I’m really excited to announce that the first review on my blog is going to be about Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.
The book is about Heidi, who is an orphan, and has been taken to live with her grandfather, on the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Her grandfather is known in the village below him to being very angry and lonely. Many people pity Heidi when she firsts lives with him because of how he is portrayed and are shocked at her Aunt Dete for allowing Heidi to live with him, despite getting a new job in Frankfurt.
However, Heidi and her grandfather make a strong relationship and allows her grandfather to have joy back into his life. She is very happy living in the Swiss Alps and meets lots of people whom are all happy to see her due to her kind and friendly personality.
She meets two friends along the way: Peter and Clara, but after feeling that Heidi no longer cares about him, Peter thinks of a plan to get rid of Clara.
Although it is a classic book, which I didn’t think I’d enjoy, it had me hooked from the beginning and Spyri has included great characters with different layers and can be relatable. Jealousy is quite a common emotion so it shows the readers how it can affect you and make you do things that you never thought you would. It also shows you that there is no need to be jealous and how friendship can create strong bonds.
It reminds me of my childhood when reading it as Heidi is so happy and care-free. The description of the Swiss Alps makes me want to be there and have all the friends that she has (Especially the goats!)
I would highly recommend this book and you can get it free from iBooks and on a Kindle.
-Sprinkle of Anonymous