Confession: I didn’t know that there was a book for Bambi until I read it off the back of another book by Felix Salten about a cat (it was the cat on the cover that attracted my attention). Once I found out, though, I made sure to take it home with me. I’m so glad I did. Unless you are under the age of five, I recommend reading the book before the movie so you don’t have any false ideas about it. And don’t tell those die-hard Disney Bambi lovers, but there is no Thumper in the book. Sorry, kids.
“For a long time the creature stood without moving. Then it stretched out a leg from high up near it’s face. Bambi had not even noticed that one was there. But as that terrible leg was reaching out into the air Bambi was swept away by the mere gesture. In a flash he was back into the thicket he came from, and was running away.
In a twinkling his mother was with him again, too. She bounded beside him over shrubs and bushes. They ran side by side as fast as they could. His mother was in the lead. She knew the way and Bambi followed. They ran till they came to their glade.
“Did you see Him?” asked the mother softly.
Bambi could not answer, he had no breath left. He only nodded.
“That was He,” said the mother.
And they both shuddered.”
Bambi is the story of a fawn. Bambi lives with his mother in a deep wooded thicket. As a baby, he has no cares in the world, but as he grows older, he experiences dangers and hardships, namely hunters. This book just comes to show you that the life of a deer is not so simple.
The message of Bambi is that sometimes life isn’t so easy. He has to live with fear hanging over his head and goes through many hard things. By the end of the book he has grown and changed because of his trials, just like we as people do.
I found this book in the fiction section at the library, and you can also buy a copy on Amazon.
This book is amazing. I didn’t even know before I spotted this on the shelf at the library that Bambi was actually a book. More people should know about it. I give this book
Felix Salten really pulls off an animal’s point of view here. It follows a real deer’s life and is a great read.
Ages five and up would probably enjoy this book. Parents might want to read it with their kids seven and under, because some of the words are a little long, but otherwise it works for almost everyone.
Warning: Some of Bambi’s close friends do die, so if you have a child who doesn’t handle those kinds of things very well, you might want to choose something else for them.