- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
- Audible.com Release Date: December 12, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001NXPJ9A
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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.
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!
When hardnosed Aunt Dete has the opportunity to secure better employment, she wastes little time in unloading five year old and orphaned Heidi on the child's grandfather, a Swiss peasant whose personal tragedies have led him to a life of isolation in the Alps. Heidi quickly penetrates her grandfather's superficial gruffness; he quickly grows to love the child and she in turn becomes a local favorite. Several years later, however, Dete is motivated by guilt to have second thoughts about the child's welfare, and snatches Heidi from the Alps to become the companion of the wealthy but invalid child Klara, who resides in Frankfurt.
Transported to this alien city so abruptly, Heidi pines for both the Alps and her grandfather even as she comes to love Klara. She also upsets the rigidly ordered household, personified by housekeeper by the unpleasant but comical Miss Rottenmeier. When Klara's sensible grandmother suggests Heidi take her problems to God, the child does precisely that, and after several disappointments discovers that her situation is part of a larger plan that will lead to a greater happiness for all concerned.
HEIDI was written at a time when children were expected to be able to read far beyond the scope of that which we expect of modern children. As a result, it is a children's novel written that is indeed a novel in every sense of the word, including length.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent interpretation of the story, but not as good as the original TV show that was created by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hogbait
We love this book! I read it to my kids as they fall asleep.
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This book was the original text and it was wonderful! The pictures are lovely, too. The binding is elegant so that
the book can be passed on to future generations. Read more
An excellent book entertaining and an easy quick read .A very likeable and memorable story.Published 2 months ago by Wayne A