ISBN: 0753454947
ISBN 13: 9780753454947
By: Johanna Spyri

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"What happens when a little orphan girl is forced to live with her cold and frightening grandfather? The heartwarming answer has engaged children for more than a century, both on the page and on the screen. Johanna Spyri’s beloved story offers youngsters an endearing and intelligent heroine, a cast of unique and memorable characters, and a fascinating portrait of a small Alpine village."

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Since I was named after this book, I felt I had a special relationship with it from the beginning, and thank God I found it to be a really good book. I love the following comment from another goodreads reader: "Thanks to all the bowdlerized, Disneyfied stupidifications it's been through, poor old Heidi's story gets a bum rap. In fact, Heidi is no sap, and more to the point, her friend Clara with the wheelchair is no timid Victorian dying violet." In fact, Johanna Spyri, for all her occasional proselytizing, had a clear and unsentimental view of people, witness her honest portrayal of Peter and his shortcomings, as well as of the grandfather's positives and negatives, etc. This is what makes the book so richly and honestly rewarding. One irritant for me has always been that many people mention the "sequels" in the same breath with the novel, when they (the sequels) have no more relationship to the original book than a gnat has to a... I don't know, swan? In these sequels, by another author, Heidi is often portrayed as a blonde teenager with braids (the real Heidi had short curly dark hair and eyes) and Peter, who was basically coarse and illiterate (if devoted) becomes her boyfriend!! In the actual book Peter, although three years older or so than Heidi, is deeply attached to her because he recognizes her specialness, but Heidi is never more than casually fond of him in the way you are fond of childhood friends, and no serious fan of the original book could ever believe that they would ever end up together. This is part of the Disneyfication the other reader speaks of, the same quality that transformed Mary Poppins, a tart, borderline unpleasant nanny, into a sappy Julie Andrews character who trills about spoonfuls of sugar and warbles with cartoon birds.

John Yelverton

Such a sweet story, and one that the whole family will love to read together.

Edward Flaherty

First of all, I will clarify that I am a fan of the Swiss Alps, Berner Oberland, and a fan of landscape--those are the lenses through which I read Heidi by Johanna Spyri.This is a story about family and small mountain communities in the Swiss Alp landscape--how family copes with hardship within the family; and how family lives with the hardship in the Swiss Alp landscape.In the end, I read this story as the simple things of life in the Alps, along with loving care by family and community members is a healthy and healing way of life for humans. Heidi lives the Alps as if she was singing the hills are alive with the sound of music.I ask myself: what is that? What is Spyri writing about…is it something mystical in the Alps? And if you divorce the famous melody and images of the words, the hills are alive with the sound of music…how can hills be alive…how can music be alive…I think there is something magical--for want of a better word--that people pick up on in these mountains. What is it?Visit them yourself and be.Now, I am a city person, always have been, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, LA…and others. I get energy from the landscape and that is usually landscape outside of cities. I have no romantic fantasy of the landscape described by Johanna Spyri…I only have to get within 10 meters of a goat and the smell makes my stomach wretch…always has, still does. But goats aside, the Alps, that is, the pasture fields at altitude in Switzerland, Germanic Switzerland…they have something revitalizing that I just can't put words to!

Elizabeth Moffat

I absolutely loved this book as a child, and was intrigued to see whether re-visiting it as an adult would alter any of my opinions. The story begins when our heroine Heidi is sent to live in the Swiss mountains with her grandfather who has built up a reputation for himself as being a bit of a reclusive and bad-tempered ogre. Heidi is headstrong, full of energy, and finds beauty in everything she sees, quickly falling head over heels in love with her new surroundings and her surly grandfather who begins to adore her in return. She has no qualms about speaking her mind, and her innocent remarks and retorts made me smile on a few occasions.Just when things are going swimmingly on the mountain, and Heidi has made firm friends with a young goatherd called Peter and his blind grandmother (who obviously both adore her, Heidi can do no wrong!), her Aunt takes her away to become a companion to a young invalid called Clara who lives in Frankfurt. She becomes dreadfully homesick for her mountain home, and is eventually sent back when her sadness becomes too much and she starts sleepwalking, giving the residents of the house a terrible fright, them supposing her to be a ghostly visitor. Her new friend Clara comes to visit her for a holiday and then a miracle occurs….I was happy to realise that I still loved this book as an adult. Heidi is such an adorable character that you can’t help warming to, and the development of a relationship between her and the terrifying grandfather is still as heart-warming for me as it was 25 years ago. It was also wonderful to remember episodes that I had forgotten, such as when she decides to give a present of a number of kittens for her new friend Clara much to the anger of Frau Rottenmeier (aptly named), also the jealousy and consequences of Peter’s jealousy over Heidi’s new playmate – which actually turns out to be a beneficial thing in the end as it triggers the start of the “miracle.”What I didn’t realise on re-reading this novel, was the key part that religion played in the story. As an agnostic, I don’t mind a bit of religion, and sometimes it can add interest to events, but at times it felt a bit preachy and unnecessary. Not that it spoiled my enjoyment at any level, and I still highly recommend it as a classic example of great children’s literature, but has slightly lowered my rating as a result.Please see my full review at http://www.bibliobeth.wordpress.com

