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Little orphan Heidi goes to live high in the Alps with her gruff grandfather and brings happiness to all who know her on the mountain. When Heidi goes to Frankfurt to work in a wealthy household, she dreams of returning to the mountains and meadows, her friend Peter, and her beloved grandfather.
Paperback, Kingfisher Classics, 352 pages
Published November 15th 2002 by Kingfisher (first published 1880)
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Tharindu Dissanayake
"I would a thousand times rather be with grandfather on the mountain than anywhere else in the world.”

I love this book. I love it more and more every time I re-read it, for, there is very little else I found relaxing and make me feel great, than reliving the life of Heidi among the beautiful mountains, and in the cozy little house of grand pa.

How simply and innocently she sees the world, enjoying all the great things the Nature has to offer, while surrounded by a few caring, humble and interest
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 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 imposit
Justin Tate
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most feel-good story of all time? Possibly. Heidi’s infectious pleasantness carries easily over the Swiss alps and into my life, nearly 140 years later. Despite a plot of idealized happiness, the cast of characters are not without flaw. The moments of conflict, though never described in severe terms, are the kind of dilemmas that transcend time and place. And the mountain, the healing mountain, is the perfect setting to mend.

Purely from a style perspective, I was equally impressed with Spyri
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: childrens, 501
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
I don't know what it is about this book, but I just...didn't like it that much?

And I really like classics. And I really like children's books. And I REALLY like children's classics.

I also really, REALLY liked the other three books (A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables) in this collection.

But I...did not care for this.

It was just very boring, I didn't think the writing was that pretty, and I didn't care for the characters that much.

Being a 22 year old writing a semi-negative
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was utterly charming and adorable! It's truly one of the sweetest and most wholesome stories I have ever read.

I've been a huge fan of "Heidi" since I was a young child, since my mother first introduced me to the fantastic Anime adaption from 1974. The show was one of my absolute favorites and its been dear to my heart ever since. Having watched the episodes over and over again throughout the years, I've become very familiar with the storyline, so nothing in this book was new or a surpr
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
This was so precious! A little preachy and had some very traditional views in regards to disabilities and such, but the setting and atmosphere of the book reminded me a lot of Anne of Green Gables and made me so happy <3
Heidi is a basic white girl with a fondness for mountain air and 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 hap
FREE good-quality audio recording of Heidi, narrated by Kara Shallenberg:

Heidi is a childhood favorite.

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 five — pale and small — when she fi
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About halfway around the book, I remembered reading it, in Turkish, years ago. Turkish translation of it was a bit different, if my memory serves me. For once, while there were mentions of God and how good He is etc, religious preaching was not as prominent.

I stumbled upon similar deviations at White Fang, which is one of my favourite books. Reading it in English was like hearing a memory from someone else's perspective. Familiar at core ,but WTF is he talking about at the same time. In Turkish
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, fiction, children
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 it is also one of those books that can be read and perhaps even should be read on a multitude of different and equally rewarding levels. And like 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 w ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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!
Nur Baity
Heidi is a novel written by Johanna Spyri. From the cover, it's clearly seen that this novel tells the story of a little girl. The little girl named Heidi. In this novel, the author clearly describes the setting of the atmosphere and place. The writer describes how the natural beauty of the mountain such as the color of the flowers, the mountain, the valley, the trees, and so on. This makes me always imagine that atmosphere and makes me want to go there. Reading this novel also makes me feel the ...more
Very similar theme to The Secret Garden - fresh air & country kid causes incredible cure in rich invalid kid. The parenting is slightly better, but still quite distant. Overall, the story read more like an outline most of the time. The characters weren't very deep, although there was an air of mystery about several which attempted to make them more interesting. Worked a bit for some. Most were just caricatures, though. The ending was predictable.

The main character was a cheerful chatterbox that
We stopped reading after the first 100 pages. We have listened to an audio book that I think must have been an unabridged reading of the book, as we feel that we know the story completely and reading the book isn't bringing anything new for us. As we have many books on our to read shelf at the moment we are going to put this on hold and perhaps return later. ...more
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favourite books as a kid! Something about the sense of adventure, I suppose, and Heidi just being her own girl. She was so spirited and hopeful and her life in the city damn near broke my heart.

I did read a kid's version of it though so I wonder if it's time to seek out the original and see how much was different?

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 t
A beautiful and heart touching story of Heidi and her early life on the Alm.

Her Aunt leaves her with Alm-Uncle her Grandfather in a small hut of little means. She is so attached to the Alp life that when she is taken away by her Aunt to Frankfort, even her best efforts to be with Klara does not stop her from longing for her life back home.
Eventually she makes it back and is visited by the Doctor, with his own life difficulties, is healed by the Alps and Heidi's care.
Finally Klara comes and fin
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
Robin Lee Hatcher
How fun to return to this classic children's story! Written at the end of the 1800's, it still holds all of its charm and truth. ...more
Kate (GirlReading)
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A gentle, heartwarming children's story that made me want to move to the Swiss Alps, sleep in a bed of hay and live at one with the goats. I found the first half of this book much more enjoyable than the last, as I felt it became somewhat preachy and suddenly heavy on religious sentiments (which just isn't my thing) but other than that, I felt very nostalgic for the animated movie I grew up with (and have now purchased for £0.49 on Amazon.) I would also highly recommend Puffin's 2019 audiobook, ...more
Heidi is a young orphan. The book starts when she's just 5 years old and her primary caregiver changes from the older sister to the grandfather.

Heidi is a good girl. She's vivacious, kind, selfless, generous, and everyone she meets instantly likes her. She lights up the life of the people around her. So she goes around doing good deeds, learns about Christianity, and starts praying. That's pretty much the whole book for you. It was ok, but I didn't particularly care.

One thing that got on my ner
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was 8 years old I had a best friend. Whenever we had a sleepover we would find some of her picture books and flip through them before bedtime. One of my favorite stories was the one about Heidi; the pictures of the beautiful, blonde girl living in the mountains among goats and pretty flowers captured me. I really adored the story and I still remember some of the pictures.

I did not think that I would remember the story. After all, I had never actually read the book, just looked at the colo
Deborah Ideiosepius
Heidi is an interesting one - of course I read it when I was a kid, but I had not come back to it since. It is definitely a 'classic' kids book and though it does not seem to have the popularity it used to, it is still really well known. Wiki lists it as; "... one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature."

Heidi, originally written in German (I think) was published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, who intended it for 'children and those wh
5+ stars & 8/10 hearts. Oh, my heart. I love this book so very much. I’ve known it ever since I was a child and I’ve loved it more each time, I think. So much beauty, so much sweetness, so much humour... and a wonderful message. This is an uplifting, encouraging, refreshing book & I fully, completely recommend it. <33

A Favourite Quote: “‘If God had let me come at once, as I prayed, then everything would have been different[;] but God has arranged it all so much better than I knew how to[.] Oh,
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Johanna Spyri (1827 - 1901) was a Swiss author of children's stories, 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 K

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