Bambi, a children’s / young adult book published in 1923 by Felix Salten, is very different than the one we’ve seen from Walt Disney. Many have seen the cartoon versions, felt sad for the death and know it as a classic “growing-up” book for kids. But it’s really a whole lot more, if you choose to read the original version. And for that, it gets 4 of 5 stars for this reader. The book is not written as a children’s story, i.e. for a 4 or 5 year old to look and pictures, read the funny captions and laugh at the adventure of the animals. It’s a true coming-of-age story for a deer, told with all the ramifications of life’s expectations that eventually occur. Bambi has a beautiful relationship with his parents and family. He watches his friends play games and grow older. He seems courtship and love. He learns what it means to be afraid. He sees death. He learns to be a protector. It’s a full picture story, meant to show the realities of animals living in the forest. It’s a stronger story than I’d watched in the Disney films, but then again, I waited to read it until I was almost 13 years old.
It’s a definite must-read for kids, but probably not alone until they are at least 10. I don’t even think it’s a good one to read to your kids much earlier than that… you may want them to see the cartoon version first, as I think that has a lot of emotion packed into it… but I see the other side of the coin, where it’s important to teach reality to them, even at a young age.
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