Check out my  Heidi book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Heidi is an 1880 children's book by the Swiss writer Johanna Spyri. It is named after the main character of the story, Heidi, a girl who lives in the Swiss Alps, near the Austrian border.

Heidi has made Spyri internationally famous and is one of the most widely read Swiss publications in the world. Full of innocence, she highlights human values ​​and love for nature.

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Spyri originally created the work in two parts: Heidi, in 1880, and Heidi Again, in 1881. Beginning in 1885, subsequent editions merged the two novels into one volume, and this is how the story is known throughout the world. . . . , since the translations were based on the unified novel. 1 2 3

For a long time, and because not much was known about Spyri's life, the character of Heidi was associated with the childhood of the author, who had actually been inspired by her own childhood experiences to create the protagonist. . of her novel. 4 5 Heidi is, however, the stereotype of the Swiss villager of the late nineteenth century and a cultural icon of her country.

Heidi book summary

Heidi is an orphaned Swiss girl (and whose real name is the same as her mother's, Adelheid [Adelaide], hence her shortened nickname Heidi), left in the care of her young aunt Dette, who works in a hotel in Bad Ragaz. . As soon as the woman finds a good job opportunity in Frankfurt am Main,

Germany, she takes the girl from Ragáz to live in the hometown of Dörfli (literally in Swiss German dialect, "small town"), in the Swiss commune from Maienfeld with his grandfather, whom he did not know, and whom the inhabitants called "The Old Man of the Alps", for being almost a hermit.

Heidi is captivated by life in the Alps, where she is in direct contact with nature. There she meets Pedro, a boy who is in charge of herding the villagers' goats, who will become the little girl's best friend and her adventure partner.

 Heidi spends a few years in the mountains living happily, although far from society, because her grandfather refuses to let her go to school. However, the little girl establishes a great friendship with Pedro's grandmother and mother.

A year after finishing the first novel, the second part appeared, Again Heidi, which narrated the adventures of the girl, far from the mountains at the hands of her aunt, who had hired her to accompany an invalid girl in Germany. .

 , called Klara Sesemann. Klara is part of one of the most important families in Frankfurt and suffers a life of confinement, accompanied only by the servants and Miss Rottenmeier, her governess, since both Klara's father and grandmother spend little time in the city. . for work.

 The confinement and rigidity of her upbringing ends up getting Heidi down, but she develops strong friendships with Klara and her family. Klara's father, aware of Heidi's depression, decides to send her back to the Swiss Alps.

Heidi would change the life of Klara's family. Shortly after her friend's departure, Klara is sent to visit her in the Alps, where she, amid beautiful landscapes and surrounded by the love of her grandfather, Pedro and Heidi, manages to walk, changing Klara's life. . Klara. her completely. 8

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