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Heidi (Heidi #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  148,956 Ratings  ·  2,404 Reviews
Orphaned Heidi lives with her gruff but caring grandfather on the side of Swiss mountain, where she befriends young Peter the goat-herd. She leads an idyllic life, until she is forced to leave the mountain she has always known to go and live with a sickly girl in the city. Will Heidi ever see her grandfather again? A classic tale of a young girl's coming-of-age, of friends ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Children's Classics (first published 1880)
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Samiha Sauda, I guess you haven't read the book.
Rashmi, yes she does, one of the greatest adventures in children's literature in my opinion. Read the first…more
Sauda, I guess you haven't read the book.
Rashmi, yes she does, one of the greatest adventures in children's literature in my opinion. Read the first few pages of the book and you'll be drawn in, I can guarantee you that! (less)
Erica She is 5 at the beginning but 8 years old for most of the novel. The goat-herd boy is a little older. There are several nice references to the…moreShe is 5 at the beginning but 8 years old for most of the novel. The goat-herd boy is a little older. There are several nice references to the difficulties of learning to read.
I think you could read this to any child age 6+ yrs that likes the outdoors. A strong reading 6 to 7 yr old might read it themselves, or an average reading 8 to 9 yr old.(less)
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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
This was so cute and heartwarming, if a bit preachy, but it is a product of its time period in that way. But I really loved it overall!
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 11, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: 501, childrens
Heidi's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 10 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year. New Year always means new beginning, new hope. Do you remember when you were still in school and after reading a story in class, the teacher asked you what was the lessons you learned from it? So, in thi
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Heidi, a Swiss book originally published in German in 1881, was one of those books I grew up with: my mother had a simplified, abridged version of it that I read many times and loved as a child. When I realized the GR group "Catching up on the Classics" was doing it as a January group read, I jumped in, excited for the chance to revisit Heidi and her simple, joyous life in the Swiss alps with her grandfather.


Heidi, a 5 year old orphan, has been raised by her mother's sister Dete, who resents the
Mostly during primary school my chosen prospective career was saint.

Ah, but then there was the period where I discovered Heidi and as I read and reread it a bunch of times, I most fervently wanted to become a goatherd, with all that this entailed. The bell. The sleeping snuggled into warm hay in the attic. The eating of too much cheese.

So taken was I with the idea of Switzerland that when we were asked, about grade 6, where we were going for the term holiday, I – who had never been on a holiday
Jun 12, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chilren, adults, adults reading to children
Recommended to Katie by: Grandma
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 goa ...more
A heartwarming classic children's book that is meaningful for adults...

I loved Heidi as a child. This book was a dog-eared favorite! I did enjoy revisiting this book recently as part of a group read, as an adult. However, I do think that the magic of the book is best for children. I will fully disclose that 1 of the stars is completely nostalgic!

What I loved:
* The beautiful descriptions of the setting -- the Alps in Switzerland
* The fact that Heidi had such a positive impact on those around her
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 hap
Heidi is a basic white girl with a fondness for mountain air and goats.
May 18, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: Dhanaraj Rajan
Heidi is a deservedly well-loved tale; a classic of children's literature which has been translated into many languages, and told and retold to new generations of children, ever since it first appeared in 1880.

It tells of Heidi, a little Swiss orphan girl, whom we first meet when she is less than five years old. Her aunt Dete is taking her to live with her reclusive old grandfather, in his hut high up on the Alm mountain. Everybody on the Alm in the little village of Dörfli comes to love Heidi,
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Heidi is a childhood favorite. I revisited it recently, in the mood.

All the evils of the world might be cured by mountain air, kindness, and goat's milk.

Vividly descriptive. Just whisk me to the Swiss Alps, bright with myriad blossoms, fragrant with fir and pine, alive with birdsong. The blessings of nature surround, the sun shines down all around, and never an unkind sound.

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يبدو أن قصص اطفال القرن التاسع عشر هي الافضل , و اظن انه من الظلم ان نصنفها ضمن قصص الاطفال , فهي تصلح لكل الاعمار وفيها من الدروس الانسانية البليغة .
حسنت مزاجي بل و أِشعرتني ببهجة في الوقت الذي لم تتمكن من ذلك ثلاث كتب اخرى .

" النجوم تلمع لانها تعيش فوق في السماء و سعيدة , ثم تومىء لنا لانها تريد لنا السعادة ايضاً . اتعلمين ؟ ان الله يصلح كل شسء بحيث لا يكون ثمة داع للقلق . فكل شيء سيكون على ما يرام في النهاية "
My two favorite aunts gave me Heidi when I was eight years old. I don't know if it was Christmas or birthday; all I know is I have them to thank not only for this but for Anne of Green Gables (and my very favorite stuffed bear Snowball), bless their names forever. As with Anne, I read Heidi over and over (and over), and followed up with some of the sequels from the library, and loved it dearly; unlike with Anne, though, I haven't read Heidi in many years. The Goodreads Kindred Spirits group chos ...more
Johanna Spyri's Heidi is a novel that is not only an enduring classic (first published in 1881, still going strong, a perennial favourite, and still remarkably enjoyable), but also one of those books that can be read and perhaps even should be read on a multitude of different and equally rewarding levels. As with many children's classics I consider personal favourites, my review will consist of primarily musings and detailed analyses of certain parts and aspects of the narrative. I will also pro ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
My sister and I were so enamored of this book when we were little. With that in mind, I'll let my four-star rating stand. However, I recently ran across a copy of the book and thought it might be fun to read it again after all these years. Nostalgia and all that, right? I was sickened by the over-the-top flowery writing. Gaaaaag me with syrupy sentiment! I was also surprised by all the gooey religious references, which I didn't remember AT ALL from my childhood readings of it. I don't object to ...more
Naji Albarri
Jan 30, 2016 Naji Albarri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حسناً يا هايدي، أنا اليومَ أسعد مما أستحق.
أسعد مما كنتُ أتخيله ممكناً.
من الجيد أن أكون في سلامٍ مع الله ومع الأصدقاء.
كان الله كريماً معي عندما أرسلكِ إلى كوخي...

