ISBN: 0060234385
ISBN 13: 9780060234386
By: Johanna Spyri

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Krupinski has recreated Spyri's beloved story in a stunning picture book version that's just right for a younger reading audience. Capturing Heidi's unforgettably beautiful alpine world with lavish paintings, Krupinski also breathes new life into the favorite cast of characters, from Heidi's grandfather and Peter the goatherd to sickly Klara and Heidi herself. Full color.

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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!


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.

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


I read this book so often as a child that the covers fell off, the binding broke, and I lost about half the pages. Heidi is almost insufferable in her Merciful Christian Perfection--but only *almost*. There's a spark of fun to her, and I was absolutely enthralled by her simple, earthy lifestyle. As an urban kid in the 20th century, the idea that soft bread could be a luxury blew my mind (to the extent that twenty years later, Heidi's meals with Clara are still the main thing I remember about this book). Didn't much like the grandfather or the goats.

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.

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.

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!

John Yelverton

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

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"]>


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


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.

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.


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.

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