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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children.


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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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Horrified at the real life bambi
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful children's classic: 13 April 2013
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Here is the lovely children's books I and many others read as a child. It made us laugh, and made us cry. It was considered as essential reading for children as the Disney cartoon movie, Bambi.
Less known is the fact that in Nazi Germany, Bambi was burned, in 1933. It was banned in 1937, and the Gestapo ordered it seized. By then this innocent tale was viewed as an allegory against fascism, or even a metaphor for the persecution of Jews in Europe.
The author, Felix Salten, was a handsome, dashing intellectual who interviewed Gustav Klimt and went to hear Mark Twain speak in Vienna, when the American humorist lived there for two years.
So much history bound up in one little children's book.
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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! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Horned Lord of the Forest 16 Sept. 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book That Far Outstrips the Disney Adaptation 3 Feb. 2016
By Moose - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is nearly nothing like the lovable Disney adaptation that keeps the Bambi title in our minds. Salten writes this story nearly as closely as a person can to the furtive emotional and instinctive actions of an animal in the woods. The animals do not have anthropomorphic characterization; Salten presents them as raw, basically sentient beings who have basic emotions and an imperfect and only instinctive understanding of the world around. This book amazed me. I picked it up in a library just to read a few pages and found myself engulfed. This book is a page-turner. I could not put it down. This is not a mere children's book; this is a book for adults who want to experience an approximation of the feral and innate state of animals in the wild.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bambi 15 May 2013
By Tonoalea Willey - Published on Amazon.com
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bambi was my favorite book as a kid and i love the fact that i can read it in large letters on my kindle
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