Heidi by Johanna Spyri Review

Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi by Johanna Spyri, ISBN 9780147514028, Puffin in Bloom edition

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?


5 thoughts on “Heidi by Johanna Spyri Review

  1. jessicabookworm February 21, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Shockingly I have never read this! To remedy this I have put it on my new Classics Club list. Also I am having serious book-envy over your gorgeous copy of this! 😀

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    • Janereads February 21, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      No need to feel bad 😀. There’s a large number of classics I have never read. I love these puffin in bloom covers too.

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      • jessicabookworm February 21, 2018 / 10:30 pm

        I only feel a bit bad because it sounds exactly like my kind of thing! 😀


  2. Carly Cooper February 24, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I rarely venture into classics, but this cover is stunning! 😍 A lot of the classics that are being re-published get wonderful covers.

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    • Janereads February 24, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      I agree! I am buying a lot of classics because they are beautiful editions. But I do like reading them as well. 😁


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