Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
Today’s Bookseller’s Breakfast features yellow – the yellow flowers I picked yesterday on the Offa’s Dyke Path, the yellow of a cream cheese pastry from our local Polish bakers, best served warm and stuffed with jam, the yellow mug … but most importantly two of my favourite children’s books.
Bambi and The Tall Book of Make-Believe. Bambi, as a story, got rather taken over by Disney, and is now a largely forgotten classic. It is a joy to read at all ages, one of the best accounts, alongside Jennie by Paul Gallico and of course Black Beauty, of life through an animal’s eyes. Like Babar it has special resonance for anyone who lost a mother when young.
The other book has been out of print too long and as a result commands massive prices. Beg, steal or borrow one of these and I promise you a week or two of pure delight – reading a chapter or verse a night to any child (also beg or borrow if you don’t have any at hand).This is the very best anthology of all time, perfectly balanced and perfectly illustrated by the great Garth Williams. It gives thrills and moments of pure magic and takes you in a series of wonderful journey before bedtime.