Heidi is a work of children's fiction published in by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, originally children" (as quoted from its subtitle). Heidi is one of the best- selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature. The story of Heidi was written over one hundred years ago, however, it is far a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked children's books every 1, 2. Little orphan Heidi goes to live high in the Alps with her gruff grandfath Recommended to K.D. by: Must Read Books (Children's). Shelves: childrens,
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Apr 1, Heidi by Johanna Spyri is a classic children's story loved by many people. I would recommend this book because it was very enjoyable and I. Jul 25, This beautiful and charming story is about an orphaned girl named Heidi who is sent away from her aunt to live with her grandfather in the. May 27, Sometimes when you read a "classic", it can turn out to be a disappointment. Not so with this book. The story is about an orphan girl, Heidi, who.
With each season that passes, the mountaintop inhabitants grow more attached to Heidi. Three years later, Dete returns to take Heidi to Frankfurt to be a hired lady's companion to a wealthy girl named Clara Sesemann, who is regarded as an invalid.
Clara is charmed by Heidi's simple friendliness, and delights in all the funny mishaps brought about by Heidi's lack of experience with city life. Soon, Heidi becomes terribly homesick and grows alarmingly pale and thin. Her one diversion is learning to read and write, motivated by her desire to go home and read to Peter's blind grandmother.
Clara's paternal grandmother comes to visit the children and becomes a friend to Heidi. She teaches Heidi that she can always seek relief from misery by praying to God.
After months pass, the Frankfurt household is brought near hysteria by nightly sightings of what appears to be a ghost. When Clara's father and his friend, Clara's doctor, keep awake one night to find out what is causing the disturbances, they see that the "ghost" is actually just Heidi, who's sleepwalking in her nightgown. The doctor sees that Heidi is under a great deal of stress, and warns Mr. Sesemann that if Heidi is not sent home promptly, she may become very ill. Soon, a joyous Heidi returns to the mountains, where she teaches her grandfather about the comfort of prayer and reassures him that it's never too late to turn back to God.
Her simple lesson prompts her grandfather to descend to the village and attend a church service for the first time in years, marking an end to his seclusion.
He's heartily welcomed back by the church pastor and the villagers. Heidi and Clara continue to keep in touch and exchange letters. A visit by the doctor to Heidi leads him to eagerly recommend that Clara visit Heidi, feeling assured that the fresh mountain air and the wholesome companionship will do her good.
Clara makes the journey again the next season and spends a wonderful summer with Heidi and becomes stronger on goat's milk and fresh mountain air.
But Peter, who grows jealous of Heidi's and Clara's friendship, pushes her empty wheelchair down the mountain to its destruction, although he later feels guilty about what he did and confesses to it. She was from Zurich, which was a world away from our lifestyle in the mountains. She often came to visit and have chats with my grandfather," Schwaller recalls.
Household name The Schwallers were happy to have a story written about them but they had no idea how much the book would change their lives. It wasn't long before Heidi became a household name at home and abroad. Although she had been engaged to her childhood companion Peter, she was persuaded by Boschung to break it off and instead improve her education. She later married the manager but the union did not last.
I took a step back during those years; I wanted to be in my home country and when peace came, what I wanted most was to settle down. The couple went on to have four children. Schwaller reverted to her maiden name after Peter's death in Schwaller enjoys close contact with her family, including her three great-grandchildren.
She also likes to keep up with her fan mail and enjoys going for walks in the garden of Ruhetal. It has been translated from German into 50 languages and been filmed more than a dozen times, including one Shirley Temple version More than 50 million copies of Heidi books have been sold worldwide. In brief Johanna Spyri's novel Heidi tells the story of an orphan girl who is taken by an aunt to live with her grandfather at the age of five. He tells Clara that they can travel to Switzerland and visit Heidi later.
Clara then insists on watching Heidi's trunk being packed so that she can choose which of her own clothes be given to Heidi. Tinette dresses Heidi in her best clothes but does not speak to her. Herr Sesemann himself is the first person to tell Heidi that she is going home.
Heidi rushes up to Clara's bedroom, she sees her trunk already packed. Clara gives Heidi a basket containing twelve soft white bread rolls as a present for Peter's grandmother. Heidi guesses that the book which she was given by Frau Sesemann, her old red shawl and her old straw hat have not been packed. She goes to her bedroom to get them and puts them in the basket with the bread rolls.
Fraulein Rottenmeier tries to stop Heidi from taking the old shawl and hat with her but Herr Sesemann says she can take them. The train arrives in Maienfeld , the nearest station to Heidi's home. Sebastian is relieved to find a man on a cart who will take Heidi to Dorfli. Heidi says that she can make her own way from Dorfli to her grandfather's house. Sebastian gives Heidi a letter for her grandfather and a bundle which he tells her not to lose.
