Synopsis: Orphaned Heidi lives with her gruff but caring grandfather on the side of Swiss mountain, where she befriends young Peter the goat-herd. She leads an idyllic life, until she is forced to leave the mountain she has always known to go and live with a sickly girl in the city. Will Heidi ever see her grandfather again? A classic tale of a young girl’s coming-of-age, of friendship, and familial love.
Genres: Middle Grade, Classics, Historical, Young Adult
Format Read: Hardback
Release Date: 4th December 2014 (this version) 1880 (original version)
Review: Another masterpiece that I loved as a child and love even more now. This book is everything I hoped for and way more.
The story of little Heidi a joyful girl who gets forced upon her grouchy elderly grandpa by her aunt. While there she makes everything seem so wondrous and becomes enchanted by the animals, the mountains and the beauty that’s around her. She becomes friends with goatherd Peter and adores his blind Grannie who she enchants and gives her a reason to live. But she gets taken away to become a companion to a crippled girl in need of a best friend, while there in the wake of sorrow and loss for her great mountains and her family she’s left behind; she learns much about herself and learns valuable skills too. When she goes back home things change for the better and her beautiful mountain life becomes enriched and enriches everyone who visits to for the better.
Honestly this story blew me away it was pure and joyful. It delivered such a heartwarming and eye opening message. The characters in this story all had warm hearts even those that scarcely showed it. They touched each other and helped each other, when things got tough or scary there was always a happy and loving resolution to it. The whole time reading it made me wish I was part of this book, this world the clear and beautiful mountains the gracious and loving people, it was a never ending beauty and one I will read many times over.
Where to buy: Amazon, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones
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.