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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (19 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442467452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442467453
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Felix Salten (1869-1945) was an Austrian author and critic in Vienna. His most famous work is Bambi.

Richard Cowdrey has illustrated many books, including Bambi, The Christmas Baby, and the #1 New York Times bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! He lives in Gambier, Ohio.


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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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These reviews note how different the book is from the film, which of course is a byword for cutesiness. But that's not to say that it's better. The film is an outstanding piece of work of its own kind. This - well, sometimes a book is written and, because they think adults won't buy it, it is marketed at kids. But it wasn't really meant for kids - kids were not the audience the author had in his mind's eye. Examples are My Family And Other Animals, Sword in the Stone, and Watership Down.

Dark, complex themes of life, love and death struggle to find adequate expression in these pages - and fail. The need to keep it PG results in too many hints and half-words, while at the same time there is a lot of unpleasant violence. Adults interested in discussion of the Meaning Of Life have better places to look, and kids - well, they're better sticking with the film.
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A beautiful book. My daughter is delighted with it after receiving it for her birthday.Very prompt delivery too. Happy bunnies all round!
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Horrified at the real life bambi
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Horned Lord of the Forest 16 Sept. 2014
By Calire - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong, I still love the Disney movie. It will always be one of my all-time favorites, but this book...this book...it just blows my mind. It takes subjects that were only touched on in the movie (The Circle of Life, dealing with loss, the passing of time, falling in and out of love, growing up in a dangerous world, loss of innocence, Nature Red in Tooth & Claw, Man's role in Nature), and takes them to a whole new level of beauty and terror. Characters we loved in the movie (Thumper, Friend Owl, and others) are given much deeper, more meaningful roles here, beyond your typical "cute-critter comedy relief", and not all of them make it out of this book alive...

While Bambi does have its fair share of pretty nature scenes, cute animals being cute, and lovingly poetic descriptions of the woods' flora and fauna, this is oftentimes a very dark, very violent, out-right bloodbath of a story. Though these characters are given human speech and are reasonably anthropomorphic, they are still wild animals, who do not hesitate to kill for the sake of survival. There are a lot of throats being ripped out in this novel, and Bambi is not afraid to get blood on his antlers from time to time.

And be sure to have a box of tissues on hand for this one. If you thought the death of Bambi's mom in the film was depressing, just wait 'till you read this. I'm telling you, the death of Bambi's mom is ONLY THE BEGINNING.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 6 Aug. 2013
By Anainatlanta - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow...just WOW!!!! This book is so amazing. Although I have to say, before you read, do not expect Thumper or Flower to be in it. They are not included. Also, Bambi's mother "vanishes" a different way than in the movie. But, this book has so much more detail. It even has a short chapter on a conversation with leaves falling off a tree. The characters that we all know that are in the book are: Bambi, Faline, Bambi's mother, Bambi's father, and other smaller part characters. The characters that we do not know are: Gobo (Faline's twin brother), Kaurus, Ronno, old Nettla, Mareena, and Aunt Ena (Bambi's mother's sister and Faline & Gobo's mother.). I loved how the author puts a lot of detail into the book. Some chapters just talk about the weather or the animals in the forest. Others involve the main characters and other characters. I recommend the book be for ages 8-100. It is a great book for anyone. I love the part where - wanna know my favourite part? Read it and you can guess! Hope you like th book if you decide to read it! Great book! That's it, bye! :)
2.0 out of 5 stars MIssing text from earlier editions! A SUPERB novel but avoid this version 10 Jun. 2017
By R.L. Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a five-star book but I'm only giving this edition 2 stars as a warning to buyers and readers: this edition has been edited/abridged, either deliberately or accidentally. I was skim reading a copy and noticed some familiar lines missing. Comparing it to other editions, both older, I saw that yes, text had in fact been dropped. It could just be poor re-keying (retyping) of the manuscript, or bad layout, or sloppy copyediting, but however these things happened, this version should be avoided, thee are surely more complete editions available.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 27 Dec. 2013
By PC - Published on Amazon.com
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There is so much more to Bambi than the Disney movie. The book shows so much more of Bambi's life and the relationships to those around him. I cried several times while reading this book, sometimes out of sadness, sometimes out of joy, but mostly because this book touched my heart and made me feel alive.

I recommend this book to everyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars super good!!! 4 May 2017
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This book is AMAZING. Teaches you so much and there are so many cliffhangers. It pulls so many heartstrings. But if you are very sensitive to blood I don't recommend. It's way worse then you may have heard. Because t if you are sensitive and still want to read it. I'll give you the chapter where things go bad.
-WARNING!!! SPOILER!! PLEASE STOP READING THIS REVIEW IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED-
Chapter ten. Avoid chapter ten! So you don't get confused where some animals may have went.
Gobo dies
Bambi's mother dies
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