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30 review for Heidi

  1. 5 out of 5

    biblio_mom (Aiza)

    A fun and warm-hearted read I would say. I read this book out aloud to my kid and he likes it. My favourite part is when Heidi is determined to learn how to read, finally able to read and discovers a lot of amazing books. She then teaches her friend, Peter, to read and that's what I like about Heidi. She's so determined, kind, and inspiring. A fun and warm-hearted read I would say. I read this book out aloud to my kid and he likes it. My favourite part is when Heidi is determined to learn how to read, finally able to read and discovers a lot of amazing books. She then teaches her friend, Peter, to read and that's what I like about Heidi. She's so determined, kind, and inspiring.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ronk

    Not impressed with this adaptation. So much was cut out or CHANGED in the story! Stick with the full version. But do know the translations do differ in the full versions as well. We had three translations discussed at book club and I was very surprising that we even noticed anything different. (Seemed like only minor things but still!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    read this years ago when I was still in elementary school and years later

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aspen

    I wish I had read this book as a girl. I would have loved it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue Oshin

    Heidi, a story of a girl who brings many changes to one's life. She lives on the mountain with her grandfather until one day her aunt returns to the village from the city to invite Heidi to stay in the city. Her grandfather was reluctant to let go of Heidi but had to because of Heidi's aunt's intention to give her a good life. Heidi however did not want to follow her aunt because she was happy to live here with a grandfather and also a shepherd boy named Peter. Bcs of her aunt's persuasion, Heid Heidi, a story of a girl who brings many changes to one's life. She lives on the mountain with her grandfather until one day her aunt returns to the village from the city to invite Heidi to stay in the city. Her grandfather was reluctant to let go of Heidi but had to because of Heidi's aunt's intention to give her a good life. Heidi however did not want to follow her aunt because she was happy to live here with a grandfather and also a shepherd boy named Peter. Bcs of her aunt's persuasion, Heidi finally agreed. Heidi was taken to the home of a rich man, Mr.Sesemen who had a disabled daughter named Clara. Clara is Heidi's age but can't walk. She just sat at home alone with some maids hired by her father. Since Heidi's appearance in the house, Clara's life is no longer lonely. Clara's own tutor who always came home to teach Clara helped Heidi to read until she can learn and was good at reading and Clara's grandmother gave her a book that Heidi never tired of repeating until she was found sick because she missed everything at her hometown. Every night she will get up and walking in sleep and Clara's personal doctor asked Mr.Sesemen to take Heidi back to her village. They are reluctant but have to comply and promise to often keep in touch with Heidi. Heidi returned to the village with a happy feeling and brought the various supplies provided by Clara to her. After Heidi left, Clara got sick because she missed Heidi too much and she was lonely. Mr.Sesemen decided to send Clara's personal doctor to Heidi village to find out Heidi's condition. Coincidentally, the doctor also had personal problems after the death of his daughter. His life is depressed and when he lived at Heidi's place, his spirits returned and brought the news Clara had been waiting for. Clara decides to go to Heidi village with her grandmother. Once in the village, Clara did not want to go home because she was comfortable with the surrounding her different from life in the city. Clara was taught by Heidi's grandfather to walk and no longer use a wheelchair. This good news finally reached the knowledge of Clara's grandmother and father. They were happy and quite indebted to Heidi's family and asked Heidi's grandfather to express his desire for what could be helped as a gift. But Heidi’s grandfather just asks them to take care of Heidi because his life is no longer soon and Heidi has no one else but him. Mr.Sesemen was eager with the request because Heidi is already considered her own child. The conclusions that can be drawn from the whole story are: -Heidi is good at reading. -Clara can walk -His grandfather who is anti to the community that was once on the island has started to be gentle and start socializing with people. -Peter's grandmother can feel a little pleasure given to Heidi even though she is blind. -Peter is good at reading and this makes his teacher and mother proud.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Warning! Summary ahead!! Big spoilers! This was a heartwarming NOVEL telling the story of Heidi, a girl who was sent to live with her “weird” grandfather up in the mountains. After her grandfather refused to send her to school, she was sent away to live in the city with Clara, a rich, lonely, handicapped girl. The two became friends but Heidi really missed the mountains and her grandfather and became essentially depressed, so they sent her back to the mountains. Months later Clara visited her an Warning! Summary ahead!! Big spoilers! This was a heartwarming NOVEL telling the story of Heidi, a girl who was sent to live with her “weird” grandfather up in the mountains. After her grandfather refused to send her to school, she was sent away to live in the city with Clara, a rich, lonely, handicapped girl. The two became friends but Heidi really missed the mountains and her grandfather and became essentially depressed, so they sent her back to the mountains. Months later Clara visited her and was so happy there that she began to walk. What a miracle. Overall message which was explicitly spelled out in the novel, money can only buy things but it can never bring health or happiness. Overall, this book was pretty predictable. The writing sucked and there were some errors such as missed periods, which I found to be super surprising. I felt like I was reading a middle schoolers story. But I did really enjoy the pictures and that it was a quick read. Do fairy books have pictures? This is my petition to require all books to have a page of pictures for every page of text. And to use font size 20 and only be 200 pages. Also they roasted Heidi for being named Heidi...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Well, re-reading this didn't ruin it for me, but there was a lot that I didn't remember. Heidi is quite a precocious child, lol. The book is quite preachy with lots of talk about doing right with God, but overall I enjoyed the story again. Well, re-reading this didn't ruin it for me, but there was a lot that I didn't remember. Heidi is quite a precocious child, lol. The book is quite preachy with lots of talk about doing right with God, but overall I enjoyed the story again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Surya

