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Maxa's Children

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1926. Illustrated by Francis Brundage. Spyri is the Swiss writer whose story for children, Heidi, is known all over the world. Her psychological insight into the child mind, her humor, and her ability to enter into childish joys and sorrows give her books attraction and lasting value. Maxa's Children begins: For nearly twenty years the ancient castle had stood on the heigh ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published 1926 by Saalfield Publishing Company (first published 1921)
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Anne Slater
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my mother's book. Published by Lippincott in 1921, when my mother was 4 years old (no, she wasn't a precocious reader). So I read it because I loved the real Heidi, and had read Cornelli (I think), and because it was my mother's book.

Johanna Spyri ALWAYS wraps up all the problems, ALWAYS pulls a Lost Childhood Friend out of the mystery, and ALWAYS preaches a good sermon. And children are always the heroes.

This, her third book to come out in English, is no different, except that there are
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Elizabeth Pruett
Swiss author Johanna Spyri knew how to put together a happy ending, and Mazli: A Story of the Swiss Valleys is absolutely celebratory. There are a lot of characters to keep up with, but this wasn't a problem. Spyri introduces and deepens our understanding of more than eight children and multiple adults in a gradual way that gives the community a rich history.

Small, kindhearted Mazli is the youngest of five siblings and is the darling of the neighborhood. Well, most people think so. She does have
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Zeta T.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johanna Spyri knew how to make a fairly easy going story where each character is considered thoroughly. This book has many characters and Mazli is the youngest, but more goes on with her eldest brother, her mother and the neighbours. She has a large family and there are often tales of a nearby castle, once inhabited by old friends of the mother and uncle. Of course, as with many of Spyri's stories, there are struggles and an awkward amount of suffering to the undeserved, made well in the end, th ...more
Zeta T.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just wanted to give a head's up: From the beginning displayed on the first page "Maxa's Children" is basically another title for a book called Mazli (or Maezli) which is already in public domain and can be downloaded for free on Gutenberg.org (or an audio version at librivox.org). Having read the book, I'd say this title makes more sense but this edition came out later so it's not downloadable yet.
Susan
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copyright 1921, so a bit old fashioned, but timeless story of children who have no home and in the end are taken in by their long lost uncle. The uncle lives in a huge castle and the children will never want for anything again.
Valorie
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is just fun and sweet. A beautiful example of right and wrong and Mother's love. Its not earth shaking but cute.
Lillian N.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful children's story!! Very easy to read.
James Oinam
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some reviewer's have ranked Maezli above Heidi as there are more characters in this story. The story has a mysterious castle in which 'orphaned' children find their home while being nursed to health from sickness by a loving family. But somehow I'm biased towards Heidi. Focusing on a single child in the story somehow makes me connect with Heidi more closely than the children in Maezli (she is not the orphan without a home).
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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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