The classic children’s book Heidi by Johanna Spyri is a delightful story which I re-read recently. I was given this gorgeous Puffin in Bloom edition for Christmas (see picture). I couldn’t remember anything about Heidi as I had last read it more than twenty years ago. So it was great to revisit this story as an adult.
If you’re not familiar with this classic, it’s a simple story about a little girl named Heidi who goes to live with her grandfather, Uncle Alp, in the Swiss Alps. There she lives a peaceful existence, frolicking around the mountainside with Peter the goat-herd and all the goats. Then her Aunt comes and takes Heidi to go and be a companion to a sick girl named Clara in a town far away and Heidi must endure life away from her beloved mountains.
Here are some thoughts I had when re-reading Heidi:
- Gosh, I would like a pet goat.
- They sure do drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of cheese in this book.
- I really want to go to the Swiss Alps, cavort around like Heidi and pick flowers.
- This is such a sweet book.
- I’m not sure I could sleep on a bed of hay like Heidi with all my allergies.
- Peter is such a cranky boy with a lot of anger management issues.
- Mountain air, milk and cheese appear to be the cure for everything.
- How would anyone with lactose intolerance survive in this book?
- I don’t think anyone ate any vegetables in this story.
- I feel like drinking some milk.
It was fun to read this classic again and be drawn into a simpler time.
Verdict: A sweet book about a sweet girl set in a beautiful place.
Have you read any children’s classics recently?