    Another awesome book I enjoyed reading during school days. For a long time, sometimes even now when I drinking milk, I used to imagine myself drinking "Goat milk from the mountains" and growing stronger. Ha ha.. Another awesome book I enjoyed reading during school days. For a long time, sometimes even now when I drinking milk, I used to imagine myself drinking "Goat milk from the mountains" and growing stronger. Ha ha..

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Balshan

    2.5 stars [Children's] (W: 3, T: 2.5, P: 2.5, O: 2.75) Exact rating: 2.69 An idyll set in Alpine Switzerland. Heidi is a girl whose innocence and joy improve everyone's lives around her, wherever she goes. The other hero of the book is sunshine and nature, which performs miracles of healing maladies emotional, spiritual, and physical. In fact, this book could be seen as an apologetic for rural simplicity. There are some uncommon truths here about living simply and joyousness in living, though I con 2.5 stars [Children's] (W: 3, T: 2.5, P: 2.5, O: 2.75) Exact rating: 2.69 An idyll set in Alpine Switzerland. Heidi is a girl whose innocence and joy improve everyone's lives around her, wherever she goes. The other hero of the book is sunshine and nature, which performs miracles of healing maladies emotional, spiritual, and physical. In fact, this book could be seen as an apologetic for rural simplicity. There are some uncommon truths here about living simply and joyousness in living, though I considered the total effect a bit ham-handed, as if the author was implying that no good was in the world save that which a Volkisch air could impart. Post Script: This book, a Great Illustrated Classic, was adapted by Deirdre S. Laikin. It is possible Laikin altered, for good or ill, some of the elements of the original German story written in 1880. So the merits of the original story should not be judged until a reading of non-adapted translation is read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Enand

