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Heidi [Kindle Edition]

Johanna Spyri
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPPYJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #896 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Popular 3 May 2011
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is probably the best, and definitely the most read tale by Johanna Spyri. This is also the original and only Heidi tale by the author, there are at least two other Heidi books, but these were not written by, or endorsed by Johanna Spyri.

I must admit that when I was little I did see an adaptation of this on tv, but it was always much more popular with my little sister, so seeing this was free, I thought why not give it a go. If you have never read this before, I should warn you that there is a strong Christian ethos at times in this tale, but not overbearingly so. Heidi is an orphan, and when her aunt gets the chance of a good job she leaves Heidi with her grandfather, a man living in isolation from the rest of the town, in the mountains. Living there, she makes friends with Peter the goatherd, and his family, and surprisingly lives an idyllic life.

When her aunt returns on the scene, it is to take Heidi away to Germany, where she wants to use her to advance her own position, but although making friends, Heidi yearns for the Alps. Full of little adventures and incidents, wherever Heidi goes she is bound to make friends. Getting into all kinds of scrapes, but not out of any mischeiviousness, this is a tale that still appeals to little girls especially, but it is still very readable for adults. If you haven't read this for ages, then why not try it again, and if you have never read it before like me, then you may find that you are easily immersed in the tale.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I downloaded this book and it's FREE! 20 Sept. 2011
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Having recently been in the mountains, I was reminded of the book "Heidi" that I read when I was a little girl. I remembered too the tv series/film and resolved to get hold of a copy and read it again on my return home.

I'm delighted that I did. I loved this book and, after a period of some 36 years, it has lost none of its charm. This is truly a children's classic but also for adults too. The description of the mountains, the seasons, of nature in all its glory and the childish joy of seeing wonderous sights brought me so much joy and stayed with me for some time after I had read the last page.

It's free, seriously there is no reason not to get this book and read it.
Take yourself to an age of innocence and charm. You will be rewarded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heidi Published 24 March 2011 13 Nov. 2011
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Format:Kindle Edition
Although it is many years since I read this book, I was slightly disappointed with this version of the story. My book (which still have a copy) was re printed by Puffin in 1962 translated by Eileen Hall from the German. It goes into more detail for instant this books starts "From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the foot of the mountains" my copy starts "The pretty little Swiss town of Mayenfeld lies at the foot of a mountain range, whose grim rugged peaks tower high above the valley below". If allowed, I would be quite willing to type my version for people to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going back in time to my childhood. 5 Aug. 2011
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Heidi is one of the classics that I had read as a child. I noticed the Kindle edition and could not resist rereading it. Well...I enjoyed it, it is not my favourite of the classics but was worth reading once more.
Heidi as a child is taken to her Grandfather who lives by himself on a mountain. He is considered grumpy but Heidi manages to open up his heart and bring the good out of him. Later she is taken away to Frankfurt to be a friend to a "crippled" girl and becomes very homesick and finally is sent back to her mountains. Wherever she goes Heidi brings a change for the better in some people.
What struck me reading this as an adult is Heidi's "awe" and her love of the beauty in nature and of the small things in life.
TBR again as an adult if you enjoyed as a child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, calm entertainment 4 Mar. 2015
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I just came across this because i'd seen the 'google doodle' about the 100th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder (i think that was the occasion - it was definitely about her). i went to amazon to see if her books were available on kindle - they're not. but in looking for those, i came across this. It was FREE, so why not read it.

I actually enjoyed it. What i liked was the portrait (albeit limited) of life in 19th C Switzerland primarily. The descriptions of the houses, food, and daily life - obviously from the perspectives of the characters - were very interesting. (their attitudes towards bread, milk and cheese as primary dietary sources is amazing - not a vegetable in sight!).

Another reviewer mentioned the 'christian' point of view. Yes that's there, but i saw more of 'god' rather than any explicit christian ideology - however obviously that was the perspective. What i think more than anything is that the writing about theological issues just reflects the attitudes of the time - or perhaps the 'ideal' attitudes. I regarded it as every bit an artifact of the context (19thC western Europe) as the descriptions of the other elements in the story.

Anyway, for the price, you can't go wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 23 Mar. 2013
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This book would be enjoyable of any age. It`s a lovely story about a little girl and her grandfather and how their lives are much better with each other in it. Also about the friends she makes on the way and the lives she touch on the way. It does go on a bit about every little flower and animal but still enjoyable. A really good book.
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