Bambi's Children
Bambi's Children, The Story of a Forest Family, originally titled Bambis Kinder, eine Familie im Walde, is a German
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 Children's novel
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 written by Felix Salten
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 as a sequel to his successful work Bambi, A Life in the Woods
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. The sequel follows the lives of the deer Bambi's twin fawns as they grow from fawns through adulthood. Salten wrote the sequel while living in exile in Switzerland
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 after being forced to flee Nazi occupied Austria
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 as he was of Jewish heritage. Originally written in German, the novel was first published in English
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 in the United States
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 in 1939 by Bobbs-Merrill. It was not published in Germany until the following year. Its language is gentler than that of Bambi, A Life in the Woods.

Plot introduction

Twin fawns, Geno and Gurri learn the pleasures as well as downsides of nature and their forest home, as their mother Faline raises them to adulthood. Their father, Bambi, watches over them and, at times, takes care of them while their mother is busy. During their lives, they interact with Lana and Boso, twin fawns of their Aunt Rolla, and the orphaned siblings Nello and Membo. The deer also interact with a variety of humans including hunters seeking to kill them and forest rangers wishing to protect them.

Further reading

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