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Bambi Grows Up (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) Hardcover – 1979
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1979 - Random House - Hardcover - Disney's Bambi Grows Up - VG Condition - Inside clean, bright, spine solid, pages tight, no tears - Library stamp & marks inside cover - Classic Disney - Collectible - Elementary Reader
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The book is a bunch more educational than some of the other Disney books while showing the little fawn not only learning about the seasons but also how to count and the names of those around him. He also gets to learn about man although they show man in the book, which we never actually saw in the movie.
My main concern was the fact that all of a sudden Flower changed genders. Although the little skunk was kind of questionable in the Disney movie it was always my impression that Flower was a male but in the book he is a she and there are little skunklings. So not happy with this conclusion.
If you want to introduce your child to Bambi instead of watching the movie I would suggest this book if you are against the scary and/or sad parts of the movie. Otherwise steer clear for this is just slightly silly for a Bambi fan.
The book progresses through the story of Bambi's life by using the seasons as the connection element. Thus, it begins with Spring and Thumper running to tell Owl and the rest of the critter friends that the young prince has been born. They all then rush over to see the little fawn who hasn't yet even gotten either a name, nor his legs beneath him.
Summer arrives next and we find Bambi stronger and very curious about his world. He asks questions about things such as what names of various creatures and plants are. This is also the time when he meets Flower the skunk and Faline, his female counterpart.
The seasons change again, and like children, Bambi is now more competent. He and his mother see the Great Prince of the Forest who is Bambi's father. Because it is Fall, Bambi is also introduced to hunters, although they only frighten the deer.
Bambi and Thumper have fun in the winter snow and on the frozen pond, and then Spring comes again. Flower and Mrs. Quail are shown with their new families. Bambi has antlers now and he is shown vying for Faline's attention with Ronno -- a rival male deer. Furious that Ronno is in HIS forest, Bambi charges, strikes Runno with his hooves and pushes him into the pond.
The story ends with the Great Prince proudly watching over his son, as Bambi and Faline move into a grassy clearing.
Unlike so many other Disney books this one has a great deal to discuss. Not only is there a story, but you can talk about the seasons, and how springtime brings not only new life to the trees but to the lives of the little animals.
Four Stars. Good Read-aloud. Good artwork. A solid story told in a manner that young children can understand. The book provides a setting in which to discuss seasonal changes, etc.