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Title:
Bambi : a life in the woods
Other title(s):
Felix Salten
Uniform Title:
Bambi. English
ISBN:
9781442493452
Publication:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
185 pages, 26 unnumbered leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Describes the life of a deer in the forest as he grows into a beautiful stag.
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SALTEN
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J Salten, F.
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Summary

Summary

Immerse yourself in a young deer's world in this resplendent, collectible edition of the richly imagined and vividly illustrated masterpiece that inspired the beloved Disney film.

Bambi lives in a thicket in the forest. From his kind and caring mother, to all the friends he makes among the forest's inhabitants, to his twin cousins Faline and Gobo, he is surrounded by animals who wish him well. But there are dangers within and surrounding the forest, and all too soon they will make themselves known.

A beautifully written and critically acclaimed classic that has been translated into more than twenty languages and inspired one of the most beloved Disney films of all time, Bambi is an emotionally wrought exploration of family that also serves as a powerful allegory of modern times.

This keepsake edition showcases luminous oil-painting illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher and features a soft touch cover, gold foiling, and tip-in artwork.


Author Notes

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

Steve Johnson and his partner, Lou Fancher, have worked as a creative team for more than twenty-six years, illustrating more than forty-five children's books, including My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou's Amazing Peace , and Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit , adapted by Lou Fancher. They live with their son in the San Francisco Bay area.

Lou Fancher and her partner, Steve Johnson, have worked as a creative team for more than twenty-six years, illustrating more than forty-five children's books, including My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou's Amazing Peace , and Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit , adapted by Lou Fancher. They live with their son in the San Francisco Bay area.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Many children know this story from the Disney film, but the book's lyrical, sometimes old-fashioned prose with its occasionally harshly realistic view of nature makes it most suitable for older children. Here is a well-crafted adaptation of the original story that is aimed at younger readers. It still recounts the story of Bambi and his life in the forest, but by carefully selecting words and phrases (many of them Salten's own), Schulman has told a much more compact version of the tale, but one that still retains the spirit and essence of the original. The major difference is that many of the descriptive passages have been eliminated, so readers get less of a feel for Bambi's surroundings and a bit less of the poetic tone. However, all of the main events are included, even the deaths of Bambi's mother and others, and the story's theme of humanity as the biggest danger facing the forest dwellers remains intact. This is not a "sanitized" retelling of the story, just a shorter one. The rather somber mood is well complemented by oil paintings that lend an extra element of emotion. The hard realities of life in the wild are still evident, and some of the events may be disturbing to younger, more sensitive children. Others, though, will certainly welcome this nicely presented, accessible version of a beloved tale.-Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1999, Schulman adapted Salten's 1923 novel, bringing the original tale of a young deer's coming of age to a generation more familiar with the Disney animated version. Here, the woodland story, considered by many critics to be the first "ecological" novel, springs to life via Dolan's fine reading. Young listeners will be eager to follow along on Bambi's first frolics in the meadow, where he encounters a magpie, grasshoppers, butterflies and dandelions. By then, listeners will be hooked enough to stay with this recording as Bambi takes in stride the important, if somber, life lessons imparted by his mother, all the while trying to understand why "life is so difficult and dangerous." And when hunters encroach, taking his mother from him, Bambi knows he has to follow the advice of the stag known as the Great Prince: "Listen, smell and see for yourself; live by yourself; find out for yourself." Dolan's comfortable storytelling style conveys all the wonder, awe and self-discovery of the material and does not over-sentimentalize the deeper emotional current that comes with encountering death. A wide range of listeners will find much to appreciate in this more serious (compared to Disney's interpretation) look at a beloved children's character. Ages 6-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

While this storybook adaptation of the original novel (translated into English in 1928) isn't the least bit Disneyfied, the somber tone of the still overly sentimental story seems unlikely to hold much appeal for contemporary readers. While the oil paintings adequately convey the woodland setting and its inhabitants, overall the story and illustrations are dark. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.