The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle — Hugh Lofting
This has been the very first book that I have read—and the very beginning of my rooted fascination towards literature. It was given to me by my favorite cousin when I was in 5th grade, never knowing that somehow it’ll change my tediously unvarying childish amusements and diversions during that time. You think I missed out on my childhood? No. Instead, I think my childhood friends are those that had missed out on this terrific experience.
I have been so envious of Tommy Stubbins since day one. Who wouldn’t? He met the doctor, travelled with him, learned amazing things about animals and their languages and nature—a far cry from what children of his age learn at that time. The doctor, on the other hand, has been always my favorite character—he is smart, affectionate, brave, yet silly and funny at times. Their party consisting of a clever parrot, a dog, and a monkey on a journey to Spidermonkey Island—I have been dreaming of having such company and travelling to that fictional place in my musings. And my favorite part: their experience of meeting the Great Glass Sea Snail and riding in its transparent shell where you can have the wonderful experience of seeing the beauty and grandeur of the sea below, which is, just so fascinating if you were even a witness.
However, there were some issues regarding the book. The description of the Natives in Spider Monkey Island was said to be racist. I, on the other hand, never found any offensiveness towards that, but maybe it was just me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book much more than The Story of Dr. Dolittle—the first book in the sequel, which I have read later.