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Heidi (Great Illustrated Classics) [Library Binding]

Johanna Spyri
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Jun 1992 Great Illustrated Classics
The story of Heidi was written over one hundred years ago, however, it is far from a period piece. In the Swiss Alps, where it is set, a hundred years is just the blink of an eye. We see in her the daughter that every mother dreams of having and every little girl dreams of being. Her presence makes us happy, and so her story has endured. This deluxe Children’s Classic edition is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, King Arthur and His Knights, Little Women, and The Secret Garden.
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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Abdo Pub Co (Jun 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0866119639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866119634
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1884 translation, somewhat emended (as he explains in a note) by John Githens, is satisfactorily brisk and clear. Ungerer's many drawings (copyright Zurich, 1978) are splendidly agile, ranging from sly caricatures to deft evocations of settings; the generous number of full-color illustrations are mellower and more sympathetic, without straying into the sentimentality this classic often provokes. A handsome setting for an old favorite. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About the cover artist: Based in Winter Park, Florida, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., a worldwide stationery and gift brand, is an artist best known for her whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering. She has created unique floral illustrated covers for the Puffin in Bloom book collection, which includes such classics as L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables," "Little Women "by Louisa May Alcott, and "A Little Princess "by Frances Hodgson Burnett. About the author: Johanna Louise Spyri (1827-1901) is one of the most famous children's writers in the world. She grew up in Hirzel, a small village in Switzerland and has written over twenty-five books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite 15 Oct 2013
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I always loved this story as a child and enjoyed re-visiting it. The characters still live and breathe and it's a lovely story for young girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heidi 9 July 2011
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i have bought this book as i am going to switzerland next year with the guides and was told it was a must read before i go
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an Excellent Book 2 July 2009
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The Book is Fantastic, I received it quickly and in excellent condition. I'm very pleased, Thankyou Best Wishes Stephen x
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 21 Sep 2008
Format:Library Binding
Heidi is the tale of a small girl's power for good. When she is sent to live in a city, comic chaos ensues, and eventually it is arranged that Heidi should return to the mountains. With her friend Peter, the goat-herd, the two children achieve wondrous changes in the community in which they live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Well Written, Charming, and Memorable 5 Oct 2007
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Modern adaptations tend to reduce HEIDI to the distastefully saccharine--and as such do a tremendous disservice to Swiss author Johanna Spyri, whose original 1880 novel is a surprisingly sophisticated work founded on a solid plot line and including exceptionally well-rounded characters and memorably rendered descriptions of both the Alpine peasantry and the German aristocracy.

When hardnosed Aunt Dete has the opportunity to secure better employment, she wastes little time in unloading five year old and orphaned Heidi on the child's grandfather, a Swiss peasant whose personal tragedies have led him to a life of isolation in the Alps. Heidi quickly penetrates her grandfather's superficial gruffness; he quickly grows to love the child and she in turn becomes a local favorite. Several years later, however, Dete is motivated by guilt to have second thoughts about the child's welfare, and snatches Heidi from the Alps to become the companion of the wealthy but invalid child Klara, who resides in Frankfurt.

Transported to this alien city so abruptly, Heidi pines for both the Alps and her grandfather even as she comes to love Klara. She also upsets the rigidly ordered household, personified by housekeeper by the unpleasant but comical Miss Rottenmeier. When Klara's sensible grandmother suggests Heidi take her problems to God, the child does precisely that, and after several disappointments discovers that her situation is part of a larger plan that will lead to a greater happiness for all concerned.

HEIDI was written at a time when children were expected to be able to read far beyond the scope of that which we expect of modern children. As a result, it is a children's novel written that is indeed a novel in every sense of the word, including length. It is indeed "wholesome," but in the best sense of the word, and although it is not in the least preachy it works through its story to encourage honesty, intergity, kindness, and an uncomplicated religious faith.

Unfortunately, our own age leans toward such children's literature as the poorly written Goosebumps series and sets up "Bratz" doll imagery as appropriate role models. In light of such, it is a bit difficult to imagine children reading HEIDI by their own choice. Nonetheless, it remains a truly charming work--the sort of reading that parents should encourage but sadly seldom do.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it as a child and as an adult! 15 Sep 2002
By LindaT - Published on Amazon.com
A while back when I was in my 30's (never mind how long ago that was!) I was sick with the flu, and I found a copy of HEIDI, so I crawled into a nice warm bed and re-read the book -- as an adult.
What insight into human nature! And as an adult I appreciated the dry, understated humor. I also appreciated the spiritual insights -- that God will give us what we desire, but sometims uses circumstances we don't like to teach us truths that we couldn't learn otherwise.
When I was a girl I was often turned off by what was called "good reading," but for some reason, I enjoyed Heidi and it never seemed sappy or corny.
Very much worth reading!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heidi 20 Jan 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Heidi is a very good book about a girl who is being switched from
family to family because nobody really wants her but she teaches
a little girl how to walk instead of using a wheelchair and teaches a boy how to read when nobody else believes she can do it
but she does and everybody learns to believe you can do something
if you just put your mind to it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes you Hungry to live in the Mountians! 24 Jan 2002
By "kristen1315" - Published on Amazon.com
Heidi is about a young girl that has lived with her Aunt Dete all of her life. Her Aunt has had enough of her so she sends her up a mountain to her Grandfather. The People of the town are very surprised at what Heidi's Aunt is about to do. They try to warn her but she won't listen. When Heidi and her Aunt get up the Alm, they find that the "Alm Uncle" is not very happy with their arrival. The Aunt doesn't care, she tells the Grandfather that she has taken care of the child long enough. She leaves and never comes back. After years of staying with her Granfather, Heidi learns how to live freely and finds new friends in high places. She learns about the mountains and the cold winters up on the Alm. As Heidi gets older her Aunt Dete comes up again and tells the Grandfather that Heidi needs to go to school. The Grandfather refuses, but eventually gives in. Dete takes Heidi to the city where she finds a new friend, Clara. Clara has to sit in a wheel chair. If you want to know why, read the book! Heidi gets into all kinds of mischieve there, she misses the mountains and can't understand why there aren't any trees. Heidi gets so homesick they have to send her back to the Alm. Clara and the other residents promise to visit her sometime in the summer. The book ends up that Clara and her Grandmother go and visit Heidi and they have the most wonderful time that they never wanted to leave. As there stay at the Alm goes on, the mountain air and hearty food strengthen Clara to where she can walk. Clara and her Grandmother leave with the promise of coming back again.
I really liked this book. It was very real, in a sense that brought you into the actual story. When I read the book, I almost wished I was there in the book listening to their conversations, or eating at their little dinner table. Whenever the book got to eating the meals, it was so real that I got hungry! I would definitely recommend this book to any age group. The author really describes the scenery to where you can picture it in your mind. I loved the book, and I am going to read again.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Endures Forever 22 May 2003
By Evelyn Horan - Published on Amazon.com
Heidi is one of the first books I read as a youngster. I can still recall the wonderful description of life in the mountainous Alps with her beloved grandfather. Then to be taken to a less happy home, away from the mountains, and to share in Heidi's daily-life experiences and page-turning adventures holds attention to the very end of the book, which ends happily, much to the reader's relief. Heidi is a character all young girls should get to know...
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