    *Watch Out: Little Spoilers* Without a shadow of a doubt, young children have lovely, innocent spirits. They are filled with kindness and pure joy and seem to always bring laughter and peace to the hearts of all they are acquainted with. Well, Heidi was absolutely no exception. Truthfully speaking, I fell in love with her. She was so selfless: She wanted everyone to be happy, even if it was at the expense of her happiness. What I'm trying to say is that any child or adult who reads this book will *Watch Out: Little Spoilers* Without a shadow of a doubt, young children have lovely, innocent spirits. They are filled with kindness and pure joy and seem to always bring laughter and peace to the hearts of all they are acquainted with. Well, Heidi was absolutely no exception. Truthfully speaking, I fell in love with her. She was so selfless: She wanted everyone to be happy, even if it was at the expense of her happiness. What I'm trying to say is that any child or adult who reads this book will fall into the trap of Heidi's light. More about the novel: It started with Heidi's aunt, Dete, bringing the 4 or 5-year-old orphan to the little girl's grandfather's home in Alm mountain. Alm-Uncle (the name which he was known for), the grandfather, cast himself away in the mountain after his son and daughter-in-law died and people blamed him for their death. Anyway, Heidi was a joy to his life. She brought a smile to his face and filled his heart with happiness. Then, after three years or so, Heidi's aunt returned and took Heidi to Frankfurt, a city, with the purpose of Heidi being a companion to Clara, a 12-year-old girl who had polio, I believe. (The exact illness was not stated, but one could infer from the details provided that it was indeed polio.) The two--Clara and Heidi--became so close. For Clara, Heidi was a charm, bringing excitement to what would have otherwise remained a dry life. However, there was an issue: Heidi terribly missed the mountains. Consequently, she slept walk. This was quite dangerous because there was a possibility that she could fall off somewhere. In response to this, the doctor urged Herr Sesemann, father of Clara, to send her home. So, she returned back to the mountains, and although she was delighted at that, she felt sadness from the fact that she would be away from Clara. With Heidi being back on the mountains with her grandfather, the goats, Peter, grandmother, the Fir tree, the sun . . . everything nice the mountains had to offer, once again things were going well in the life of Heidi. She acknowledged and was intently thankful that God didn't give her what she wanted immediately, but rather waited until his time to fulfill her prayers. (Her relationship with God is a beautiful one.) Furthermore, the doctor and Clara with her grandmamma and father did visit the mountains; and of course with Heidi being involved everything was just right. I just have to say that because of Heidi's interaction or involvement with some characters, like the grandfather, grandmother, Peter, the doctor, and Clara, positive things happened in their lives. The grandfather was no longer living in exile, for he made peace with the people of dorfli; grandmother life significantly improved; Peter learnt to read (I absolutely love the way she taught him) and also learnt other important lessons; the doctor was finally stripped off from the deep pain that sought to destroy him after the death of his wife and daughter; and a very big one and important milestone was that Clara could finally walk! There is so much more to this novel that I didn't reveal in this review, so I encourage you to read the novel in order to grasp everything it has to offer. This book is a delight . . . just an amazing parcel of joy! Refreshing

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I read this [I have no idea of the actual dates, I am just using a date that is around the time we were there knowing no one and I was buried in books] I think for the first time around the time I went into the 5th grade [we moved to my Grandparent's when I was starting the 5th grade, and we were there for the summer with no friends and they had a bunch of books that had been my Mom's and so I blew through them all] and possibly read it a couple times again. I don't remember much about it as I d I read this [I have no idea of the actual dates, I am just using a date that is around the time we were there knowing no one and I was buried in books] I think for the first time around the time I went into the 5th grade [we moved to my Grandparent's when I was starting the 5th grade, and we were there for the summer with no friends and they had a bunch of books that had been my Mom's and so I blew through them all] and possibly read it a couple times again. I don't remember much about it as I didn't really like it that much. My head was filled with Trixie Belden and nonfiction biographies [the library in our new town was MUCH bigger than the one I was used to and had a huge NF section in the kids department] and I was starting to read the Readers Digest Condensed books as well and so books that were more geared to my actual age bracket were barely tolerated by me. I have gone back and reread books because of that. I doubt I will in this case, but I am glad I found the actual edition I read and I am glad that I did read the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Peterson