duniamimpigie duniamimpigie

Satu hal kunci buku ini: DESKRIPSI. Ah, baca ini benar-benar "zina mata" (istilah yang digunakan grup penulis fantasi LCDP dalam memuji deskripsi dunia yang epik) bagi saya!!! Saya jadi pengen jalan-jalan keliling Eropa, melihat pegunungan hijau yang dingin, dengan padang rumput dan bunga-bunga kecil beterbangan tertiup angin dari lereng.#ngayalBuku ini sukses membawa saya berkelana dengan deskripsinya yang kuat. Sial, saya jadi iri sama pengarangna!Sayangnya, saya tidak menemukan konflik yang menggugah di cerita ini. Malah mengingatkan saya akan cerita yang sudah lebih dulu saya baca: The Secret Garden.

Dhanaraj Rajan

I cried a lot out of happiness reading this book....................The tears flowed out of my eyes without me noticing them...........The story begins well and is lively and after certain chapters (after the first half, to be precise), the novel contains only pure and innocent happiness. Each chapter in the second half gets better and the happiness begins and flows through the chapters making the reader very sentimental and longing for such lovely landscapes, friendships, relationships, and happiness.I do not want to say anything about the plot. I just only want to make some observations.This is a lovely book for the kids and as well as for the adults.For Kids:It will teach them first and foremost that Love is the foundation for happiness of man.It will teach them to establish lovely relationships. It will teach them to love all.It will teach them to love the landscapes, the environments and the animals.It will teach them to pray.It will give them much to cheer about.For Adults:It will speak to them of forgiveness.It will speak to them of the vanity of riches, or rather it will teach them the right usage of riches.It will teach them to appreciate the richness of relationships and the expansive nature.It will take them to their innocent childhood memories.It will give them much to cheer about.Final Note:It is a fact that nothing much is known about the author of HEIDI, Johanna Spyri. I her lifetime when she was asked to write her autobiography, she replied thus: "The external path of my life is very simple, and there is nothing special to be mentioned. My inner life was full of storms, but who can describe it?"And even if a star is very far and its details are hard to get by, still its shining splendor is more than enough for our limited vision. J. Spyri will always be remembered as the author of HEIDI and that is the greatest recognition. Thank you Johanna Spyri for giving us HEIDI.

Anthea Gupta

This was always one of my favorites as a child and I still enjoy it (and the sequels, though they are not by Johanna Spyri). It engages with what constitutes good treatment of children.

Charlotte Smith

Heidi is the first non- school book that I chose from my parent’s library and read unprompted when I was 9 years old. I remember curling up on a beanbag in my room and instantly falling in love with the characters and magic that leaped at me page after page. I sat reading all day until I had finished the whole book and from then on I became an absolute book worm! This book is about a young girl called Heidi who is sent to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps by her Aunt. Her grandfather is a grumpy social hermit and at first he is not keen on having Heidi live with him, however, he grows to love Heidi and her positive outlook on life and her love of living in the mountains. Heidi grows strong in the mountains and befriends and charms everyone she meets especially Peter and his blind grandmother.Despite the happy family life they establish, Heidi’s Aunt returns and takes her away to Germany where she leaves Heidi to be a companion for a young disabled girl called Clara. Heidi and Clara become great friends and Heidi once again charms everyone in Clara’s household with her innocence and determination to make everyone happy. Despite this Clara recognises how homesick Heidi is for her grandfather and the mountains. Clara insists that Heidi be taken home for her health. The grandfather is pleased to have her home and he regains his faith in God.Clara visits the mountains with her grandmother to spend a few days with Heidi, however, Peter is jealous that Heidi has a new friend and in a jealous rage he pushes Clara’s wheelchair down the mountain. Clara attempts to walk without her wheelchair and manages to successfully. All believe a miracle occurred and Clara’s family promise to the grandfather to always look after Heidi should anything happen to himI love this book so much. It is filled with innocent ideals that anything is possible through friendship and love. I would definitely recommend the book to children in year 4 and 5.


