- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3022 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Barton Press (16 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009DFC1AU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #661,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bambi Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
More overtly than the book, we learn about the changing and cruel seasons, the danger of man (He), innocence and maturity, relationships and death. Quite a broad spectrum for a 200 page children's story about a deer.
And he is a dear. Little Bambi is much loved, and is born into a beautiful forest idyll, enchanted by the animals and world around him. There is no Thumper or Flower, but Faline (and her clearly doomed twin brother Gobo) is as lovely and sweet as you remember from the cartoon. We follow his growth to adolescent, to his first winter, encounters with the stag Prince, and yes, Man and his mother do meet. The scenes with humans in them are quite brutal, frightening and vivid - many friends die painful and protracted deaths, which for me prevents me from recommending this to children under eight.
The rituals of mating aren't shied away from, but nothing explicit is said, though adults reading will know what is going on.
In a pre-Lion King world, this really does show the circle of life in nature for all it is in reality - sometimes beautiful, sometimes inspiring, but often brutal and painful. Bambi's mother becomes distant, friends die at the hands of other friends, injuries are sustained, babies die.
You won't find twitterpating here, but you will find a beautiful account of the natural world that any childhood would benefit from reading.Read more ›
This book is really good as it doesn't shy away from the difficult issues of death and dying and shows the consequences of hunting and man's effect on wildlife.
Yes, it is anthromorphic but if that makes children stop and think of the consequences of their actions then it cannot be a bad thing.
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There are big issues in the original Salten work like government dependence, note the scene with the hunter's dog and the wounded fox. There are small vignettes like Bambi noting that Faline, the love of his life, is showing age and certainly no longer young. There's the inability of men to share their feelings with wives and children. There is discussion about the brevity of life. And, perhaps most touching is the chapter where the fall leaves are conversing and noting that not many are left. They wonder about falling from the tree and what will happen then, noting no one has ever come back. One leaf, in a white lie like we all tell, assures the other that she still looks vibrant; then she falls. I'm an old man and this always brings me to tears, even as I write this. Yes, there should be a curse on Disney.
Buy multiple copies. The paperbacks are cheap and give them as gifts with the admonishment to read the book slowly. It will be one of the best gifts possible.
The overall theme of the book noted in both the first and last chapter? "Can't you stand to be alone?" Think about it. . .