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The Prince of the Forest

Bambi's life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with -- Friend Hare, the chattery squirrel, the noisy screech owl, and Bambi's twin cousins, frail Gobo and beautiful Faline.

But winter comes, and Bambi learns that the woods hold danger -- and things he...

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The Prince of the Forest

Bambi's life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with -- Friend Hare, the chattery squirrel, the noisy screech owl, and Bambi's twin cousins, frail Gobo and beautiful Faline.

But winter comes, and Bambi learns that the woods hold danger -- and things he doesn't understand. The first snowfall makes food hard to find. Bambi's father, a handsome stag, roams the forest, but leaves Bambi and his mother alone.

Then there is Man. He comes to the forest with weapons that can wound an animal. He does terrible things to Gobo, to Bambi's mother, and even to Bambi. But He can't keep Bambi from growing into a handsome stag himself, and becoming...the Prince of the Forest.

Retells the adventures of a young deer growing up and learning about life in the forest.

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Editorial Reviews

John Chamberlain
[Salten] has the gift of a tender, lucid style. His observation is next door to marvelous, and he invests the fruits of this observation with pure poetry. His comprehension makes his deer, his screech-owls, his butterflies, grasshoppers and hares, far more exciting to read about than hundreds of human beings who crowd the pages of our novels. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, July 1928
Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
New York Times Book Review
With its mystical, exultant evocation of nature, and its unwavering depiction of savage human nature, "Bambi" truly is a story for all ages. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's Luminous paintings capture, by turns, the radiance of Bambi's forest world, its beauty, terror and stillness, as the seasons pass and Bambi grows into princely maturity.
—Elizabeth Spires
From the Publisher
Dusikova taps into the emotional core of this tale, making it accessible to all but the youngest readers. -Kirkus Reviews Heidi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447417767
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 629,189
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

FELIX SALTEN (1869-1945) was born in Budapest, Hungary, but moved to Vienna, Austria, when he was just four weeks old. He wrote Bambi in 1923. It was translated into English in 1928 and became a Book-of-the-Month Club success. Two years after Adolf Hitler banned Salten’s books in 1936, Salten moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Maja Dusíková was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, and now lives in Florence, Italy. One of the most celebrated illustrators in Europe, she has a pet rabbit named Cici that runs under her table while she paints and doesn’t like carrots.  She has illustrated some of NorthSouth's bestselling picture books, including The Advent Storybook and Heidi.

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That evening when Bambi and his mother were playing tag in the meadow, his mother saw her friend the hare and introduced him to Bambi.

"Good evening, young man," said Hare politely.

Bambi thought the hare's long spoonlike ears, which at times stood bolt upright and at others fell back limply as though they had suddenly grown weak, were funny. Bambi had to laugh.

The hare laughed quickly too, but then his eyes grew more thoughtful. To Bambi's surprise he suddenly sat straight up on his hind legs and said to Bambi's mother, "What a charming young prince. I sincerely congratulate you. Yes, indeed, he'll make a splendid prince in time." And with that, the hare excused himself -- "I have all kinds of things to do tonight" -- and hopped off, ears back, so they touched his shoulders.

Copyright 1928 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Copyright renewed 1956 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Storybook adaptation copyright c 1999 by Janet Schulman

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    I hope i will like this because ilike the movie and the movie makes me cry

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    Posted December 30, 2012

    Good book!!!

    I'm enjoying it Bambi is so cute !!!

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    A Wonderful Story

    This was my favorite childhood storybook. I have the worn out edition that was often read to me. It has since been replaced with a newer one but this last purchase was for our first great grandchild so that she will have a copy to be read to her. It is truly a time honored story and will never grow old.

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