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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  137,584 ratings  ·  2,058 reviews
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 Al ...more
Hardcover, Kingfisher Classics, 352 pages
Published November 15th 2002 by Kingfisher (first published 1880)
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 11, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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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.

Heidi is a basic white girl with a fondness for mountain air and goats.
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
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
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
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
May 13, 2012 Dyuti rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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!
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
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
من المؤسف أنني لم أكن أعلم أن قصة هايدي فيها كل هذه الأفكار الرائعة.. لا أذكر أحداث المسلسل الكرتوني جيداً ولكن علمت أنه تم تغيير الكثير من الأحداث التي وردت في الرواية بحيث تم التغافل عن المحور الرئيسي لها.. كذلك بالنسبة للفيلم، وجدت أن الكثير من الأحداث فيه مختلفة والأفكار التي تم التركيز عليها ليست هي الفكرة الرئيسية فيها

• أجمل هذه الأفكار تلك المعاني الإيمانية التي تبدأ في الظهور من منتصف الرواية، على لسان جدة كلارا، عن الدعاء وكيف أنه الوسيلة الوحيدة لتحقيق ما تراه مستحيلاً أو ما فقدت الأمل
Here’s my trouble with Heidi. As a child, I loved the movie versions. In the movies, they showed Heidi spending lots of time with her grandfather in the beginning, building a relationship with him, how her presence made him happy, et cetera. In the book I just didn’t “get” that. I felt Heidi’s relationship with the mountains. I felt Heidi’s relationship with Peter and with the grandmother. But with Grandfather? Not so much. Her affection for him was told but not shown. Perhaps the fault is mine ...more
The Book Queen
Still just as cute and heartwarming (but a bit too preachy) the second time around.
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
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
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 Grandmoth ...more
Jaqueline Miguel
Que bom poder recordar a infância e ler livros assim tão maravilhosos… *suspiro*
Vi este livro pela primeira vez no canal da (Joana do Little House of Books) e achei que seria muito interessante lê-lo, por isso, decidi comprá-lo no Bookdepository (foi a minha primeira compra no site e gostei muito da experiência). É impressionante como nos faz pensar na série de desenhos animados com tanto carinho e relembrar alguns dos momentos e falas mais memoráveis. Adorei a semelhança!
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Heidi Versi Penerbit Atria

“Hari ini juga tidak ada kesempatan untuk menguap!”
Sepertinya jika ada Heidi dalam kehidupan kita,
maka tidak akan pernah ada kesempatan untuk menguap!

Heidi adalah nama seorang gadis kecil yang berasal dari Swiss. Sebagai anak yatim piatu, Heidi pada awalnya berada dalam perawatan Bibi Dete. Namun seiring perjalanan waktu, saat berusia 8 tahun ia tinggal bersama Kakek Alm di Pegunungan Alm. Awalnya banyak yang menyangsikan mereka akan dapat hidup rukun, mengingat tabiat
Membaca dapat membantu program menguruskan badan. Logikanya gampang kok, setiap kali kita tidur, metabolisme tubuh bekerja dengan aktif. Makanya orang yang suka tidur cenderung berbadan meninggi kesamping. Nah... dalam rangka mengurangi tidur setiap saat berangkat kantor dan pulang plus istirahat, salah satu kiat adalah dengan membaca buku. Tidur berkurang, target menuntaskan buku terpenuhi.

Setelah membaca Epitaph, The Unknown Erros of Our Lives, Quidditch dari masa ke masa plus setengah buku pe
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 i

من اروع الكتب التي من الممكن ان تصف البراءة , الخير, الجمال , السعادة , والامل
الامل في رجوع ماهو جميل , الامل في رجوع السعادة والبهجة , الامل في تلبية الله لدعائنا ولو بعد حين , الامل في ان الله دائما بجانبنا
لازم نحمد ربنا دايما على كل نعمة احنا فيها, لازم ندعيلو على طول

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هايدي جميلة جدا , كنت بتفرج عاليها وانا صغيرة اوي اوي وللأسف العقل البشري اخذلني في تذكر اي شئ من احداث هذا العمل الرائع , لكن كان فيه بصيص نور من بعيد عن شكلها وشكل جدها وشكل الجبل , وعن معزتها يوكي على ما اتذكر
I had to read this book when I was a senior in high school in literature. I was not happy about it. I wanted to read Shakespeare or something challenging. This was not challenging. I could have done better. We read this book for an entire semester.

If I had read this as a kid, I might have actually liked this book. I gave it 3 stars because I know it's a pretty decent book. It was merely a matter of the wrong book and the wrong time for an 18 year old.

So, in my spare time in the evenings and week
Rebecca McNutt
Heidi is definitely a classic; most people I know have read it as a child themselves and it's a story of a girl who tries to make the best out of a bad situation, creating a very interesting little adventure.
Hanaa Mansouri
Youd expect a book about a perfect girl who perfect things happen to, and a lifestyle which consists solely of chasing sheep and talking would be boring as heck, but it surprisingly isnt. Its different and refreshing and sometimes one needs a not so realistic book.
Ayu Palar
Jul 22, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ayu by: Sherien
A simple story about a girl who lives in a mountain and drink milk and eat cheese everyday. Why does it become classic? Because behind its simplicity, it is a story about human’s relationship with nature. I like the sweetness of this story, and I suggest every kid should read this. However, since I have encountered Heidi through the comic version, I didn’t find any surprise when I was reading the original novel.
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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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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