The cart driver is the miller from Dorfli. He has never seen Heidi before but he knows who she is. He wonders why she has come back. Heidi tells him that she could have stayed in Frankfurt but that she would rather be with her grandfather than anywhere else in the world.
The cart stops in Dorfli. Heidi tells the miller that her grandfather will send for her trunk later. A crowd of people gather around Heidi. She pushes her way through them, looking somewhat frightened.
They assume that she is frightened because she has to go back to live with her wicked grandfather. The miller says that this is not the case and that Heidi is going back to her grandfather's house by choice.
That night, all the people in Dorfli talk about how Heidi chose to go back to live with the frightening old Alm-Uncle. On the way up the mountain, Heidi passes Peter's house. Heidi goes inside. She is delighted to see Peter's grandmother still alive.
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She gives the old woman the twelve soft white bread rolls. Peter's mother comes in. She admires Heidi's dress and hat with a feather in it. Worried that her grandfather will not recognize her, Heidi takes off her dress, leaving only her petticoat. She puts on her red shawl and old straw hat. She offers her new hat to Peter's mother. Peter's mother refuses to take the hat but Heidi leaves it behind anyway. Heidi arrives at her grandfather's house as the sun is setting.
Alm-Uncle cries with joy when he sees Heidi again. He is, however, surprised to see her not looking like a fine young lady and wonders if she was made to leave Frankfurt.
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Heidi hands her grandfather the letter from Herr Sesemann and the bundle. Alm-Uncle tells Heidi that the bundle contains money for her and that she can spend it on clothes. When Heidi says that she has lots of new clothes already, Alm-Uncle tells her to put the money aside because she may need it later. Peter comes down the mountain. Peter has a lot of difficulty getting the goats to follow him instead of Heidi. That night, Heidi sleeps on a bed of fresh hay.
Ten times, Alm-Uncle climbs up the ladder to look in the window of the hayloft to see if Heidi is sleeping soundly.
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Each time, he sees that she is. The following day, a Saturday, Heidi goes to see Peter's grandmother again. The old woman talks about how much she enjoyed eating some of the soft white bread which Heidi gave her and says that she is already starting to feel stronger.
Peter's mother says that it is unfortunate that they cannot afford to eat like that every day. Heidi says that she has enough money to pay the baker in Dorfli to make one white bread roll a day for Peter's grandmother and two on Sunday. Peter's mother tells Heidi that her grandfather will have to decide how she is to spend her money. Heidi tells Peter's grandmother that she is now able to read.
She brings the old woman a lot of joy by reading her one of the hymn's from her prayer book. Heidi tells her grandfather how she plans to spend her money on Peter's grandmother.
He tries to dissuade her but she insists. Heidi says that God was right not to send her home straight away. If she had gone home straight away, she would only have had a few bread rolls for Peter's grandmother and would not have been able to read.
Heidi says that she will continue to pray every day and will not forget God because those who do suffer. Alm-Uncle agrees that this is true and asks if those who forget God can be forgiven. Heidi says that they can. She reads her grandfather her favorite story from the book that Frau Sesemann gave her, it is the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son.
That night, Alm-Uncle prays for the first time in many years. Heidi and her grandfather on their way to church. The following day, a Sunday, Heidi's grandfather announces that they are going to church. The arrival of Alm-Uncle and his granddaughter causes quite a stir among the congregation, although most people pay less attention to them after the sermon begins.
After the sermon, Alm-Uncle goes into the clergyman's house. He tells the clergyman that he will move to Dorfli in the winter so that Heidi can go to school. A crowd of people see Alm-Uncle go inside the clergyman's house. Some people say that Alm-Uncle must not be so bad after all. The miller says that he told them that already. Some people mention stories about the old man that they heard from Peter and his mother. The clergyman makes sure that everyone can see him shaking Alm-Uncle's hand when he leaves.
All of the people in the crowd then greet Heidi's grandfather as an old friend. They say they are happy to hear he will be living among them in Dorfli in the winter. Heidi's grandfather joins her when she goes inside Peter's house. Peter's grandmother is delighted to be able to talk to the old man for the first time in many years.
Peter's mother tries to return the hat which Heidi left behind. Alm-Uncle says that, if Heidi wants Peter's mother to keep it, she should keep it.
Peter's mother says that being in Frankfurt seems to have done Heidi a lot of good and wonders if she should send Peter there too. Peter arrives with a letter for Heidi that was sent to the post office in Dorfli.
The letter is from Clara. It says that she, her father and her grandmother will visit Heidi in the autumn. That summer, Clara's health worsens. In September, the doctor, whose own daughter has recently died and left him alone in the world, tells Herr Sesemann that Clara is not strong enough to travel to Switzerland.
