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Johanna Spyri's 'Heidi' Story for Children and Adults Alike

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Heidi - Johanna Spyri - Children's Classics - Children's Stories
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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’ (

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!

5 stars for 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri

Curl up and read it or read it to your young one before bedtime.


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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)

Another wonderful classic that I love and that you and your children will enjoy.


Which of these classic stories is your favourite?

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Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)

This movie, starring Julie Andrews, is one more of my favourites that I highly recommend for you and your children.


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      4 years ago

      I always loved the story of Heidi as a child and longed to visit Switzerland.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Yes, indeed Susan! I take the meaning of my name seriously. So I do my best. I hope my friends and family think so :) Thanks for visiting and have a very blessed weekend!

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Heidi was always a favorite when I was a child. Very nice to read your review with the background. You have quite a "noble" name to live up to!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Becksta: Thanks Becksta! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      4 years ago

      I love the way that you have taken a book review and given it a personal spin

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Wednesday-Elf: Glad you have fond memories of that original version. Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @OhMe: Ooohhh! You had a privileged role, OhMe! Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What fun. Brings back some early memories. Loved the original movie with Shirley Temple too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Heidi has always been a favorite of mine, too, because when I played the part of Heidi in a school play when I was in the 2nd Grade. I remember it like it was yesterday and it was about 60 years ago. Great review.


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