Heidi | Summary, Characters, & Facts | donkeytime.orgIt was written as a book "for children and those who love 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. Heidi  is an orphaned girl initially raised by her maternal aunt Dete in Maienfeld , Switzerland after the early deaths of her parents, Tobias and Adelheid Dete's brother-in-law and sister. He has been at odds with the villagers and embittered against God for years and lives in seclusion on the alm , which has earned him the nickname 'The Alm-Uncle'. He briefly resents Heidi's arrival, but the girl's evident intelligence and cheerful yet unaffected demeanor soon earn his genuine, if reserved, affection. Heidi enthusiastically befriends her new neighbors, young Peter the goatherd , his mother, Brigitte, and his blind maternal grandmother. With each season that passes, the mountaintop inhabitants grow more attached to Heidi.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri Kid Lit Book Review
Heidi: behind the scenes of a Swiss myth
Buy from Amazon. Heidi is by far the most popular piece of Swiss literature ever written and has been translated from German into 50 languages, been filmed more than a dozen times, and more than 50 million copies of Heidi books have been sold world-wide Switzerland's population is only 7 million The orphan child Heidi first lives with her aunt Dete, but Dete would like to concentrate on her career. Alm-Uncle is good-hearted but mistrusts anybody and wants to keep the child from all evils of the world. This all too harmonious apine idyll finds a sudden end when aunt Dete comes in again and brings Heidi to Frankfurt Germany where she shall stay with Clara, the paralyzed daughter of a rich family, and learn something. Thanks to the grandmother of Clara, Heidi learns to read but she can't get acquainted to the strict discipline in a bourgeois upper class house personified by governess Fraulein Rottenmeier.
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 has been sent to live with a lonely, angry man at the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. This man is her grandfather. Heidi had been previously living with her Aunt Dete, but now Dete has been appointed to a job in Frankfurt. There is no way she is going to turn down this job to look after Heidi; she has to go. Surprisingly, Heidi's grandfather turns out to be welcoming and loving and lets Heidi stay in his mountain home, which she adores.
Johanna Louise Spyri was a Swiss-born author of novels, notably children's stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. In the s, Johanna Heusser married Bernhard Spyri. Bernhard was a lawyer. Her first story, A Leaf on Vrony's Grave , which deals with a woman's life of domestic violence , was published in ; the following year further stories for both adults and children appeared, among them the novel Heidi , which she wrote in four weeks. Heidi tells the story of an orphan girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps , and is famous for its vivid portrayal of the landscape. Her husband and her only child, named Bernhard, both died in Alone, she devoted herself to charitable causes and wrote over fifty more stories before her death in