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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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.

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.

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


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.


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.

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.


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


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.

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

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 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!


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.

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"]>

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.

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.

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