من منا لا يتذكر هايدي ذلك المسلسل الكارتوني القديم؛ هايدي تلك الطفلة ذاتَ الخمس سنوات عندما كُتبَ لها أن تعيش مع عجوزٍ غامضٍ يتجنبُ مخالطة الناس، وينسجون عنه الحكايات والقصص لانزوائه عنهم أعلى الجبل بعد أن تخلت عنها خالتها ديتي... لقد غيرت كل ما حولها بصفاء قلبها وبراءة مشاعرها...
أعادت الحياة لقلب الرجل العجوز، وجعلت بيتر وعائلته يشعرون
Reading a children’s classic as an adult can be a trip down memory lane, but it can also be something of a disappointment … well sort of. My recent reread of Heidi was a little of both. It was wonderful to revisit this old childhood favorite. It brought back many very happy memories and I did indeed experience something of that wonder of that first encounter all those years ago.

The book, Heidi, represents—for me—a place or anyway a sense of place. It is the Swiss Alps. It was my introduction to
Magrat Ajostiernos
Clasicazo de la literatura infantil que creo que todos los que hayamos visto de peques su adaptación animada sabremos disfrutar.
Una historia para niños de las de antes, con bastante moralina y una presencia de la religión hacia el final demasiado pronunciada para mi gusto... y aún así me parece un libro delicioso y enternecedor, de esos que te hacen reír y llorar con sus adorables personajes.
Me quedo sin duda con la genial Heidi (una heroína infantil de la talla de Anne Shirle
Samra Yousuf
Sep 12, 2016 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a girl who lives in highlands and drinks milk and eats cheese daily.......
What can else a happy life be?
She lays under vast blue and wanders in alps,walks in greenery with a bucket........
What can else a happy life be?
She befriends a lad who is goat-herd and lives n neighboring.......
What can else a happy life be?
She is Heidi and she is happy.

I believe it requires great skill to weave magic for generations, armed with nothing but a simple, heart touching plot and oodles of feel-good-fac
Jan 09, 2016 Kiwi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A children classic which made me want to take a trip to the Alps, drink fresh milk and eat toasted goat cheese. Extra star for nostalgia too :)
May 13, 2012 Dyuti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dyuti by: My father
Shelves: children

This was one of those rare books which instilled in me the gift of imagination, and taught me how to dream...


I believe it requires great skill to weave magic for generations, armed with nothing but a simple, heart touching plot and oodles of feel-good-factor! And Johanna Sypri is one such skilled author.

The story flows thus: Heidi, an orphaned little girl, goes to live in the Alps with her grandfather. She is the personification of innocence and gaiety. Living on goat milk, and grazing the herds
Apr 30, 2009 Tamra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's thinking about being a hermit in the Swiss Alps--take me with you!
Shelves: own-currently
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
Book 5 of #booktubeathon officially complete! Such a sweet story. So glad to have finally read this one. Full review to come.
I love,love,love this book!One of my childhood favourites. Despite the fact that I hate milk, reading this book always made me wish I could live on a farm and drink fresh milk every day. I also wanted to have a bed of hay in the loft, never thought of how itchy it might get!
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Heidi 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 "b
Sara Steger
Jan 02, 2016 Sara Steger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and those who have small children
Shelves: bingo-2016
This is the second time recently that I have gone back to revisit a book from my childhood. I think it might be the last. I find that for the most part my distant memories of these books are more pleasing than the reality of reading them at such an advanced age.

This book was sweet, but very unrealistic and unsatisfying. The child is too good, the characters too underdeveloped and the miracle too preposterous for my adult tastes. I think I will leave all the other childhood books that beacon my
Feb 25, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I love Heidi! I feel the same way about the landscape of my home as she does. I love my Idaho mountains and the miles and miles of sagebrush. God's creations inspire people--and I believe they inspire goodness. It is easier for me to remember God in the mountains and valleys and forests and animal pens of the country than in the man-made cities with department stores and skyscrapers lining asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks. I empathize with Heidi's need for home and family and admire her abil ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Afrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من منا لا يعرف قصة هايدي أو حتى جزء منها، تلك الفتاة الصغيرة المفعمة بالحيوية، لنرى السعادة والبهجة متمثلة في طفلة، ما يجعلي استشعر بجمال براءة الأطفال وصدق مشاعرهم، فعندما تقرأ في أدب الأطفال بلا شك ستشعر بالسعادة أو تشعر بقلبك يرفرف كطير سعيد في حين أكتضت بقية الروايات بالألم والحزن .. القراءة في أدب الأطفال شيء مريح، نراها تزرع المباديء والقيم لتسمو بروحك فتعانق طهر السحاب.. أبطالها براءة الأطفال وحيويتهم المعهودة حتى تتمنى لو ترجع طفلاً ترى الأمور ببساطة وبلا تعقيد ويرجع قلبك كقلوبهم أو كطهر ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls of all ages
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 descri ...more
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Never thought this simple novel could make me cry so much. Heidi will always remain close to my heart.
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Johanna Spyri was an author of children's stories, and is best known for Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.

Johanna Spyri geb. Heusser. Die Tochter eines Arztes und einer pietistischen Lyrikerin wuchs als viertes von sechs Kindern in ei
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