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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Talk To The Animals!

How do a pig, a duck, a monkey and an owl say "Happy Birthday?"

Dr. Dolittle would have known. And his creator, Hugh Lofting, born on this date in 1886, would have been able to put the words into the animals' mouths. Lofting was a soldier in World War I and, tired of the horrors and tedium of war, wrote letters to his children filled with tales of a kindly English veterinarian who could communicate verbally with his animal patients. The stories evolved into a series of books, the second of which, The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle, won a Newberry Medal.

The above, including picture, were taken from . If Mr. Lofting were alive today we would give him big, sloppy kisses for writing such wonderful, lifelike books!! If you've never read the original Dr. Dolittle books, we suggest you go to your local library and check them out. They are a terrific read!

Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie


TwoSpecialWires said...

Moma remembers these as her very first favorite books. She tells us (and tells Our Girl) she can remember sitting on the floor of the library, looking at books on the lower row of shelves, desperately looking for another Dr. Doolittle book, after having read the first one. THAT was when Moma and everyone else realized her absolute and true love for animals. And when she started talking with them, too. We're sure thankful for Hugh Lofting. Look where it led her! Now WE get to enjoy that special kind of communication.

We hear Moma rumbling around on the bookshelf ... looking for her own (very old) copy of the first book. We're guessing we're gonna get to cuddle up next to her later on today ...

Have a great one ...
Jake and Fergi xxoo

The OP Pack said...

Those were wonderful books and this is a great reminder to Mom to find those books to read to the grandbipeds. They will love them.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Martha and Bailey said...

We just love Dr Dolittle in this house!
We didn't know about Hugh Lofting though - we can see how his writing would have been his big of escapism.
A bit like our blogging although thankfully we are not in a war!
Martha & Bailey xxx

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom instantly pikhtured Rex Harrison!

Tank woo fur sharing!


Bobby said...

Thank you for the information, we have not read one but we will.

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

Yes, the mom her thought of the movie and Rex Harrison.
Thanks for stopping by, it was nice meeting you. I hope you can make it tomorrow for my first birthday party. Asta will be there too. Hope to see you!!

Twinkietinydog said...

Thank you for the suggestion. How appropriate. Today is my sissy's birthday :)

K9friend said...

And now I'm singing..."If I could talk to the animals, learn all their languages, what a great achievement it would be..."