Doctor Dolittle's Caravan (1926)-- Once again the reader takes a trip back in time, in terms of the inner chronology of the Dolittle stories, for this one is set after the events of Circus but before those of Voyages. Thus, we are pre-Tommy Stubbins and back to a third person narrator (who, in the overall mythos of the stories, I suppose we are to assume is Stubbins, recording all this later from Polynesia's testimony), and the Doctor's chief human companion is his Circus cohort Matthew Mugg. In fact, as Caravan opens, John Dolittle is still running the old Blossom Circus, whose ranks are soon to be swelled by one Pipinella, a female green canary extraordinary for her ability to sing (only the males are supposed to be able to do that). The Doctor builds a new act around his star: a bird opera which confounds the critics but definitely intrigues the public!
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