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Heidi (Kingfisher Classics) by Johanna Spyri

Heidi (Kingfisher Classics) (original 1880; edition 2002)

by Johanna Spyri

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.
Title:Heidi (Kingfisher Classics)
Authors:Johanna Spyri
Info:Kingfisher (2002), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:adventrous and sad

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Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1880)


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I have always loved classic children's literature and have read much of it. This particular book is one of my favorites and I think it is equally good when you it as an adult or as a child. The characters are engaging and realistic and the story draws you in. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Heidi é um daqueles livros que nos fazem retornar à infância e nos deixam um sorriso na cara mesmo até à última página. Pelo menos foi isso que se passou no meu caso.
Antes deste livro, o único contacto que tinha tido com Heidi era uma antiga cassette VHS que via vezes sem conta quando era pequena. Claro que só o essencial ficou na memória pelo que adorei ler o livro (que nem sabia que existia até o encontrar numa loja de antiguidades) e ficar a conhecer o universo mais alargado de lugares e personagens que rodeiam Heidi.

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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
What a charming book this is! Our titular character, Heidi, is an absolute delight! She has such a refreshing outlook on life, brings sunshine to the lives of everyone she knows, and has a way of thinking of others before herself.

The story begins with Heidi being dropped off at her grandfather’s house at the top of a high Alpine hill, a man she’s scarcely met, when her aunt who has raised her thus far leaves to take a job with a wealthy family. Heidi immediately takes to the mountain air, the Alpine flowers, her grandfather and his little cottage, and even the local goatherd boy and all of the goats. After a time of reveling in the freedom the outdoors provides her, Heidi is then taken by the same aunt to live with a different wealthy family, as a companion to their daughter. But Heidi longs for her Alpine home, her grandfather, and the friends she’s made on the hill. Nevertheless, Heidi is a true delight to her new friend Clara, even though the family’s home in town is much different from Heidi’s mountain home.

Full of joy, cheer, doing good for others, as well as delightful and awe-inspiring descriptions of the Swiss Alps and its flora and fauna, this story is a classic must for every family.

This edition of the book, from Barnes and Noble, is also quite lovely with gilded-edged covers, a lovely ribbon bookmark, and 11 beautiful illustrations.

While definitely highly recommended, I am rating this one as four stars rather than five, as, while thoroughly enjoyable, pleasant, and refreshing, it did pale a bit in complexity as compared to something like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, which is from roughly the same era of the late 1800’s.

Read this one with your little’s and perhaps they too, like Heidi, will charmingly “want to go about like the light-footed goats”. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
Classic about a Swiss child who grows up in the mountains. The electronic book I read, according to Goodreads, has 370 pages, but on my smart phone it takes 818 screens. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
It chronicles the life of Heidi, an orphan girl cared for by her grandfather in the Swiss Alps.

The story of Heidi was written over one hundred years ago, however, it is far from a period piece. In the Swiss Alps, where it is set, a hundred years is just the blink of an eye. We see in her the daughter that every mother dreams of having and every little girl dreams of being. Her presence makes us happy, and so her story has endured. This deluxe Children’s Classic edition is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, King Arthur and His Knights, Little Women, and The Secret Garden.
  Gmomaj | May 10, 2021 |
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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
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Cohen, Vincent O.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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