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Title:
Heidi
Author:
Spyri, Johanna, 1827-1901.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
383 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Summary:
A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.9 15 Quiz: 05099.
ISBN:
9780688145194
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

First published in 1880, Heidi introduces young readers and listeners to one of the most charming young heroines ever.

This beautiful, stirring novel tells of five-year-old Heidi, an orphan sent to live high up in the mountains with her cantankerous grandfather. Sweet-natured Heidi soon wins her grandfather's heart and makes friends with the lively young goatherd, Peter. Her newfound happiness ends quickly, however, when Heidi's aunt, Dete, takes her off to the city of Frankfurt to be a companion to a sickly child. Finally Heidi is restored to her Alpine home. And when her new friend, Clara, joins her in the mountains, Heidi's innocent charm and the majestic beauty of the Alps combine to work a healing miracle.

This edition of Heidi features ten gorgeous color plates and twenty-three black-and-white drawings by Jessie Willcox Smith. Smith's sumptuous pictures capture all the joy of this beloved classic, from the splendor of Switzerland's mighty Alps to the subdued drama of Clara's upper-class Frankfurt home to the exhilarating pleasure of an Alpine sleigh ride.

Now a whole new generation of young readers can fall under the enchanting spell that Heidi has cast for more than a century


Author Notes

Johanna Spyri was born in the village of Hirzel, Switzerland on June 12, 1827. She was tutored at home and attended school both at home and in Zurich. She married Bernhard Spyri, a lawyer, in 1852 and moved to Zurich. She wrote her first story, A Leaf on Vrony's Grave, in 1871. She wrote numerous stories for both children and adults, but her most famous work was Heidi, which was published in 1880. Both her husband and son died in 1884. She spent her remaining years writing, raising her niece, and doing charity work. She died on July 7, 1901.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Spyri's classic gets a pared-down retelling in this picture-book adaptation aimed at younger audiences. The straightforward, descriptive narrative moves briskly through Heidi's arrival at Grandfather's cabin, her time with wheelchair-bound Klara in Frankfurt, her homesickness, and then her happy return to Grandfather's Swiss mountain home. The text includes many of the story's original elements, but there are some puzzling omissions; it's never mentioned that Heidi is an orphan, for example. With such a short length, the story has some abrupt transitions, including the characters' shifting attitudes and emotions, as in Grandfather's sudden change from grumpy to kind. In another scene, Peter, jealous of Klara, tosses her wheelchair off a cliff, but the action is glossed over as the story rushes to its happy ending. The colorful, soft illustrations depict Heidi in the idyllic, Alpine landscapes and upscale mansions, filled with period details. While it is certainly no substitute for the original, this slender offering is an accessible, visually appealing introduction to the classic story and its endearing, enduring main character.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2009 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up‘This edition of the classic title features the unabridged text; full-color illustrations; and captioned photos, drawings, and reproductions that provide cultural, geographical, and historical information. Rozier-Gaudriault's artwork is primarily done in a soft, pastel palette that pleasantly captures this gentle story of a sweet but resilient young girl who brings love and joy to those whom she encounters. Quotes from the text appear next to the illustrations. The documentary material gives a serendipitous look at Heidi's life and times. Some of it is insightful and specific to the narrative; other annotations are more generic such as the one that accompanies a picture of kittens and notes that "it is not unusual for a cat to give birth to seven or eight kittens in a single litter." The appeal of this approach is a matter of taste. Some readers will find the information helpful and fun; others may find it distracting and at times only minimally relevant. It is obvious that considerable effort, thought, and research went into this effort. Readers willing to spend time checking out the captions will be rewarded beyond the simple enjoyment of the story.‘Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Heidi had never felt so happy in her life before. She drank in the golden sunlight, the fresh air, the sweet smell of the flowers, and wished for nothing better than to remain there forever. So the time went on, while to Heidi, who had so often looked up from the valley at the mountains above, these seemed now to have faces, and to be looking down at her like old friends.-- HeidiFew heroines are more beloved than Heidi, the spirited orphan who wins the hearts of her gruff grandfather, her lively friend Peter, and the lonely invalid, Clara.This story has been a favorite for more than a century.-- School Library Journal Excerpted from Heidi by Johanna Spyri All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Going Up to the Alm-Uncle
Frankfurt
Good Deeds
The Visit

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