    I thought that this was a really easy and fun book to read. It's all about a girl named Heidi and it tells about how she is raised when she has to live with her grandfather, and the love she soon has for him. One of the themes of this book is definitely that you can change your heart. Heidi's grandfather's heart was so sad and was so cold, but she was able to change that through love and was able to make a lasting impression on him, and he will be thankful to her for that, for the rest of his li I thought that this was a really easy and fun book to read. It's all about a girl named Heidi and it tells about how she is raised when she has to live with her grandfather, and the love she soon has for him. One of the themes of this book is definitely that you can change your heart. Heidi's grandfather's heart was so sad and was so cold, but she was able to change that through love and was able to make a lasting impression on him, and he will be thankful to her for that, for the rest of his life. It was a great book, especially since it's a classic, and just fun to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    I loved this book so much! It's a classic for a reason, it's just a very special book, one that will make you feel happy, with a very satisfying ending :D I loved this book so much! It's a classic for a reason, it's just a very special book, one that will make you feel happy, with a very satisfying ending :D

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    It seems I have loved the story, Heidi, almost my whole life. I love so many things about this book both inside and out. Originally published in 1881, much of this story is about the life of a young orphaned girl whom we get to see grow up. Heidi seems to be a friend to all she meets and we find the mountain life not only suits her but others as well. If you have ever read the book, perhaps you too would like to escape to the Swiss town of Mayenfeld or the mountain life. It also recognizes Heidi's It seems I have loved the story, Heidi, almost my whole life. I love so many things about this book both inside and out. Originally published in 1881, much of this story is about the life of a young orphaned girl whom we get to see grow up. Heidi seems to be a friend to all she meets and we find the mountain life not only suits her but others as well. If you have ever read the book, perhaps you too would like to escape to the Swiss town of Mayenfeld or the mountain life. It also recognizes Heidi's need to protect nature and animals. We learn of the big library filled with books in the chapter titled, "The Joy of Reading." I love that they took turns reading and sometimes they read aloud. More importantly, this books speaks to helping those in need like her family and special friend Clara who finds joy in life as well. And we see that Heidi is wanted and will never have to feel alone

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    For my last book review (book review #8) I choose this awesome book called Heidi, It has two hundred and sixty nine pages, This book has twenty two chapters and it's written by Johanna Spyry and this book talks about one girl that is named Heidi she is a five year old girl, Her dad and her mom died in an accident, his grandfather took Heidi to live with him. Heidi wasn't that sad at all with her grandfather, the grandpa's job is being a farmer, but not in the City no in the farm, in the mountains For my last book review (book review #8) I choose this awesome book called Heidi, It has two hundred and sixty nine pages, This book has twenty two chapters and it's written by Johanna Spyry and this book talks about one girl that is named Heidi she is a five year old girl, Her dad and her mom died in an accident, his grandfather took Heidi to live with him. Heidi wasn't that sad at all with her grandfather, the grandpa's job is being a farmer, but not in the City no in the farm, in the mountains, and grandpa and Heidi live in the old town of Mayenfeild, the grandpa and Heidi don't live alone they live with Heidi's uncle Heidi calls him the Alm-Uncle, they live together with Dete, Klara, Peter, Sebastian, the grandmama and Dorfli too. This book will be for the ones that love adventure but I highly recommend this book to childrens way more I give four stars to this awesome book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Horst

    This book was a favorite of mine from childhood that I recently revisited as a read aloud for my three daughters. Things that had stuck with me since the first time I read the book were the beauty and wonder of the Swiss Alps, the relationship between Heidi and her grandfather, and Heidi's sense of adventure and bravery. Most of all her positivity and kindness always appealed to me. Reading it again as an adult I am enjoying those same elements. I realize I probably waited a little too long to p This book was a favorite of mine from childhood that I recently revisited as a read aloud for my three daughters. Things that had stuck with me since the first time I read the book were the beauty and wonder of the Swiss Alps, the relationship between Heidi and her grandfather, and Heidi's sense of adventure and bravery. Most of all her positivity and kindness always appealed to me. Reading it again as an adult I am enjoying those same elements. I realize I probably waited a little too long to pick this one up as a read aloud. The language is simple and probably for a younger audience than my current 14, 12 and 10 year olds. I am still struck with the desire to see the mountains that Heidi loved so much, and hear the wind whispering in the fir trees. I also can't shake the desire to try to toast a hunk of cheese over an open fire.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lara Bate

