En route to the Stubbins home, Doctor Dolittle describes Polynesia and the role she played in his development as a doctor and his understanding of various animal languages. An old friend makes a surprise visit bringing word of various friends and acquaintances.
The narrator gives a description of the Dolittle garden and its exotic inhabitants.
Abstract: With Mrs. Gordon's health in decline, John and Black Beauty depart on an urgent mission.
Failing to find any sign of the boy's uncle in the ocean, the doctor devises another plan to locate him.
When a little dog named Duchess gets an invitation to tea at the home of Ribby the cat, she becomes dreadfully afraid that Ribby is going to serve her mouse pie. Duchess bakes a delightful veal and ham pie and comes up with a very clever plan to substitute her own pie for Ribby’s. However, both of their pies become mixed up and each becomes dreadfully afraid that they have eaten a patty-pan.
The Terrible Three fight valiantly against the Bagjagderags, but cannot hold back the enemies superior numbers. Polynesia, now in charge of an army of her own, rises to the occasion.
The reunited crew of the Curlew slowly continue their voyage towards land.
With Doctor Dolittle's help, Bob finally sets the record straight regarding the death of Bluebeard Bill.
Having gotten a thorough picture of the inner workings of the Dolittle house, Tommy inquires about some of the various exotic animals that are in the doctor's home. After dinner, Doctor Dolittle accompanies Stubbins to see the injured squirrel.
Discusses the role of logic in the teaching and learning of Hebrew algebra.
Disappointed by the disappearance of Long Arrow, Doctor Dolittle plans his next expedition, unsure of his destination.
Dr. Easterling is called to attend to the General’s high fever and illness.
Polynesia gives word to Gub-Gub before Prince Bumpo pays a visit to Doctor Dolittle. After the doctor fulfills his promise, Prince Bumpo prepares a ship for the parting doctor. Doctor Dolittle and the animals head back to Puddleby.
As Harry prepares to leave, he asks a favor of Oliver.
Jim, Silver, and the others meet Mr. Arrow, the first mate, and Smollett, the Captain. Livesey declares his trust for Smollett and Silver.
Doctor Dolittle continues to hastily traverse the landscape, while speculating about the fate of Long Arrow. Mr. Jabizri takes the lead as the mountain gets closer.
Baby Pinky is sick and wakes up the whole household with his crying. They take her to the hospital to make her well again.
Amid great bursts of laughter from the crowd, Doctor Dolittle enters the ring to challenge the great matador, Pepito de Malaga.
A dinner-party is held at Mr. Peck's house. Sam shares stories from his past.
Tommy returns to the doctor's house after making a delivery for his father, the cobbler. While attempting to beat the weather, Tommy accidentally runs into Doctor Dolittle. Having been invited into the Dolittle home, Tommy is shocked by what he sees.
The death notice.
Curly finds out that he can’t go to school until he’s vaccinated.
A new kings is crowned as the island finds a permanent home.
The Curlew's smooth sailing is interrupted by a sudden patch of rough seas.
The voyage continues smoothly for about a week until another stowaway is discovered below deck.