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Bambi   By: (1876-1920)

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Bambi, written by Marjorie Benton Cooke, is a delightful and heartwarming story set in the early 1900s. The book revolves around the life of the young protagonist Bambi, a spirited and adventurous girl who grows up in a small town in America.

One of the most captivating aspects of this novel is the way in which the author beautifully captures the essence of a bygone era. Cooke expertly paints a vivid picture of the setting, transporting readers to a time of simplicity and genuine human connections. Through her detailed descriptions, the author allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the charming world of Bambi and her friends.

Furthermore, the characterization in this novel is exceptional. Bambi is a relatable and endearing protagonist, depicting the struggles and triumphs of adolescence. The author skillfully explores the dynamics of friendships and the complexities of family bonds, providing readers with a deeper understanding of human relationships.

The plot of Bambi is engaging and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Cooke masterfully weaves together various storylines, keeping readers hooked from start to finish. Whether it is Bambi's yearning for adventure or her determination to stand up for what she believes in, the narrative is filled with moments that tug at the heartstrings and leave a lasting impact.

Moreover, the themes explored in this book are both timeless and relevant. Bambi's journey towards self-discovery is intertwined with important lessons of resilience, empathy, and the power of one's voice. The book subtly delves into societal issues of that era, shedding light on the challenges faced by women and the importance of breaking free from societal norms.

One minor critique of the book is that there are moments where the pacing feels slightly uneven. Some parts of the story drag on, while others seem to rush by too quickly. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Bambi by Marjorie Benton Cooke is a truly enchanting tale that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Through compelling characters, a charming setting, and thought-provoking themes, the author creates a mesmerizing world that leaves a lasting impact. This book is a must-read for those seeking a heartfelt and nostalgic story that will transport them to a simpler time.

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by Marjorie Benton Cooke

Illustrated by Mary Greene Blumenschein

Originally Published in 1914



With thanks to her for being Herself!



She saw Jarvis before the curtain, making a first night speech.

Bambi fluttered the joy bringing letter above her head and circled the breakfast room in a whirl of happiness.

"Good evening, Mrs. New York, and all you people out there! We're here, Jarvis and I."

"Well, believe me, that high brow stuff is on the toboggan."

"Tell your husband to put you in a play, and I'll put it on." "Much obliged, I'll tell him. Good morning."

Her tale had the place of honour and was illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg, the supreme desire of every young writer.

"Softlings! Poor softlings!" Jarvis muttered, Bambi's words coming back to him.

"I have got to do something violent, Ardelia. I am going to jerk the stems off of berries, chop the pits out of cherries, and skin peaches."

He taught himself to abandon his old introspective habits during these days on the box.



"Professor James Parkhurst, I consider you a colossal failure as an educator," said Francesca, his daughter, known to friend and family as Bambina, or Bambi for short.

Professor Parkhurst lifted a startled face from his newspaper and surveyed his only child across the breakfast table... Continue reading book >>

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