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

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.

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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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

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!

Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}

"For mercy's sake, the child is crazy!" Little Heidi.(I always thought that was weird name.)I read this novel in fourth grade(?), and I have no idea what happened in it, except that I loved it to bits and that I reread it thrice from the local library, that was my neighbor's little bookshelf, and reading it while sitting curled by their dog, Danny who died 15 months back. Since I had hardly any recollection of this novel, I read the abridged version once more, and I know why I loved it-this story was sweet and innocent and beautiful. It was fun, and I still remember pleading my mum to take me to the Alps, although at that point of time, I had no idea where Alps was. Before this novel, I didn't know what Alps was.I know, I know- I was an ignorant clueless brat and then Heidi happened, and believe me when I tell you that not one reread was regretted.Coming back to the actual review, and sparing you the vents of my mundane childhood, this is the story of an orphan- the titular character, Heidi.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.The version I read was definitely a different edition and I can't find it, but there were beautiful B/W illustrations, and boy, do I remember my delight reading this book.(view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)]Many wonderful books have been done in by bad movie versions, and Shirley Temple did a lot to give Heidi a bad name.Even in 1937, Hollywood couldn't resist the urge to sensationalize an otherwise endearing story. But there's a reason this book has stayed in print for well over a century. Heidi's life on the mountain is vivid and joyous, told with such resonance that children who have the temperament and experience to be able to listen to a story of this length and pacing dream of living in the Alps themselves. Her misery in the city, the middle third of the book, is vivid as well, and readers long with Heidi to get back to the healthy, sun-filled mountains. The final portion, with the healing of Clara, is, despite its predictability, exciting and moving. The rock-solid values the author espouses may seem simple and old-fashioned today, but you may find yourself longing for them again -- and immersing your child in them can only be healthy. This theme of the healing power of nature and optimism was a favorite in an earlier age.Through a mix of good humor, charming behavior, and a positive attitude, Heidi inspires and delights those around her, inspiring her grandfather in particular to give up his taciturn ways. I loved the innocence and faith Heidi had, every time she prayed. Seriously, even though I may not be able to get an original copy of this book, it will definitely remain one of my favorite classics and childhood reads. This little Swiss girl's life in the mountain, and her beautiful tale is one of the most charming tales in children's literature, and one I'll recommend to everyone.Edit: What the hey, this novel has seven books in a series? Ugh, why are authors bent on destroying such classics. "Heidi grows up"? No, thank you.Edit: Oh my Gods, there's an animated serie? Eee, its so cute!Edit:IS SHE A BLONDE OR A BRUNETTE?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

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


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.

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.

John Yelverton

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

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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.

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