Book Reading Challenge: Book 6

Bambi

He is born in the middle of the forest in one of those little hidden glades, a curious little fawn called Bambi.  He learns about the beauty and dangers of the world around him, and like any small child questions what is just out of his reach.  As he grows into a handsome stag he experiences the joy of summer fun in the paddocks with friends, eventually understanding the dangers of the forest and of man the most feared creature of all, the death of his Mother and the eventual love of his childhood sweetheart.   This storybook is an adaption of the original written by Felix Salten, published in 1923 in Berlin.  The first American edition translated into English, appeared in 1928.  Walt Disney created his animated film Bambi in 1942 from Felix Salten’s book and is now a classic.   Janet Schulman has created a classic with this read aloud book and with the help of illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher capturing the beauty of the forest, and the animals that live deep within, they have preserved that timeless magic, we all love.   Janet Schulman’s note to the reader just inside the cover gives you a glance as to how she came upon the story.  As an animal lover I could not pass up a chance to review this treasure.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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2 Responses to Book Reading Challenge: Book 6

  1. Patricia says:

    Indeed a treasure. I enjoyed reading the history behind the story. I only read the Disney versions and of course saw the movie many, many times as a child and as a mother with a child. Ironically, the television show, “The View,” had both the individuals who were the voices of Bambi and Thumper on the programthis week. They showed them as children, and now in their 70s. They hadn’t seen each other since childhood when they did many Disney characters — then they stepped away from acting. It was interesting to learn that they recorded the story and voices first, and the cartoons followed to match the voices. And, the man/boy who played Bambi was asked how he felt when he made that infamous cry “Mother…Mother” after his mother is shot. He said he didn’t know what was happening to Bambi’s mother, but the studio tricked him to to believing his mother had left him at the studio and wouldn’t return — thus that famous cry “Mother.” He was crying for his own mother. Great choice of books.

    • Wow, what interesting facts to uncover, thankyou Patricia. Unfortunately we don’t get the programme “The View” here. It would have been very interesting indeed to learn all about how the movie was made. I only vaguely remember the Disney version from when I was a child, and so when I saw the book and the beautiful cover, I thought, now this is a must.

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