Bambi: A Life in the Woods Paperback – 19 Feb 2013
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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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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 ›
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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.
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.