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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

10 thoughts on “Heidi

  1. says:

    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 imposition When Dete gets a good job offer, she marches Heidi up to the Swiss village where she was raised, the fictional village of D rfli little village and then even further up the mountain, to dump little Heidi on her unsuspecting grandfather, an embittered recluse Despite being taken aback, the grandfather quickly takes to Heidi, admiring her intelligence and enthusiasm She thrives in the lovely Swiss alps and country life, immediately shedding her citified clothing and ways, and helping the local goatherd Peter The Falknis mountain, with its two towers, near where Heidi and Peter tend the goatsEveryone around Heidi grows to love her her grandfather, Peter, Peter s grandmother The only problem is that Alm Uncle, her grandfather, has such a deep distrust of people and town life that he refuses to even send her to the village school Heidi is growing up happy and uncivilized when her aunt Dete suddenly reappears after three years, determined to take Heidi to Frankfurt to be the companion of Clara, a rich but sickly and invalid girl Our bouncy, enthusiastic girl starts to feel desperately unhappy, cooped up in the big city But Heidi has lessons to learn, and God has a plan.I loved the detailed descriptions of the lovely Alps and life there in olden times I suppose Heidi is a bit of a Mary Sue character, but her exuberant nature, jumping around all the time like a young goat, was charming And continuing the animal metaphors I really felt for her when she felt like a trapped bird in Frankfurt, though the wasting away thing was a bit over the top The Alm Uncle s character, bitter toward mankind generally but loving toward his bright granddaughter, seemed entirely believable to me, and honestly I got a bit teary as he began, like the prodigal son in Christ s parable, to find his way back to harmony with God and with his fellow men Clara s devout grandmamma is a paragon of saintliness but has a little humor to leaven her spiritual lessons to Heidi Peter s ailing, blind grandmother is equally devout but would fit in well with other Victorian era sickly but wise characters.The preachiness got a little too heavy handed toward the end, although I did appreciate the message of continuing to trust God even when your prayers aren t answered immediately, and at the same time needing to take action to improve your own circumstances, as much as you can I also can t help but be charmed with the notion that country living, with lots of fresh goat milk and toasted goat cheese on bread, brisk mountain air and the beauty of nature, heals pretty much everything.Mmmmm okay, actually I don t like goat cheese, toasted or otherwise, but I have to say Heidi tempts me to give it another shot.All in all I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Heidi and her friends again, after many years apart I recommend Heidi to readers who like old fashioned children s classics, like Anne of Green Gables, and don t mind a healthy dose of religious content in their reading.A note on English translations Since this book is over 100 years old, it s out of copyright and there are several free English versions available I read parts of Heidi in German and did some comparisons between the three English versions I found on Project Gutenberg None of them completely satisfied me, but I thought this one was the best, closest to the original German text without being unbearably awkward I m sure there are better translations out there, but I was working with what I could find free online Whatever version you pick up, make sure you get both halves of the story, which was originally published in two parts the second half has Clara visiting Switzerland.

  2. says:

    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 s writing chops Heidi has one of the most dynamite, blockbuster opening chapters I ve ever read Journeying up a mountainside, destined to live with a strange, fearful uncle It s got it all You can t NOT finish a book that starts this good.

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    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 this year s series of children s books, I will try to list the ten lessons I was reminded while reading a certain book.1 Prayer is powerful Sometimes we feel helpless and all we have left is to pray Sometimes God does not give what we ask for because it may not be good for us yet or there is something else, a better one, that He will give us.2 Nature was once a sight to behold Never been to Swiss Alps, the setting of this novel but one of my favorite movies is The Sound of Music and that opening scene where Maria is singing on top of the mountain is gloriously beautiful With the global warming and the continuous degradation of forests worldwide, I wonder how that mountain looks like now.3 Your conscience can haunt you The goat shepherd boy, Peter, did something unforgivable and the little man inside him haunts him that he could not eat, sleep and he becomes suspicious of all men who go up to the mountain as he thinks his uncle will give him in to the police Until he decides to tell the truth In this world of chaos, full of deceits and treachery, it is nice to be reminded that no alibis or justifications can cover up misdeeds and injustices We should all come clean and the sooner the better.4 Nothing compares to doing good deeds These all sound like motherhood statements and pies in the sky Cliches However, Heidi has nothing in her heart but to love her grandfather, grandmother, Peter, Clara and all the characters in the book In the end, she becomes happy If only life is as simple as this However, we all know that we reap what we sow, so why resist It is better to be in the bright, happy side.5 Fresh air, fresh food, clean water, happiness galore Most sickness are psychological Most diseases are caused by the environment Pollution Too much stress Processed food Fast food Clara, the invalid, gets well when she stays with her positive friend Heidi atop the mountain This part reminded me of the boy in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett But this book, Heidi was first published in 1880 and The Secret Garden in 1910 so this must be the original.6 Children can be wiser than grownups This is a much used plot in children s books but still holds true We grownups, we parents, have many things to learn from our children If you are a parent, you know this No debates.7 Goats can be endearing My mother and father love dogs, cats, fowls, birds, monkeys, etc So, when I was growing up in the province, our backyard was like a zoo However, I did not know that goats can be nice to take care too Goat meat is one of the favorites of some men here in Manila to go with their booze.8 Don t resist change Rather, embrace it Heidi did not go back to the mountain to resist studying Rather, she brings her writing materials and books to the mountain and study there with her friend Clara She even teaches Peter to read.9 Words can be powerful especially if the one who is sending it has the credibility Heidi has not done a nasty thing in her life so when she speaks even the stubborn Peter pays attention The grandmother s frail body and gloomy world suddenly bright up when Heidi is around.10 Grumpy old men need young girls No, I don t mean the dirty way The grumpy hermit like grandfather living alone on top of the mountain because he hates the world is convinced by Heidi to go back to the town She has that very positive influence to everyone around her including his now cynic grandfather Very positive novel Said to be the one of the most read most loved ever book in Switzerland This has been translated to 60 languages and read by all people around the world.You are not well read if you have not read this This sound like coming from my grumpy side, don t you think

