Synopsis: Cornelli is the story of a happy little Swiss girl who goes to live with an aunt after her mother dies. She becomes sullen and unattractive when her aunt fails to understand her. Fortunately, she is able to regain her sunny disposition. The story beings, A little girl with glowing cheeks and blowing hair came running through the wood. Her eyes sparkled with delight, while she was being driven along by the wind, or had to fight her way against it. From her arm was dangling a hat, which, as she raced along, seemed anxious to free itself from the fluttering ribbons in order to fly away. The child now slackened her pace and began to sing.

Genres: Middle Grade, Classics, Coming of Age, Historical

Format Read: Audiobook

Release Date: January 2015 (this version) 1920 (original version)

Review: This story is so beautiful written, it takes you away to somewhere so heavenly, illestream. 

The story follows young Cornelli as her life changes and she changes with it but not for the better. Her Cousin Kitty comes to care take after her and forces Cornelli to change to no longer be her happy and fun loving girl she once was. Leaving the girl in depression and fear, but her life changes once more and that will be for the better. 

I loved loved loved this story seriously it was so sweet, but sad and I really hated her cousin and wanted to protect Cornelli against her evil, Cornelli didn’t deserve that bad treatment she got. She was lovely and fun loving, always had fun things to do and learn. 

I’m so surprised I hadn’t heard of this story at all before as Heidi is one of my all time favourite books but this does not disappoint in anyway at all. It’s so incredibly written and thought out, it’s got great characters and great friendships created, a whole family of people that you will love so quickly. 

Narrator Review: Jael Baldwin was actually very good, at the beginning I wasn’t certain due to interference and it cutting off a few times, but as you get past that she is a very clear, passionate narrator, she takes you to this beautiful world with dedication. I enjoyed having her as the narrator for this story.


About Author: 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.


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