Herr Sesemann has the idea that the doctor can go to Switzerland instead. He can see Heidi and tell Clara all about his visit afterwards. Clara is told the bad news. She accepts the decision because she knows that it is for her own good.
She also encourages the doctor to go to Switzerland. He agrees to go the following day. With Fraulein Rottenmeier's help, Clara packs a large box full of presents for Heidi, her grandfather, Peter, his mother and his grandmother. Heidi sees the doctor coming up the mountain. She is pleased to see him because she knows that it was on his advice that Herr Sesemann sent her home.
The doctor tells Heidi that Clara and her grandmother are not with him but that they will come to visit her the following spring. Heidi is sad to hear this. She then sees that the doctor looks sad too. To try to cheer him up, Heidi says that spring will soon come. Heidi takes the doctor up the mountain to meet her grandfather. Alm-Uncle advises the doctor to stay in the local inn in Dorfli instead of going back to Ragatz.
He says that he can guide the doctor around the mountains. The doctor tells Heidi that something is coming which should make Heidi happier than seeing him again. A porter arrives carrying the box full of presents from Clara.
Heidi is very happy with her presents but says that she was happier to see the doctor again. Heidi asks the doctor if he would like to accompany her, Peter and the goats up the mountain the next day. The doctor agrees.
Alm-Uncle accompanies the doctor down to Dorfli. Heidi goes to Peter's house to deliver the presents from Clara. Peter hardly talks to the doctor the following day. He resents how much Heidi talks to the man and makes angry gestures at the doctor behind his back. Heidi enjoys telling the doctor everything she knows about the flowers that grow on the mountain. The doctor believes that he cannot fully enjoy the beautiful view on the mountain because he has sadness in his heart. He tells Heidi so.
She advises the doctor to tell his problems to God. The doctor asks what he should do if God were the cause of his sadness. Heidi tells him that, although people do not understand it, God always has a plan. She sings one of the hymns that she remembers from Peter's grandmother's hymn book. The doctor is reminded of his mother who used to sing the same hymn to him. When Heidi waves good-bye to him, the doctor is reminded of his late daughter.
Alm-Uncle guides the doctor around the mountains every day. On many days, the doctor accompanies Heidi when she goes out as well. At the end of his stay, he tells Heidi that he wishes she could go back to Frankfurt with him. Heidi sees that the man has tears in his eyes. She tells the doctor that she will go with him and she cries too. The doctor tells Heidi that she does not have to go with him now.
He asks if she will come to join him when he is old, ill and alone. Heidi agrees. In winter, Heidi and her grandfather temporarily leave their home on the mountain and move into the village of Dorfli.
The house in which they stay is a large one but the rent is cheap because the house is old and dilapidated. Fortunately, Alm-Uncle knows how to repair everything that needs fixing. Heidi goes to school everyday.
Peter is usually absent, although he often goes to visit Heidi in the evening. Alm-Uncle berates Peter for not going to school and threatens to beat him if he does not start going there more regularly. Heidi asks her grandfather if she can go to visit Peter's grandmother. He says that she cannot because it is not safe to walk up the mountain when it is covered in soft snow.
He tells her that she will have to wait until the snow freezes. When the snow finally freezes solid and Heidi is able to visit Peter's grandmother, she finds the old woman ill in bed with a cold. Peter's grandmother explains that she is wearing a heavy shawl because her bedclothes are thin. She adds that her pillow has become almost completely flat as a result of many years of use. The old woman takes some comfort in Heidi reading a hymn to her.
Heidi knows that it will be a long time before she is able to visit Peter's grandmother again. She wonders how Peter's grandmother can be kept happy in the meantime. So that he can read hymns to his grandmother, Heidi decides to teach Peter to read.
He protests that he has already tried to learn to read and failed. Heidi reminds Peter that his mother has talked about sending him to Frankfurt.
She says that, if he went to Frankfurt, he would have to go to a boy's school where all the teachers are much stricter than the one teacher in Dorfli. She adds that all the other students would laugh at Peter's inability to read. Peter agrees to let Heidi teach him. After three weeks of lessons, Peter is able to read hymns to his grandmother. Peter's grandmother is happy that her grandson is able to read to her, although she still looks forward to Heidi coming to read to her again in the spring.
She has a feeling that Peter is missing things out when he reads. She is right. Peter always skips any word which he thinks is too difficult to read and ends up skipping a lot. In May, Heidi receives a letter from Clara. In the letter, Clara says that she and her grandmother will be coming to visit Heidi, explaining that she has to spend six weeks at the baths in Ragatz first for her health.
Clara adds that Fraulein Rottenemeier will not be coming with her and that her father will not be coming with her either because he has to travel for business again. Clara also says in her letter that the doctor often talks about his visit to Dorfli and that he looks much younger and happier than he used to. Heidi is delighted that Clara will soon be coming to visit her. Peter is not happy that Heidi will be spending time with another friend.
