Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family

Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family

by Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Meet the new fawns in the forest: the descendants of Bambi discover the woods in this refreshed edition of the sequel to Bambi, complete with new illustrations.

Twin fawns Geno and Gurri are the children of Faline and Bambi. The pair must grow up and navigate the world of the woods with the help of their mother and Bambi, the new Prince of the Forest.

Overview

Meet the new fawns in the forest: the descendants of Bambi discover the woods in this refreshed edition of the sequel to Bambi, complete with new illustrations.

Twin fawns Geno and Gurri are the children of Faline and Bambi. The pair must grow up and navigate the world of the woods with the help of their mother and Bambi, the new Prince of the Forest.

But for young fawns, the wild can be dangerous. Gurri is injured by a fox and has a run-in with the most dangerous of creatures: man. Geno is challenged by rival deer and worries about the impending fight. But when the family begins to fall apart, it is the familiar presence of Bambi who tries to set it right again.

This beautiful repackage of the sequel to the beloved classic Bambi, tells the story of a forest family and the struggles of growing up. Complete with brand new illustrations from artist Richard Cowdrey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family, is an Aladdin repackaging of the classic coming-of-age sequel to Bambi, A Life in the Woods, originally written in German by Felix Salten while living in exile in Switzerland and first illustrated by Ema Pinner. First published in 1939, the gentle story of two “single-parent” families coming together while Bambi, the father, is off protecting the forest parallels the concerns of children whose parents are in service, or separated, or traveling for business. Faline and Bambi’s twin fawns, Geno and Gurri, grow up with an omniscient father who is well-respected throughout the forest but must learn to fend for themselves. Faline’s friend Rolla’s husband was killed by man and his “thunderstick,” an ever present danger in the woods. The relationship of deer to their fellow forest-dwellers and to man fills this touching and deceptively insightful book. The poignant ending, in which Faline tells the children that her task is finished and they must go off on their own, will bolster young readers and melt the hearts of parents in this tale that stands the test of time. Although the fist edition was published 75 years ago, the emotions remain the same. Richard Cowdrey’s woodcut illustrations and owl chapter heading illustrations are in sharp contrast to his soft, color jacket illustration of young mother Faline and her two fawns, yet aptly reflects the tension felt throughout this special book. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442487475
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
02/18/2014
Series:
Bambi's Classic Animal Tales
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
360,064
File size:
13 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Bambi’s Children


  • THE DARKNESS TOWARD THE EAST was thinning now. Still the owl’s cry drifted down the pathways of the forest, pale stars glimmered in the farthest gloom; but fox and marten paused from hunting, belly-deep in mist, and sniffed the coming dawn.

    Trees, unwilling to awake, turned restless leaves; the birds that roosted in their branches opened round and sleepy eyes. A twig snapped suddenly.

    “Who’s that?” a startled magpie cried. “Who’s that moving there?”

    Her mate drew a sleepy head from under his wing.

    “No one! Who could it be?” he chided her crossly. “Just worry, worry, worry, and it’s hardly dawn . . . !”

    “We heard it, too, we did! There’s surely something coming!” the tomtits in the bushes whispered fearfully.

    A blackbird tried a fluty note. A jay, inquisitive and unafraid, screeched cheerfully:

    “It’s Faline, the roe-deer! Faline and her children!”

    Crows came flapping from their nests.

    “Faline!” they echoed disapprovingly. “She spoils her children. They have their own way in everything. Disgraceful!”

    Faline turned her quiet brown eyes upward to the treetops.

    “You see, Geno,” she said, “what they think of me? Now, be a good boy and stop whining.”

    “But I’m tired. I want to lie down,” Geno complained.

    “He’s not a bit tired!” His sister Gurri trotted close to her mother’s red-brown flanks. “It’s just because I ran faster than he did when I played his stupid old game. He’s an old sorehead!”

    “I’m not a sorehead, and you can’t run as fast as I can! You’re just a girl, that’s all you are . . . !”

    “I’d like to know what that’s got to do with it!” Gurri tossed her head and a shower of dewdrops fell gleaming from a low-hanging bush.

    “Children!” Faline remonstrated soothingly.

    “Well, Mother, if he wasn’t such a spoilsport! Boso and Lana wanted to go on playing, but he,” she mimicked him disparagingly, “he was so tired!”

    Angrily Geno drummed his small hoofs on the winding path.

    “You’ll see! I won’t show you any more games!”

    “All right, I’ll make up my own!”

    “You will!”

    “All right, Boso will! He’s cleverer than you are and he’s nice!”

    The crows flew away with great flapping of black wings.

    “You see? What did we tell you!” they croaked scornfully. “Just listen to those children!”

    “Nasty black things!” Geno scoffed. “If my father, Bambi, were here, he’d show you!”

    “Ho, ho, ho!” chortled the crows. “Teach him manners, Faline!”

    A woodpecker paused in his drumming at an old oak tree.

    “That’s it, Faline,” he cried shrilly; “otherwise he’ll have no friends when he needs them.”

    “The woodpecker’s giving good advice,” Faline told her son; but Geno interrupted her. He leaped away from the path-side, jostling his sister.

    “Something’s coming through the bushes!” Black nostrils trembled; ears peaked toward the sound.

    Faline regarded him placidly. “It’s only the polecat,” she told him. “He won’t hurt you. Don’t be frightened.”

    “The polecat smells awful!” Gurri shied a little, nostrils closed.

    “That’s how he protects himself. It’s good protection. He doesn’t have to run fast, or to watch forever, even in the most dangerous place.”

  • Meet the Author

    Felix Salten (1869–1945) was an Austrian author and critic in Vienna. His most famous work is Bambi.
    Richard Cowdrey has illustrated many books, including Bambi, The Christmas Baby, and the #1 New York Times bestselling Bad Dog, Marley! He lives in Gambier, Ohio.

    Customer Reviews

    Average Review:

    Write a Review

    and post it to your social network

         

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    See all customer reviews >