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Heidi Hardcover – October 28, 2006
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Original Language: German --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
When Heidi, a cheerful 5-year-old orphan, comes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps, she brings a bright ray of sunshine into the lives of the people around her. Young Peter, a goatherd, shares her love of nature, and his blind grandmother delights in the little girl's bubbling personality. Even Heidi's surly and hermit-like grandfather, the old Alm-Uncle, finds his long-lost grandchild a source of immense pleasure.
A few years later, when she is forced go to Frankfurt to serve as a companion for Klara, a well-to-do but sickly girl, Heidi must leave her beloved mountains and friends behind—an experience that proves highly traumatic to the innocent and sensitive little girl. But her return home and a visit from Klara result in magical moments that will leave young readers thoroughly captivated by this heartwarming tale of an unforgettable child and her effect on the people around her.
Complete and unabridged, this story "for children and those who love children" will thrill today's youngsters just as it has delighted generations of young readers and listeners since its original publication in 1881.
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The cover illustration is done by Anna Bond who may be better known for her lovely stationery collection, Rifle Paper Co. The cover is a vibrant yellow-green with the title in gold embossing over a floral-framed mountain scene. The back cover features a pull-out quote – "Heidi looked around with growing delight at the mountain peaks she knew so well and which seemed to greet her like old friends."
The interior illustrations, taken from the 1956 edition of Heidi also published by Puffin, are charmingly vintage. There appears to be one illustration per chapter. The book is typeset in Minion and just the right size to be accessible to both children and adults.
This edition also includes end notes with a profile of Johanna Spyri, information about Switzerland, and brief character and reading guides.
This would make a special addition to any growing library.
As far as the physical book, the cover is lovely, but the pages themselves are made of lower-quality paper, like you would normally find in a cheap softcover.
The only reason why it's not 5 stars is because there were two pages where the ink roller got messed up and smeared the ink across the page. I requested a replacement, which Amazon promptly ordered, and it seems to not have any issues like that (I haven't checked page by page yet). I order all 4 books in this design series and 2 out of 4 of them had this issue. It seems that whoever was in charge of the actual inside quality check did a poor job. Some of the page numbers in a couple of the other books are almost being cut off the edge of the page (poor placement).
Other than that, the stories are classic and the outside covers are stunning. I definitely don't mind sitting these books on my shelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book, beautiful story. We loved it. It should be on every one's must read list.Published 2 days ago by Teresa T.
Reading Heidi as an adult is a whole different experience compared to reading it as a child. it's delightful then, revealing later. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ebony zerr
I GAVE THIS TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER FOR HER 8TH BIRTHDAY. SHE IS READING IT AND
FINDS IT FASCINATING.
Was hoping for pictures, and similar to the illustration on the cover. But I made the mistake of buying an edition way too old for my little granddaughter, so I will be putting it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jan Johnson
I absolutely LOVE the story of Heidi and so bought this edition to add to others as the cover art was so unique. Unfortunately, the translation used, by Eileen Hall, is terrible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen Seeger
Great book, and lovely cover.
My 10 year old daughter is reading it now and can't put it down.