Johanna Spyri's 'Heidi' Story for Children and Adults Alike
Heidi & Heidi
My first name is HEIDI! I was given my name by my father (rest in peace) whom I love dearly. The name ‘Heidi’ means ‘noble’ or ‘nobility’ and is a variation of the modern German form ‘Adelheid’ and the Old High German form ‘Adalheidis’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi).
This book has been a classic favourite for children, young adults and adults, since it was first written in 1880 by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri, and it will continue to be so for a very long time.
A good part of the events in this story take place in the lovely Swiss Alps. Heidi, the protagonist in the story, is an orphaned little girl who is forced to endure various unpleasant moves and living conditions with relatives and strangers alike.
Through it all, Heidi, dutifully does her chores and lets her beautiful personality shine through, ultimately winning the hearts of everyone she encounters, including her new mountain friend Peter, her ill-tempered grandfather and Clara (the sick girl she provides companionship to). She becomes deeply spiritual and even manages to take away her grandfather’s emotional misery and bring reconciliation between him and the villagers in the plain.
There are many good life stories and lessons to be learnt by anyone about dealing with challenges, different personalities and faith in God.
I am a verified and authentic HEIDI expert! :) Besides proudly carrying the name ‘Heidi’ for more than 40 years now, I have experienced the story in every possible form:
- 1. Children’s book version: A simple fairy-tale version with beautiful illustrations.
- 2. Young adults (& adult) versions: Longer novel style books full of details and beautiful descriptions.
- 3. Movie version: Starting with the 1937 motion picture version, starring the child movie prodigy Shirley Temple, to the more recent DVD release in 2002.
This is a ‘must-read’ must-have for your children, young adult or adult book collection!
The 1937 movie, in DVD format, with the adorable Shirley Temple starring as Heidi. Great family movie!
Curl up and read it or read it to your young one before bedtime.
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Another wonderful classic that I love and that you and your children will enjoy.
Which of these classic stories is your favourite?
This movie, starring Julie Andrews, is one more of my favourites that I highly recommend for you and your children.