    Heidi by Johanna Spyri is about an orphaned girl who lived with her aunt. However when she was 5 her aunt was unable to look after her anymore as she found work over in Germany. Heidi then went to live with her grandfather who lived high up in the mountains. This is where Heidi met Peter and Peter's grandmother. When Heidi was a bit older her aunt visited again and mentioned that she would benefit from living in Germany with a wealthy family. Heidi went to Germany and learned to read and write. Heidi by Johanna Spyri is about an orphaned girl who lived with her aunt. However when she was 5 her aunt was unable to look after her anymore as she found work over in Germany. Heidi then went to live with her grandfather who lived high up in the mountains. This is where Heidi met Peter and Peter's grandmother. When Heidi was a bit older her aunt visited again and mentioned that she would benefit from living in Germany with a wealthy family. Heidi went to Germany and learned to read and write. This is where she met Clara, who was a sickly girl and was unable to walk. The family doctor saw that Heidi was homesick and recommended for her to move back to her grandfather's place. Clara came to visit however Peter became jealous and threw her wheelchair down the mountain. Clara was then able to learn to walk.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nadia Cortes

    I did not like this book very much. In my opinion, I thought that it was a bore. I do not know if the full version would is better, but it probably would be. There were some good things about the book. I like how the author showed that young kids can make a difference in people’s lives. I like how the author used a Heidi, a little girl, to change other people’s point of views in life. I wish that the author had put more plot into the story, or at least the shortened version. It would make a more I did not like this book very much. In my opinion, I thought that it was a bore. I do not know if the full version would is better, but it probably would be. There were some good things about the book. I like how the author showed that young kids can make a difference in people’s lives. I like how the author used a Heidi, a little girl, to change other people’s point of views in life. I wish that the author had put more plot into the story, or at least the shortened version. It would make a more improved story. Some of the things about the story were realistic. Children can really bring joy to other lives, but I do not think that the “mountain air” can cure a person of their illness. Overall, this book was not one of the best of the “Great Illustrated Classics.”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marie F 7

    Heidi is about a little girl that grew up a foster child but then lived with her aunt for about months, but then she was taken to her grandfather which was very weird because her grandfather was very angry and never showed emotion on his face, so a lot of people thought of him as a bad person and a person who killed his wife, there was an accident that happen with his wife, he was accused of killing his wife but what really happened was that a rock rolled down the high mountain and killed her. H Heidi is about a little girl that grew up a foster child but then lived with her aunt for about months, but then she was taken to her grandfather which was very weird because her grandfather was very angry and never showed emotion on his face, so a lot of people thought of him as a bad person and a person who killed his wife, there was an accident that happen with his wife, he was accused of killing his wife but what really happened was that a rock rolled down the high mountain and killed her. Heidi's grandpa lived in in the mountains so that was the reason why he was accused of killing his own wife. After awhile of settling in her grandpa's house the pastor of her church stopped by Heidi's house and asked her grandfather why doesn't he take Heidi to school, Heidi started to get curios and started to ask questions her self. Heidi's grandpa was so angry he sent the pastor off, and he yelled at Heidi for sending the pastor to ask for her. After that day Heidi's grandpa was angry with her so every time he would look at her he would just look at her a mean way, he kept his face like that for a long time until Heidi apologized to him then he would get over and told her to don't let it happen again before there will be consequences.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryle

