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Heidi Paperback – April 17, 2014
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It's an uplifting story of the triumph of faith and goodness, which is why it's still a classic after over 100 years. I read a different translation when I was about eight or nine, and it definitely influenced me in a good way.
It'll also show youngsters that life can exist and even be enjoyed without modern electronics.
There are two parts of this classic story. It is important to check to see if both parts are included in whatever edition you purchase. The grandfather became more connected with the community and there is a subtle religious awakening in his life. Another key plot line was the presnce of Klara, a crippled girl who lived with Heidi for awhile. Klara's father was a wealthy and good man, who was often away on business. The girls were watched by a cruel governess who cared more about her own job security than what was in the best interest of the girls.
Heidi helped rehabilitate Klara in the Swiss Alps setting. She patiently taught Klara how to walk. Klara was infirm in the city life. There seems to be some metaphorical symbolism of the superiority of the simple country life over the more cold and austere urban community. In the end, the grandfather is restored to community life, the cruel governess has been fired, and Klara has been made well and whole physically. This is a wonderful story and the author uses descriptive imagery that makes you feel like you are on the mountain with the characters.
I cringe at some books I read while babysitting--Watered down, overly silly and frankly stupid books. While I can't admit to having read nothing but classics, I think there is a huge need for my generation to love classic children's literature like Heidi.