Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Bambi is born in a thicket in the woods. While he is still an awkward young fawn, his mother teaches him that he is a deer. He learns that deer do not kill other animals nor do they fight over food as jaybirds do. He learns, too, that deer should venture from their hiding places to go to the meadow only in the early morning and late in the evening and that they must rely on the rustle of last year’s dead leaves to give them warning of approaching danger. On his first visit to the meadow, Bambi has a conversation with a grasshopper and a close look at a butterfly.
One evening Bambi and his mother go to the meadow again. On his second visit, he is introduced to the hare, an animal with big, soft eyes and flopping ears. Bambi is not impressed. The little deer is considerably happier to meet his cousins, Gob and Famine, and their mother, End. The two families are about to separate when two stags with spreading antlers on their heads come crashing out of the forest. Bambi’s mother explains that the larger, statelier stag is Bambi’s father.
As he grows older, Bambi learns the sounds and smells of the forest. Sometimes his mother goes off by herself. Missing her one day, Bambi starts out to look for her and comes upon his cousins in the meadow. Famine suggests that both their mothers might have gone to visit their fathers. Bambi decides to continue his search by himself. As he stands at the edge of a clearing, he sees a creature he never saw...
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