    I read this as a child but wanted to re-read as I have forgotten much of it. Interesting read. Heidi, of the majestic Swiss Alps, finds beauty and wisdom in nature. Living in isolation with Grandfather and two goats, she develops a special feeling for the plants and animals in their hills and valleys. Her life changes when she is urged to study in a city. She befriends an invalid girl but is homesick for her mountain life. Adventures in her alpine home and with city friends will warm your heart. T I read this as a child but wanted to re-read as I have forgotten much of it. Interesting read. Heidi, of the majestic Swiss Alps, finds beauty and wisdom in nature. Living in isolation with Grandfather and two goats, she develops a special feeling for the plants and animals in their hills and valleys. Her life changes when she is urged to study in a city. She befriends an invalid girl but is homesick for her mountain life. Adventures in her alpine home and with city friends will warm your heart. This was published as a series of novels by Johanna Spyri in 1881.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Great Illustrated Classics versions are never as good as the originals, and this one is no exception. It's not overly bad, but a lot was taken out or changed to adapt it to an easier reading level, and it changed the tone of the book a lot. Again, not bad, but not something I would recommend over the original. The Great Illustrated Classics versions are never as good as the originals, and this one is no exception. It's not overly bad, but a lot was taken out or changed to adapt it to an easier reading level, and it changed the tone of the book a lot. Again, not bad, but not something I would recommend over the original.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    A very sweet story, even better than the Heidi Song VHS I wore out watching over and over again when I was a child. A bit preachy at times, but that seems to be a theme for any turn of the century female authors, and since it always seems to focus on just being thankful for what one has, I definitely don't mind as I kind of wish there was more of that in the world myself. A very sweet story, even better than the Heidi Song VHS I wore out watching over and over again when I was a child. A bit preachy at times, but that seems to be a theme for any turn of the century female authors, and since it always seems to focus on just being thankful for what one has, I definitely don't mind as I kind of wish there was more of that in the world myself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arnetha

    Orphaned Heidi is taken to live with her grandfather, a grumpy hermit. But the bond of love that grows between them is disrupted when Heidi is taken to live in the city as a companion to an invalid girl. This classic story has lost none of its joy and power, but its slow pace and old-fashioned ethos is not for everyone. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🙂

  24. 5 out of 5

    Subha Ganapathi

    Made an interesting read. The friendship and bonding between Clara and Heidi, and Peter and Heidi was beautiful. The walk on the mountains and the fresh goat milk are words that you will ever forever. A lovely book that I read as a child.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather Ryan

    This was my favorite book as a child and it definitely lives up to my fond memories of it. Obviously, it was a totally different experience reading it as an adult, as most children's books are. But even so, it had a pretty decent storyline, and really hit all of my nostalgia buttons. This was my favorite book as a child and it definitely lives up to my fond memories of it. Obviously, it was a totally different experience reading it as an adult, as most children's books are. But even so, it had a pretty decent storyline, and really hit all of my nostalgia buttons.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    Very simple, sweet and pleasing novel. This is a book that is a comfortable and sweet as a mug of hot cocoa. It's not the book for you if you're looking to read a really challenging or high stakes book this isn't the book for you. Very simple, sweet and pleasing novel. This is a book that is a comfortable and sweet as a mug of hot cocoa. It's not the book for you if you're looking to read a really challenging or high stakes book this isn't the book for you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allie Vera

    I'm sure the full edition is better, but this is the edition I had as a child so it sits quite close to my heart. I enjoy it even more now as it's so clear on every page how wholly and sweetly Spyri loved the Swiss Alps. I'm sure the full edition is better, but this is the edition I had as a child so it sits quite close to my heart. I enjoy it even more now as it's so clear on every page how wholly and sweetly Spyri loved the Swiss Alps.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    this is likely one of the most memorable books I’ve read. I feel like running around squealing when I remember reading this! It is a very unique book and it definitely gave me the childish feeling of spinning in circles and trying to be like Heidi. If you want something you’ll remember, read this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sophie BookWorm

    *3.5 A super cute abridged version of Heidi, with lovely illustrations. I really want to read the original Heidi now, and see if I enjoy the story as much as I liked this simple edition 🌲😍🐐

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lamya Faizal

    The book was more than all expectations...though this is abridged ....it was fun reading..and in love the pleasant girl Heidi....and her innocence ... An absolute beginner friendly classic...HAPPY READING!!

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