Bambi has been on my TBR for ever! I think it has been about 2 years now. I was so hesitant to pick it up because I thought it wouldn’t be very interesting, especially since I have already seen the movie. However, I was totally wrong and it has become one of my favorites!
It’s a beautiful story that really took me back to my childhood. The characters are lovely, the world-building is spot-on, and the writing is beautiful. I highly recommend giving this one a try.
Bambi was such a fun read for me and really brought me back to all the times I watched the Disney version. I was surprised how different it was and though I didn’t like it more than the movie, I liked both the book and the movie for different reasons and thought they were both really good.
The plot of Bambi does move rather slowly, but I was interested in the story the entire time because Salten does such a fantastic job exploring the forest and making you realize exactly what it must be like to live there. His descriptions were spot on and spectacular, I really felt as if I was right there alongside Bambi and his mother.
Only because I had seen the movie could I predict the ending. I don’t think the story is really predictable because it could go either way, Bambi could have ended up dying during multiple parts of the book, or he could become Prince. While reading you just never knew if he was actually going to make it, though you hoped he would.
It was an easy read for me, but because it does move somewhat slow and there are only a few high action scenes that would interest younger children, I believe that this story would be a great one to read aloud or for children who prefer this type of story.
Felix Salten does a great job developing his world, although we pretty much already know what a forest looks and sounds like. He takes it further and allows you to understand what it is like for the animals during different seasons and goes as far as personifying the leaves of trees! You are easily able to picture what the animals are going through and what everything looks like, but also how it smells and feels to be there.
Salten does a fantastic job with his characters, Bambi in particular. The beginning of the novel showed how immature and young Bambi was. He does this through dialogue as well as through Bambi’s movements. As the story progresses you can really see how old he is becoming as his speech changes and he has more slow, graceful, alert movements. The change really is quite apparent!
I also want to mention that the author does a fantastic job with Bambi’s father, whom you see quite a bit in the book, unlike in the movie. It is easy to see how respected the Prince of the Forest is, as well as how knowledgeable; he is actually quite feared by many. It is really neat to be able to see where Bambi will be one day because you know that he will probably become just like his father, which is hard to see during the first half of the book. I mean Bambi was just so lively I couldn’t believe he would become anything like his father.
Although there is no skunk in the story there is an owl and a hare though they don’t play a big role in the story. It mainly focuses on Bambi and his immediate family: his mother, father, aunt, and cousins. Bambi doesn’t actually have many friends in the story and instead has more acquaintances.
The writing is so amazing! Salten really has a way with words and is so easily able to transport you right into the story! The descriptions were just incredible.
The cover is okay, but not what I would want. It is cute and well illustrated, but it just doesn’t have that eye-catching, shelf appeal that we want our books to have.