Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Homeschooling :: A Doctor Doolittle Lapbook

My youngest son and I have just finished reading The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting. We absolutely loved it! He hasn't enjoyed a book in quite some time, and the tales of Doctor Doolittle and his animal friends had my youngest begging for more chapters after reading our one chapter a night. Since he enjoyed this story, I decided to create a lapbook for him. I borrowed some ideas from others I have seen and added to them as well to make a finished project. I've saved all the files I created; if you're interested in using them, please leave a comment below with your email address or feel free to email me.

You'll need to either download my Doctor Doolittle pages or create your own - which is nice because you can tailor them to your child(ren). Map pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, a file folder, and a stapler will all come in handy when creating a lapbook. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of using and making lapbooks, please visit this link.

First, you will need to fold the file folder so that it resembles a shutter book, as seen above. On this section of the lapbook, we downloaded poems about jungle animals and glued them down. My youngest is also going to make fingerprint monkeys tomorrow and draw a jungle theme around the poems.

Here he is working hard at creating the flags from the story. I easily printed out a British flag, but I created blank rectangles for him to design his own flags for Joliginki, Dr. Doolittle, and the Barbary Pirates. He really enjoyed the creative aspect of this activity.

Here is his finished lapbook. On the right tab, a flap book titled Everyone's a Hero, is full of his narrations regarding characters of the book and their actions my youngest felt were heroic. Above the flap book is a map of the Barbary Pirates' pillaging area.

The middle section includes my youngest's own created animal language, his drawings of Dr. Doolittle's patients, a section on the Pushmi-Pullyu along with a descriptive sentence, and two maps of Africa - one from 1914 and one from 2007.

The left tab includes a flag pocket with four flags and a stacking book which lists the main characters. For this section, he had to draw each character and write one descriptive word for each of them.

On the back of the file folder, he glued one of the original book drawings I downloaded.

Once he was finished, he told his brother all about his lapbook and Dr. Doolittle. He has plans to bring it to Park Day and share with all of his friends. 

In this picture, my youngest is showing off his flags!
Here are the links to the pages I created for this lapbook! Please let me know if you have any trouble with them. File 1, File 2, File 3, File 4, File 5, File 6 


  1. Hi Michelle,
    This looks great. Thank you for sharing. Where can I download the files for this lapbooks?

  2. Hi Umm, I'm glad you like it! I've uploaded the files to Google docs and shared the links. Please let me know if you have any trouble with them. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Thank you for sharing this. We are starting Dr. Doolittle today! My daughter can't wait to start the lapbook!

  4. Thanks for this. This will do the trick for our Book Week inquiry. I saw the original movie in 1967
    and loved it. I'am sure my year 4 class will too.