hope to goodness, for heaven's sake, Lord preserve us, oh Lord, Good Lord, gosh, golly, thank heaven, heaven knows

Religious & Supernatural - 2 Incidents

Natives “at first were all for falling on their knees and worshiping the fire.”

Again, natives think fire is “magic.”

Romance Related - 4 Incidents

Women in a crowd go entirely mad over the Doctor and blow him kisses, call him darling, etc.

Mentions a king who has a hundred and twenty wives.

The word “breast” is used - for a bird’s chest.

The word “breast” is used for chest.

Attitudes/Disobedience - 1 Incident

A boy thinks about throwing his shoes in anger but thinks better of it.

Conversation Topics - 10 Incidents

A man smokes a pipe, mentions ale.

The word “cock” is used to mean a rooster.

“He says you went to see a prizefight and then sat up playing cards for money.”

A man has tattoos all over his arm.

A talking bird swears softly to herself.

A remark towards cannibalism, though most likely said in jest.

A couple of people (the Doctor’s assistants) make a side bet on Doctor Dolittle in order to make money for food.

Evolutionary reference: “We land animals [referring to humans] … are unable to breathe under water.”

Evolutionary reference: “He belongs to past ages when the whales were land animals and all that.”

Natives say they thought a certain man was a devil.

Parent Takeaway

A fun and engaging adventure story with morals and propriety in place.

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