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Classic Starts is a series of summarized books which aim to introduce some of the classical works to a younger audience that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Overview: Doctor Doolittle is a story about a Doctor in England who has a strong fondness of animals. This fondness turns his house (which also serves as his clinic) into a zoo which drives away not only all of his customers but also his loved ones. Things take a turn as he decides to stop treating humans and instead become a veterinarian. He gets help from his parrot, who teaches him how to speak to animals. The practice is a success and animals start to come from all over the land.. As the word spreads in the animal kingdom of this amazing doctor who can speak to animals, a message comes back to Doctor Doolittle about a village of monkeys in Africa that are sick. The rest of the story follows the voyages of Dr. Doolittle to and back from Africa to cure the ailing monkeys.
The Pros: For the most part the story is very clean and free of things like romance, immorality, magic or vulgar language. There are many colorful characters who stick throughout the story so if you like reading to your children and acting out the different voices of all the different characters than this will be a fun read. Also the plot of the story is relatively easy to follow even for younger children therefore making it a great bedtime story.
The Cons: There was only one small problem with the book and not worth mentioning for most people but there was one moment where the parrot pretended to be a fairy and promised a prince to magically transform his life were he to free Dr. Doolittle and the animals from prison.
Overall my boys really enjoyed all the different characters and me acting out all of their voices. The story line was clear and didn’t jump around too much for my 4 year old to keep up with the plot although I would constantly check his understanding as we went along to make sure he was paying attention.