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Heidi (1880)

by Johanna Spyri

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"One must wait patiently, for God knows how to turn the saddest things to something happy in the end. God will show us what He has meant to do for us. But He will only do so if we pray to Him patiently."

Wonderful story that I enjoyed rereading. One of the first books I remember as a child. ( )
  TammyLeeBradley | Oct 6, 2017 |
A classic ... that I've never read until now. Excellent story. ( )
  deldevries | Sep 23, 2017 |
The orphan child Heidi first lives with her aunt Dete, but Dete would like to concentrate on her career. So she brings Heidi to her grandfather, a queer old man living in an alpine cottage far from the next village. He is good-hearted but mistrusts everybody and wants to keep the child from all evils of the world. So he refuses to send Heidi to school; instead she goes to the pastures, together with Peter, a shepherd boy looking after the goats. This apine idyll finds a sudden end when aunt Dete comes in again and brings Heidi to Frankfurt where she shall stay with Clara, the paralyzed daughter of a rich family, and learn something.
Thanks to the grandmother of Clara, Heidi learns to read but she can't get acquainted to the strict discipline in a bourgeois upper class house. She is very lonesome and gets depressed by the gray anonymous city. Heidi becomes ill of homesickness, she starts to walk in her sleep. Miss Rottenmeier is alarmed, not because of the fate of the poor child, but rather because she thinks that there are ghosts in the old house. Finally Clara's father Herr Stresemann and the sympathetic doctor of the family decide to stay up till midnight and find out about the ghosts. When the doctor sees Heidi walking around in her sleep, he finds the right diagnosis and sends her back to the alps.
Next summer, Clara visits Heidi there. They go to the pastures and Heidi shows Clara all the beauty of her world. Peter gets terribly jealous, and in a moment when he feels unobserved, he pushes the empty wheelchair down to the valley so it gets smashed. Clara wants to see the flowers and is forced to walk - and her desire is strong enough that she overcomes her handicap. ( )
  LynneQuan | Sep 16, 2017 |
It's sweet—makes everything seem like it will work out for the best if you're a good person. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
It's sweet—makes everything seem like it will work out for the best if you're a good person. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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Spyri, Johannaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, AnneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blickenstaff, WayneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cleary, BeverlyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, Vincent O.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gallagher, TeresaReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, EileenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mill, EleanorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A path leads from the cheerful old market town of Mayenfeld through green and wooded fields to the very foot of the mountains whose tall slopes gaze sternly down on the valley.
From the pleasantly situated old town of Maienfeld a footpath leads up through shady green meadows to the foot of the mountains, which, as they gaze down on the valley, present a solemn and majestic picture. [1945 edition/printing]
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Please do not combine with any adapted editions. Combine all complete and unabridged editions here; do not separate an edition because of cover or publisher.
The book that is published in English as Heidi was published in Switzerland as two separate books: Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre and Heidi kann brauchen, was es gelernt hat. Please do not combine any single German volumes with the English volume.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0517189674, Hardcover)

Johanna Spyri's classic story of a young orphan sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps is retold in it's entirety in this beautifully bound hardcover edition. Heidi has charmed and intrigued readers since it's original publication in 1880. Much more than a children's story, the narrative is also a lesson on the precarious nature of freedom, a luxury too often taken for granted. Heidi almost loses her liberty as she is ripped away from the tranquility of the mountains to tend to a sick cousin in the city. Happily, all's well that ends well, and the reader is left with only warm, fuzzy thoughts. Spryi's story will never grow wearisome--and this is a very appealing edition. --Naomi Gesinger

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An abridged version of Johanna Spyri's classic story of a Swiss orphan who is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014132256X, 0141809078

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