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Heidi (1880)

by Johanna Spyri

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Series: Heidi (1)

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A Swiss orphan 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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Heidi is a beloved children's classic - which is why I read it, as I would love to write books for children and young adults myself. But though this book clearly has its strengths - the power of the landscape prime among them - I don't think I'll ever want to write something as kitsch and naively innocent as this. Heidi herself is a bit too good to be true, and there seems to be nothing evil, dark, or even dirty in this world - a world in which God looms large, and good things come to those who pray, no matter how unlikely. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jan 31, 2024 |
Excellent read aloud ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
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  MamaBearLendingDen | Dec 11, 2023 |
Orphaned at an early age and taken in by her young aunt Dete, Heidi--short for Adelheid--is soon in the way. Dete has a new and better job where Heidi is not welcome, so the child must live with her curmudgeon of a grandfather high on the Alm Mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Everyone calls him the Alm-Uncle because he never comes down to the village, even in the coldest winter, and he's developed a reputation as an evil, godless old hermit. But Heidi soon finds that things are not always what others say they are, makes friends with the Alm-Uncle, and happily runs wild in the glorious mountains with the goat boy, Peter, and his goats.

Suddenly Dete appears again, and Heidi finds herself confined in a stone house in a stone city where she is expected to be companion to the invalid Klara. Dete sees this as a great opportunity for Heidi, one that will provide her with an education and polish. But, bitterly unhappy away from her grandfather and the outdoor life she has grown to love, Heidi at last makes her way back to the Alm. How Klara finally comes to the mountains as well, and the surprising events that follow, form the heartwarming ending to a story that has been loved for generations by children all over the world.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
Partway through it got rather preachy and God-heavy, which I did not enjoy. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
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Johanna Spyriprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anderson, AnneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blickenstaff, WayneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cassidy, FrancesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cheng, JudithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cleary, BeverlyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, Vincent O.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dole, Helen B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hall, EileenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, Deborahsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Johnstone, Anne GrahameIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mill, EleanorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Stork, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tritten, CharlesTranslatorsecondary 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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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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014132256X, 0141809078

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2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400102731, 1400108837

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