- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Puffin in Bloom
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147514029
- ISBN-13: 978-0147514028
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heidi (Puffin in Bloom) Hardcover – August 28, 2014
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Johanna Spyri's classic story of a young orphan sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps is retold in it's entirety in this beautifully bound hardcover edition. Heidi has charmed and intrigued readers since it's original publication in 1880. Much more than a children's story, the narrative is also a lesson on the precarious nature of freedom, a luxury too often taken for granted. Heidi almost loses her liberty as she is ripped away from the tranquility of the mountains to tend to a sick cousin in the city. Happily, all's well that ends well, and the reader is left with only warm, fuzzy thoughts. Spryi's story will never grow wearisome--and this is a very appealing edition. --Naomi Gesinger
From Publishers Weekly
This truncated retelling of orphan Heidi's simple life in the Swiss Alps and her sojourn in the big city seems almost as indebted to the Shirley Temple film as to Johanna Spyri's 1880 novel. Krupinski's (A New England Scrapbook) heroine mimics Temple, curls, button nose and all, though she lacks the actress's expressive smile and gestures. Similarly blank-faced characters contrast with Krupinski's serene, lushly idealized landscape paintings: the people seem like wax dolls, but the glowing blankets of flowers make the Alps heaven on earth. The text emphasizes the sensual joys of fresh goat's milk, fir trees "with their piney scent," Heidi's sweet-smelling bed in her grandfather's hay loft, etc., but that is its only demonstrable strength. Both Heidi's relationship with her grandfather and the idealized subplot about wheelchair-bound Klara's learning to walk are woodenly described; little space is given to dialogue and even less to Heidi's emotions. The plot, too, is severely condensed: "Many more good things happened after that day." The book succeeds as a portrayal of the joys of mountain life, but otherwise fails to do justice to Spyri's story of a girl's courage and persistence. Ages 5-9.
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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.
Surprise - this is NOT the "old friend" of my childhood. This is a plodding, poorly translated, dumbed-down version edited by someone who obviously feels that American children are incapable of even grasping that someone in another country might have a foreign-sounding name. I nearly threw the book across the room when I discovered that Grandfather's goats, originally named Schwanli and Barli ("little swan" and "little bear") were now to be known as "Dusky and Daisy." A village woman named Barbel mysteriously becomes "Barbie." The "Alm-Uncle" (the grandfather) suddenly becomes "Uncle Alp." Makes me half expect him to start barking and shedding (or maybe trying to eat cats).
If you loved Heidi as a child, then be warned - this is NOT the book you loved. The lyrical, magical language of the Helen Dole translation is completely lost here . This is dull and leaden, and every change is clearly designed to make it "easier to comprehend" with the clear assumption that children just can't comprehend anything remotely complex or interesting.
If you are hoping to pass along this wonderful book to your own children, find the original. Don't settle for "dumbing down" - your kids deserve better. Again, look for the Helen Dole translation - and relive the magic!
What insight into human nature! And as an adult I appreciated the dry, understated humor. I also appreciated the spiritual insights -- that God will give us what we desire, but sometims uses circumstances we don't like to teach us truths that we couldn't learn otherwise.
When I was a girl I was often turned off by what was called "good reading," but for some reason, I enjoyed Heidi and it never seemed sappy or corny.
Very much worth reading!
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.