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    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 because we were way too poor said Switzerland I just might have gotten away with this but for the fact that my mother taught in the senior school Since I had further elaborated when pressed, that we were going by boat another fixation I had throughout childhood, seafaring and the term holiday was a mere fortnight, news soon spread through the school that my mother was leaving her teaching job In case you don t get the plot so far, I was weaving this fantasy in Australia where I was born and raised.Never mind the trouble I got into for this, it didn t in the least affect my taste for anything Swittish.Since then, as an adult I ve been able to visit Switzerland five times, mostly Geneva By no means goatherd territory, but still You can see Geneva as a straightforwardly beautiful city You can see it through Australian eyes as having that aesthetic qualities of age that our cities so lack, not to mention the mountain backdrop the like of which we would never see at home Or you can see it, I discover, as a young child would whose dreams were always of other places I confess as I ve wandered about the city, staring at those snow capped mountains, to feeling that I have come home in some way that I m sure derives from the profound effect this utterly magical book had on me when I read it so long ago I don t know if other people wonder if they have let down the small bundles of hopes and dreams they once were, but I do It breaks my heart, the idea that I might have disappointed that little hopeful dreaming thing I was once, and I have found it a very emotional experience being in this dream I once went to sleep with every night I really can t remember, but I hope she I did always believe dreams come true Yeah, well Sometimes they do.

  5. says:

    i love plotless 19th century children s classics as much as the next girlbut i still could have used a bit plot in this one.review to come 3 stars honestly how could i NOT read a book with a cover this pretty

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    Heidi Her Years of Wandering and Learning Heidi, Johanna SpyriHeidi is a work of children s fiction published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri It is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her paternal grandfather s care in the Swiss Alps It was written as a book for children and those who love children as quoted from its subtitle 11 1345 35 1880 1345

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    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 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 goats and snow that piled up above the windows in the winter.Heidi comes to live with her grandfather when she is five years old, up high on the mountain where he shuns and is shunned by the village below For the next three years, she sees almost no one else but the goatherd, Peter, and his mother, grandmother, and the goats She is never lonely she is like a nature spirit, communing with the wind, sun, trees, eagles and flowers It is only when her aunt comes to take her away to Frankfort, to be a companion to ill, housebound Clara, that homesickness and loneliness set in Heidi s rescue concludes the first half of the book, the half most people know how Heidi heals the people in her life is the second and interesting half I have returned to this book so often that my 1921 edition is all worn out and crumbly, with the plates falling out Spyri creates a world I would like to live in I don t know if it ever existed There are elements of melodrama in the story that are sometimes too sweet for the modern palate, but the scenery is vivid and honest and the pathos is, for the most part, truly felt.

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Heidi is a basic white girl with a fondness for mountain air and goats.

  10. says:

    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 happiness.I do not want to say anything about the plot I just only want to make some observations.This is a lovely book for the kids and as well as for the adults.For Kids It will teach them first and foremost that Love is the foundation for happiness of man.It will teach them to establish lovely relationships It will teach them to love all.It will teach them to love the landscapes, the environments and the animals.It will teach them to pray.It will give them much to cheer about.For Adults It will speak to them of forgiveness.It will speak to them of the vanity of riches, or rather it will teach them the right usage of riches.It will teach them to appreciate the richness of relationships and the expansive nature.It will take them to their innocent childhood memories.It will give them much to cheer about.Final Note It is a fact that nothing much is known about the author of HEIDI, Johanna Spyri In her lifetime when she was asked to write her autobiography, she replied thus The external path of my life is very simple, and there is nothing special to be mentioned My inner life was full of storms, but who can describe it And even if a star is very far and its details are hard to get by, still its shining splendor is than enough for our limited vision J Spyri will always be remembered as the author of HEIDI and that is the greatest recognition Thank you Johanna Spyri for giving us HEIDI.