Bambi, that ""splendid stag"" and the late Salten's most famous creation, makes a cameo appearance in this reissue of a fifty-year-old and sadly archaic tale, presumably intended for children. ""We must watch and ward,"" intones Bambi, ""each after the fashion of his kind."" Hops and Plana (boy and girl rabbits) are the beneficiaries of this bonanza from the Great Bore of the Forest. But since they must contend with all the thunder from the guns of ""He,"" the winged and four-footed carnivores, and the blight of winter, they don't talk much deep stuff. Among the other creatures there's a poor captive bunny who withers away in a cage, and mistreated Iago, a worn-out hunting dog who tries to join his former victims. Between crises there are such interludes as: ""The clods sang, the trees sang, the tiniest blade of grass sang as it sprouted toward the light."" A Watership Updraft probably spurred this.