Bambi's First Day (Sleeping Bear Classics Series)

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"He came into the world in the middle of the thicket, in one of those little, hidden forest glades which seem to be entirely open but are really screened in on all sides." So begins one of the most beloved nature stories. Felix Salten wrote Bambi: A Life in the Woods in 1923.It was translated into English in 1928, becoming a Book-of-the-Month Club hit. Though not originally written for children, the film rights were sold to the Walt Disney studios and the animated movie was released in 1942. Taken directly from the first chapter of Salten's
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"He came into the world in the middle of the thicket, in one of those little, hidden forest glades which seem to be entirely open but are really screened in on all sides." So begins one of the most beloved nature stories. Felix Salten wrote Bambi: A Life in the Woods in 1923.It was translated into English in 1928, becoming a Book-of-the-Month Club hit. Though not originally written for children, the film rights were sold to the Walt Disney studios and the animated movie was released in 1942. Taken directly from the first chapter of Salten's original tale, Bambi's First Day depicts the early moments of the fawn's life in the safety of a forest glen and the shelter of his mother's embrace. Lush oil paintings by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen showcase the beauty of the natural world and tenderly bring to life the heartfelt devotion and love of a mother for her child.Felix Salten is the pen name for Austrian writer Siegmund Salzmann who wrote short stories, plays, novels, and essay collections. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear; Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot; Friend on Freedom River; and his popular Hazel Ridge Farm stories. Gijsbert lives in Bath, Michigan, with his wife, Robbyn. They both travel to schools in the Great Lakes area.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Originally written in 1923 and translated into English in 1928, the text here is taken from the first chapter of Bambi: A Life in the Woods, the basis of Walt Disney's Bambi, released in 1942. Salten's anthropomorphized animals are easily recognizable as those we have come to know from the familiar movie. But the realistic drawings representing the magpie, the jay and especially Bambi and his mother are more true to life, and when Bambi's mother raises her head to listen for danger, it is as if you are able to see right into the thicket and view a real deer in the wild. The illustrations are beautifully drawn, each covering every inch of space in the two-page spreads throughout the book. The dense green of the forest is shown in various shades as the light changes through the day. The text is somewhat stilted, considering it was written almost a century ago. The uncomplicated story combined with the skillful illustrations make this a book that preschoolers will love. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal

PreS-K- Bambi, the fawn made popular by Disney's animated movie in 1942, experiences his first day of life in this picture book. Unfazed by the hustle and bustle of the forest, a doe cleans and nuzzles her new son as he slowly awakens to experience his new life. Realistic images of deer rendered in burnt orange oil paints contrast nicely with the green, sun-dappled foliage of the forest. Illustrations vary little from one spread to the next and seem to portray Bambi and his mother in a state of suspended animation. The text, taken directly from the original English translation of Salten's novel Bambi, ein Leben im Walde (Bambi: A Life in the Woods ), proves rich and intricate. Indeed, readers will find their tongues tripping over sentences such as, "The whole forest resounded with myriad voices, was penetrated by them in a joyous agitation." Moreover, the subject matter-the tender bonding moment directly following childbirth-is more apt to be appreciated by new mothers than by children. Aside from Bambi aficionados, this book may have trouble finding a suitable audience.-Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364220
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Picture Book Classics
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,054,851
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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