Peter's grandmother worries that the visitors will take Heidi away to Frankfurt again.
One day at the end of June, Heidi sees Clara, her grandmother and several porters coming up the mountain. Clara is carried in a sedan chair. A porter pushes her empty wheelchair. After the porters leave, Clara and her grandmother both admire the view.
Clara is impressed by the flowers that grow near Alm-Uncle's house. Heidi tells her that much more beautiful flowers grow higher up the mountain where Peter takes the goats. When the time comes for Clara and her grandmother to leave, Clara says that she wants to see inside Heidi's house. Alm-Uncle has to carry her inside because Her wheelchair will not fit through the door. Alm-Uncle says that Clara can stay with Heidi for a month. Frau Sesemann agrees to this.
A soft bed is made for Clara in the hayloft from coats and shawls. Frau Sesemann decides that she does not want to stay in Dorfli on her own and decides to return to Ragatz.
Peter comes down the mountain with the goats. Clara is glad to finally meet all the goats that she has heard so much about. Peter stands aside and casts some unfriendly looks at Clara. He does not speak to either Clara or Heidi. At night, Clara spends a long time looking at the stars before she falls asleep.
She hardly ever saw stars from her thick-curtained house in Frankfurt. Clara spends all of the first full day of her visit with Heidi sitting outside. It is the first time that she has ever spent an entire day outdoors. Also for the first time in her life, Clara enjoys her food and sleeps well.
Clara and Heidi both write to Frau Sesemann every day and both tell her how much healthier Clara is becoming. Alm-Uncle even encourages Clara to stand for a few minutes each day. She does this, even those she says that it hurts her. As Clara enjoys watching the sunset one evening, Heidi says that the sunset looks even more beautiful higher up the mountain.
She says that the flowers are more beautiful up there too. Heidi longs to go up the mountain once more. She asks her grandfather if she and Clara can go up the mountain with Peter and the goats the next day. Alm-Uncle replies that he will take Clara up there if she will stand for him now. Clara does as she is asked.
Heidi sees Peter coming down the mountain. She excitedly tells him that she and Clara will be going up the mountain with him the following day. Peter grumbles a response. The following morning, Peter is feeling angry because Heidi has not been up the mountain with him all summer and will only be going up with him that day in the company of Clara. He is certain that Heidi will pay much more attention to Clara than to him that day. Peter sees Clara's empty wheelchair outside Alm-Uncle's house.
He thinks that if he gets rid of the chair, Clara will have to go home. He pushes the chair down the mountain slope. It eventually falls, lands in Dorfli and breaks into pieces. Peter runs up the mountain without taking Little Swan or Little Bear with him. Clara, Heidi and her grandfather notice that the wheelchair is missing. They think that the wind must have blown it away. Alm-Uncle also notices that Peter is late. They decide not to wait for Peter and to take Little Swan and Little Bear up the mountain themselves.
Alm-Uncle carries Clara. He asks him if he knows anything about Clara's wheelchair. Peter feigns ignorance. Alm-Uncle puts Clara down and says that he will come back in the evening. He goes off to look for Clara's wheelchair. Heidi wants to go to the spot where the most beautiful flowers grow. She leads the goat Snowflake towards Clara, so that Clara will not be left alone. Heidi thinks that the flowers are so beautiful that she wants Clara to see them too. She calls out to Peter, who is sitting alone away from the two girls, and says that she wants his help.
He refuses to help.
Heidi says that she will do something that Peter does not like if he does not help her. Heidi means that she will not let Peter have any lunch. He agrees to help because he thinks she knows he destroyed Clara's wheelchair and will tell on him. Heidi and Peter stand on either side of Clara and start to carry her. Clara begins to walk herself.
It hurts a lot at first but hurts less after a while. With the help of Heidi and Peter, Clara walks towards the flowers. After spending several hours among the flowers, Clara, Heidi and Peter walk back to the spot where Alm-Uncle left them. When Alm-Uncle returns, he is delighted to see that Clara can walk.
He says, however, that Clara should not overdo it straight away. He carries her back down the mountain. That evening in Dorfli, Peter sees a crowd of people gathered around something.
He finds that they are gathered around the remains of Clara's smashed wheelchair. The baker says that, when Clara's father finds out what has happened, he will make inquiries and suspicion will fall on anyone who was on the mountain that morning. Peter begins to feel guilty and worries that a police officer will come from Frankfurt to arrest him. Clara walks a little more each day.
They do as they are asked but do not tell Clara's grandmother why they want her to see them. Peter delivers a letter to Heidi and then runs off.She says that she is but the doctor can see that she is not. The part of the book I enjoyed most is when Heidi makes a new friend called Clara. Alienation of the subject matter: It doesn't take much to stain a current opinion, leaching backward to taint what was so beloved.
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