This book was never really my cup of tea. In this case I prefer coffee...

Merit Adel

قصة رائعة جدا خلصتها كلها في قعدة واحدة تستحق انها تتقري كذا مرة ونحكيها للاطفال في مدارس الاحد شخصية هايدي جميلة جدا تهتم بحواليها قبل نفسهاعجبني الكوخ اللي كانت عايشة فيه وحواليها الجبل والزرع والمعز بيئة جميلة وناس طيبين


When I was 14, I ran away from home and lived in various places for a year. Fortunately, I had a family that made sure it wasn't on the street, but I was no less lonely or frightened with a roof over my head. I wasn't raised in any particular faith either - probably not for lack of trying (I remember going to church, just not liking it much or being made to keep going) - and somehow I found a great deal of strength and comfort in this book. Not the 'outdoor-wholesome' thing, but in the Grandmother's description of prayer and surrender. It describes a simple relationship with a father-god who loves me no matter what, and provides a simple, direct route to his lap whenever I need it.

Samar Salah

إِنَّ للهَ يُصْلِحُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ بِحَيْثُ لَا يَكُونُ ثَمَّةَ دَاعٍلِلْقَلَقِ. فَكُلُّ شَيْءٍ سَيَكُونُ عَلَى مَا يُرَامُ فِي النِّهَاية

Colleen Stone

Not so much a review as a reflection...I read this book as a child and really must revisit it again soon. But what has stayed with me over the years is the cheese that Heidi and her grandfather toasted over an open fire on toasting forks. It sounded impossible and delicious at the same time. My exposure to cheese at the time was limited to Kraft Cheddar Processed Cheese. These days I wouldn't classify it as real cheese. It certainly would not have survived the toasting process! Fast forward many years to a celebration/party with French/Swiss friends. We were instructed to bring our favourite pickles to add to the table. There was an open fire in the hearth and a substantial slab of Raclette cheese cut from a large wheel. It was resting on a board and angled towards the fire. The surface of the slab was melted and bubbling slightly. It smelt fantastic. Our host used a knife to remove the toasted section of the cheese to a plate to which we added generous helpings of breads and pickles. Washed down with kirsch, this was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had the fortune to eat. The musical accompaniment to the evening was provided by our host on his piano accordion.I had known all along that Heidi was onto a good thing and it proved to be well worth the waiting for.

Lisa Vegan

I reread this story frequently as a girl. One of the most evocative and effectively descriptive books I’ve ever read. A wonderful story about a young girl who goes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Loved the side story that takes place in town away from her grandfather as well. I always craved cheese and bread as I read the story, and there was nothing more satisfying than curling up with Heidi and some cheese & bread. When young, I didn’t understand that the goat cheese described in the book was different from the cow’s milk cheese I ate. (Now that I’m a long term vegan, I would no longer crave any animal procured cheese, but I think I’d still enjoy the story.) A worthy children’s classic. The sequels: Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children were written by a different author – the original author’s translator. I enjoyed them, but they were not as pleasurable to read as Heidi.

Vu K

Cô bé Heidi mới 8 tuổi như một thiên thần.Nếu nghe mọi người kể thì ông nội của em, được gọi là Bác Alm, là một kẻ ghét đời, sống xa lánh mọi người, nhưng khi được dì đưa đến sống với ông thì ngay từ phút đầu tiên em đã chinh phục được ông bằng tính tình hồn nhiên trong trẻo của mình. Em cũng nhanh chóng kết bạn với cậu bé chăn dê Peter, và được sống giữa thiên nhiên suốt mùa hè. Em còn khiến được ông nội đưa em xuống núi đến chơi nhà Peter và người bà mù lòa của Peter chỉ còn mỗi việc là mong ngóng Heidi đến chơi nhà hàng ngày.

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