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Bambi Kindle Edition

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Length: 218 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 5 - 8 Grade Level: K - 03

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  • 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #661,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My ignorance will show here. I only ever knew this as a Disney film and only recently discovered its origins in literature. And that really is a shame. This novel really isn't for the demographic the film is aimed at, but it's a book I would want my own child to read before childhood's end.

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.
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I bought this book after being recommended it in a blog I read, with the feeling that it was going to be a reflection Disney's rendition of the story. However, there was much more to the book than the film; one gets to know the characters in more depth and the storyline is much deeper and more exciting, and entirely different in some places (in a good way). This is in fact THE best book I have ever read. I promised myself before reading it that I wouldn't cry (as I had cried in the movie), but I broke that promise. The print isn't the best quality, but it was still very much readable, so that doesn't really matter!
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Absolutely love this book. I first (and last) read it as a child and it left a lasting Impression on me. I've never seen the Disney film and nor do I want to (have seen enough clips over the years).

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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This was my favourite book when I was a child but I have never owned a copy. I bought this copy to put this right and also to show it to my grandchildren.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e7ae234) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x8e9d6db0) out of 5 stars Greatest Allegory Ever Written 30 April 2014
By Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
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There should be a curse on Disney. What those folks did to Salten's Bambi is a literary crime. Forget Disney's stupid Thumper the rabbit and the skunk, and just about everything else in the Disney version. Bambi is one heckeva allegory touching on many human themes.

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. . .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7b3018) out of 5 stars Missed Bambi terribly 20 Feb. 2014
By Bird Man - Published on Amazon.com
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For many years, I had an original printing of this classic. I don't know what it was worth, but it was in great shape. One day, it disappeared, and I feared I would never find another copy. Now that I am in my fifties, I started looking again to find the classic tale I loved so much. The Disney version is great for small children, but the original is a must read for all who love nature, animals, or just literature in general!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sharlene Simko - Published on Amazon.com
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Just as good as I remembered. A really good book for adults as well as older kids. Will read again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7b33fc) out of 5 stars Beautiful!!! 26 Dec. 2013
By Samantha Jean Georges - Published on Amazon.com
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I was already aware that the book was darker than the charming Disney animated film, and when I finished the book, I was a bit saddened by the events, but at the same time, I couldn't help but think about how beautiful this story is. I admire it a thousand times more than the Disney movie. The story really makes you feel for the animals struggling for survival in the wild, and also makes you think about how monstrous humans are in the eyes of wild animals. I highly recommend reading Bambi!
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By Tonoalea Willey - Published on Amazon.com
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i had to have the original bambi book for my kindle fire it is my favorite book and i can enlarge the letters so i can see to read it
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