Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they compete for our attention with us often favoring one over the other as the better medium. And yet more often then we are at times aware, the two are closely connected and even inspire and compliment one another. With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 have decided for this month’s book reviews to focus on children’s books that were the inspiration for movies. Please note, we are not including movie sequels or any other types of adaptations (i.e. television series, stage productions, etc.) in the reviews below.
"Bambi: A Life in the Woods" by Felix Salten
Illustrated by: Richard Cowdrey
Film Adaptation: “Bambi”
Bambi’s life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with—Friend Hare, the chattery squirrel, the noisy screech owl and Bambi’s twin cousins, frail Gobo and beautiful Faline. But winter comes, and Bambi learns the woods hold danger—and things he doesn’t understand. Then there is Man. He comes to the forest with weapons that can wound an animal. But He can’t keep Bambi from growing into a handsome stag himself and becoming…the Prince of the Forest.