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Spyri, Johanna, 1827-1901.
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Publication Information:
Franklin, TN : Naxos Audio Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs (2 hrs., 30 min., 22 sec.) : digital + 4 3/4 in.
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.
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Compact discs.
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Audiobook on CD


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Orchard Park Library XX(1251741.10) Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Williamsville Library XX(1251741.29) Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Eggertsville-Snyder Library XX(1251741.42) Juvenile Audiobook on CD Open Shelf
Williamsville Library XX(1251741.45) Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Eggertsville-Snyder Library XX(1251741.47) Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Crane Branch Library J FICTION CD Juvenile Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Initially, life in the Swiss Alps proves to be rather difficult for Heidi, but eventually she wins the heart of her grandfather and befriends Peter, a young goatherd

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)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Listeners will enjoy this sunny version of the 19th century classic by Johanna Spyri. This story has been a favorite for more than a century, and the fresh format should be well-received by a new generation of children. The abridgement is well done, streamlining the storyline for modern ears but leaving in all the essential plot elements. British actress Teresa Gallagher has all the characters' voices well in hand, making it easy to discern their different personalities. She is supported by interludes of appropriate 19th century classical music that provides occasional breaks in the action and lends authenticity to the performance. A simple story that takes place in the Swiss Alps, Heidi goes up into the mountain to live with Grandfather, a gruff old man with a heart of gold, and spends many idyllic days helping Peter the goatherd. She is sent to Frankfurt to be a companion to Clara, an invalid girl, but is so homesick that she returns to Grandfather and her beloved mountain. Eventually Clara comes to visit and learns to walk. This classic will continue to delight youngsters.-Maura Martin Smith, Somerset Elementary School, Shawnee Mission, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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