Heidi: The Years Of Learning And Travel

heidiYoung, orphaned Heidi lives with her Aunt Dete, but is taken to live with her good-hearted, but grumpy, grandfather in the mountains. Grandfather mistrusts everyone and hopes to protect Heidi from the evils of the world. Heidi makes friends with Peter, the goatherd, and they live in their idyllic mountain world until Dete appears again to take Heidi to Frankfurt (Germany) to live with Fraulein Rottenmeier and work as a companion to her granddaughter Clara, who cannot walk. Heidi suffers from homesickness and eventually returns to her grandfather. Heidi and Clara keep in touch and Clara visits to experience the joy and healing power of the mountains. Gorgeous watercolor paintings take readers to the Swiss Alps and reflect the beauty of the region as described by Spyri in this classic story. An Afterword by Verena Rutschmann, head of research at the Swiss Institute of Media for Children and Young Adults, provides more information about the novel, which is the most popular piece of Swiss literature ever written. A condensed, illustrated young readers’ edition (2009, paperback 2015) is also available. mjw
Title: Heidi: The Years Of Learning And Travel
Author: Johanna Spyri (1827-1901)
Illustrator
: Maja Dusikova
Publisher
: North South Books, Inc, an imprint of NordSud Verlag AG, Zurich Switzerland
Copyright
: 21105
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Originally published in two parts. Heidi’s Lehr und Wonderjahre and Heidi Kann brauchen, was es gallant hat
Original Copyright
: 1881
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4250-2
Hardcover pages
: 162
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Switzerland, Germany
Author’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Author’s residence
: Lived in Zurich, Switzerland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Czechoslovakia
Illustrator’s residence
: Florence, Italy
Subjects
: Alps, Swiss; Grandfather; Grandparent and child; Mountain life; Orphans

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