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."

Reader's Thoughts

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!


There's a reason this one is a classic. It teaches so many good things, and for that reason it is on my favorite list. Heidi learns to turn to God during times of trial. She learns that although our prayers aren't always answered exactly as we hope they will be at exactly the time we would like, God always knows what is best for us and often has something better in store. Her example of optimism and especially of selfless love is inspiring. After reading this I am craving a good outing into nature. The Alps sound absolutely irresistible as described by Spyri. It teaches the consequences when we do something wrong through Peter's story. Although the plot is a bit predictable, the good morals that are taught in this book completely outweigh that for me. I loved it and I hope my children read it someday.


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.


THE SUNDAY FAMILY READHeidi was one of my most read books as a child. I think our family owned it so I could just pick it up and read it whenever I wanted to. I remember being entranced by the fact that Heidi's aunt made her wear ALL her clothes so there would be nothing to carry on the journey to Grandfather. It was a hot spring day when Heidi made that first climb up the mountain to her grandfather's cabin. I felt sorry for her being so over-dressed but I knew right away that the aunt was a "bad person."As soon as they got to Grandfather, even though he was thought of as a "bad person," I could tell he was good. It only made the aunt more bad for leaving her niece with someone considered to be dangerous.There you have the wonder of Johanna Spyri's writing. She didn't come right out and say who was bad, good, or otherwise but showed these qualities by her storytelling. Her heavy religious message did not bother me as a child because it fit right in with what I had been taught. It didn't bother me during this rereading either, even when Clara's grandmother was clearly preaching Christian theology, because it is done with so much love and understanding while doing no one any harm.I did notice that the first half of the book is more interesting and exciting while the second half has more lessons, as it were, and gets a bit serious. It turns out that Ms Spyri wrote two books: Heidi's Years of Learning and Travel, then Heidi Make Use of What She Has Learned, later combined into one. Those titles hint at the shift in emphasis. I did always like the first half the most, but remember being so happy when everything turned out well for Heidi, Peter, Clara and all the grandparents. In any case, I loved it just as much as ever, I cried a few times, and was overjoyed to spend time with someone whom I once considered a friend.

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.


I never like the cartoon and I never really liked the story, even when I was a kid. But I like to read the original versions of all these well-known tales (e.g. Peter Pan, Pinocchio...).The book is even more terrible, from my grown-up point of view. Heidi is an illiterate orphan dropped by his grandfather, then picked up again to be delivered to some strangers, till she developed depression and she's allowed to go back to her home.I keep thinking about the Noble Savage concept: the girl is pure and spread joy around. She's empathic noble, ready to sacrifice herself in order to make other happy. She has no religious education whatsoever, but as soon as she's exposed to the concept of god she become a devoted person.This tale is just too happy, there's too much serendipity.

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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.


I never read this book as a kid. It sounded too girly. But it's a classic, so gave it a shot.It's a slower read, for normal juvenile lit--owing to the fact, I'm sure, that it was written more than 100 years ago. Compared to other things I've read from the same time period, the book is a page turner! And it's a page turner compared to most of the adult fare I read, too. But it's not a lightweight book in terms of wordiness, length, and descriptions.It does have a good dose of religion, but Spyri manages to not make it preachy-sounding. Clearly the book is written with a lesson for children, but it's also a fun story and the setting is breathtaking. Truly, I want to live in the cabin on the mountaintop!This is a Pollyanna story, and I dislike Pollyanna stories. Everything turns out perfectly for everyone, and Heidi never thinks about anything, she's just adorable. Heidi is like a drug that everyone is addicted to and can't get enough of. I imagined, in my head, a sequel that put Heidi, 5 or 10 years later, weighed down by the burden of having 7 people need her and not being able to meet everyone's needs. Get a life, people! There's only one Heidi Sunshine Ball!Having said all that, I also adore Heidi. Matter of fact, I'm addicted to my own real life Heidi: my youngest son. He brings happiness and sunshine where ever he goes. If I hadn't met my son, I wouldn't have thought it possible: no one is as happy and cheerful and life-giving as Heidi. But he is. And it's a beautiful thing.*update: I liked this book enough, I bought it.


I love this book! This is one of my favorite books of all times! The first time I read it I was a teenager, maybe 15. And I loved it even then. I could not stop reading it. Not exactly a book you would find a teen reading, but I was enthralled. Heidi totally won my heart!My second experience with this was through the movie with Shirley Temple, and again - I loved it! It is still today my favorite Shirley Temple movie (and I am a huge Shirley Temple fan!). I had always vowed to read this book again to see if I would still be in love with it.That brings me to today. For Christmas I received, from the hubby a sparkling new pretty pink iPod touch! I was so excited to start listening to Audio books! So I downloaded an app simply called "Audio Books" there are tons of free books available. I chose Heidi to be the first one to listen to.Yep, once again, it wowed me! I just love this sweet story of how this little Swiss girl brought sunshine into everyone's lives! If you have not yet read Heidi, or listened to - I highly recommend it!

Samar Salah

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

John Yelverton

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

Emily Beeson

I just finished reading Heidi aloud to the kids. What a sweet story! Heidi is a happy, optimistic girl. She loves nothing more than being on the mountain, enjoying the flowers and goats, as well as her beloved grandfather and neighbors.When she is taken away to live in the city with a wealthy family, to keep Clara company, both Heidi and her grandfather are very unhappy. Still, Heidi is able to form a deep friendship with Clara, who is ill and cannot walk.Soon enough, though, Heidi is able to return to her beloved mountain air.This Pollyanna-type book is full of joyful raptures, references to God and why he sometimes doesn't answer our prayers right away, loving relationships, forgiveness, and the joy of simple living.We loved this book. I have to say, it can get a little slow at times, so I recommend it for experiences listeners (whether young or old) who can delight in passages about beautiful flowers and such.


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. Somebody plonked this great big book in my lap when I was seven years old, a good reader, and in need of something heavy to hold me down on a long car trip. It worked; it took me off from my flat prairie summer to a land of purple mountain peaks and jumping goats and snow that piled up above the windows in the winter.Heidi comes to live with her grandfather when she is five years old, up high on the mountain where he shuns and is shunned by the village below. For the next three years, she sees almost no one else but the goatherd, Peter, and his mother, grandmother, and the goats. She is never lonely; she is like a nature spirit, communing with the wind, sun, trees, eagles and flowers. It is only when her aunt comes to take her away to Frankfort, to be a companion to ill, housebound Clara, that homesickness and loneliness set in. Heidi's rescue concludes the first half of the book, the half most people know; how Heidi heals the people in her life is the second and more interesting half. I have returned to this book so often that my 1921 edition is all worn out and crumbly, with the plates falling out. Spyri creates a world I would like to live in. I don't know if it ever existed. There are elements of melodrama in the story that are sometimes too sweet for the modern palate, but the scenery is vivid and honest and the pathos is, for the most part, truly felt.

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.

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

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