Heidi

 
Classic story has lost none of its joy and power.

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Positive messages

Peter's jealousy causes him to destroy Clara's wheelchair.

Violence

Heidi's separation from her beloved home and grandfather is upsetting.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic story is beautifully written, but not to every modern child's taste.

What's the story?

Orphaned Heidi is taken to live with her grandfather, a grumpy hermit. But the bond of love that grows between them is disrupted when Heidi is taken to live in the city as a companion to an invalid girl. This classic story has lost none of its joy and power, but its slow pace and old-fashioned ethos is not for everyone.

 

Is it any good?

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Many wonderful books have been done in by bad movie versions, and Shirley Temple did a lot to give HEIDI a bad name. But there's a reason this book has stayed in print for well over a century. Heidi's life on the mountain is vivid and joyous, told with such resonance that children who have the temperament and experience to be able to listen to a story of this length and pacing dream of living in the Alps themselves.

Her misery in the city, the middle third of the book, is vivid as well, and readers long with Heidi to get back to the healthy, sun-filled mountains. The final portion, with the healing of Clara, is, despite its predictability, exciting and moving. The rock-solid values the author espouses may seem simple and old-fashioned today, but you may find yourself longing for them again -- and immersing your child in them can only be healthy. This theme of the healing power of nature and optimism was a favorite in an earlier age.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about learning from experience. What does Heidi learn when she first goes up the mountain? How does she respond to the city, and how is she different when she returns to the mountains?

Book details

Author:Johanna Spyri
Genre:Literary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 1, 1880
Number of pages:285
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2010
age 12+
 
i love the book heidi. when you read the book try to do a project on the book like plot, title, arther, theam, and the mager and miner charters. when you get it done you can bring it to your school and show your teacher what you have done.
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Adult Written byvkirchofer April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Heidi Johanna Sypri-must read for anyone 8 years and up!

It took our family into the adventure of Heidi's life. WE took turns reading to eachother and our youngest who is four loved hearing the story as well! Very good book.
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2011
age 5+
 

heidi a careing child

i think it's a very good book specially for kids ,infect i like it soooooo.... much i think they should add this book in a subject, i think children like it so much
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