Book Review || Heidi

Author: Johanna Spyri

Publishers: Currently being published by many companies, one of the most well-known being Puffin Classics

Release Year: 1880

My Summary

Heidi is an orphaned little girl, living with her aunt in Switzerland. Aunt Dete decides that she no longer wishes to take care of the child, and brings her to the Swiss Alps to live with her reclusive grandfather, Alm-Uncle, who lives up on the mountain by himself. Although Alm-Uncle is not very pleased to have a little 5-year-old to take care of, Heidi’s cheerfulness and bubbly personality soon earn his true affection for her. Heidi is eager to explore her new home and befriends all that she meets— the shepherd boy Peter, Peter’s blind grandmother, and all of the goats that Peter herds. She is amazed by the beauty of the mountains and loves her grandfather with all her heart. However, after a few years, Dete returns and takes Heidi away from Alm-Uncle to be a hired companion of sorts for a wealthy, handicapped girl named Clara Sessemen in Frankfurt. Heidi agrees to go if only she can bring back some white bread for Peter’s grandmother. Once in Frankfurt, Clara and Heidi become fast friends. Clara is very entertained by Heidi’s antics as she tries to get used to the dreary, busy city life of Frankfurt, but the house-keeper, Fräulein Rottenmeier is disapproves very much. Slowly but surely, homesickness and loneliness sets in and Heidi wastes away. Can she ever get back home?

My Thoughts

Ah, Heidi. The little girl has found the way to my heart. ❤

It’s no secret that I adore classics, but Heidi is something else. It literally transports you to the Alps, where the air is pure, where you can eat as much fresh goat cheese and bread as you want to, where the sun says goodbye to the mountains at dusk, where gruff grandfathers learn to love again, where disabled children are cured by the sheer beauty of it all, and where you want to stay forever and never leave.

An illustration from my copy of Heidi.
An illustration from my copy of Heidi.

Such vivid, lively writing. I tear up so much whenever I read it. Behind those lovely, sentimental words, however, lies an important lesson to stay with you all your life: If you love, if you forgive, if you believe, if you let go, if you ask, and if you apologize, then you will be truly happy.

And the characters, oh, the characters! Heidi, a young girl who brings joy into the hearts of all she meets. Alm-Uncle, a tenderhearted yet brusque old man. Peter, a fiercely devoted friend who loathes to share Heidi with Clara. The Doctor, who decides that Heidi must return to her home with Alm-Uncle. Clara, who delights in drinking goat milk and leaving behind her wheelchair. Clara’s Grandmamma, who teaches Heidi that even in the darkest of times, you must ask and hope. And Peter’s Grandmother, who although blind, who loves Heidi as her own. What a wonderful cast.

Once you’ve read this book, though, there’s no going back. You will forever long to go to the Alps and live in a cabin on top of the mountain, sharing a simple meal of bread, cheese, and goat’s milk with Heidi and her grandfather. Someday I hope to visit Switzerland, but until then, those beautiful mountains will remain safe in my heart.

I hope you liked that! It’s the first book review that I’ve done by request, and it’s a book I really, really love. Happy May, everybody!

❤ Yasimone


Book Chat #4: Springtime!

It finally feels like spring!

The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s in that cheerful mood! Well, at least I am. 😀 So here’s the ultimate post about spring: what I love about spring, what to do, and of course, what to read!

Things I Love about Springtime

  • Sunshinebook chat pic
  • Running barefoot through dewy grass
  • Being able to swim in the ocean again
  • Hearing the doves coo at dawn
  • Reading on a bench at the park
  • Taking pictures of blossoming flowers
  • Eating ice cream with friends
  • Your hair having that perfect shine in the sun
  • Those beautiful moments before a thunderstorm
  • Singing by yourself
  • Watching the sunset
  • Walking anywhere and everywhere
  • Blogging on the balcony

Things to do in Springtime

Spring is just a magical, magical time. So the best way to get the most out of springtime is to embrace that magical-ness. ❤

Take a stroll in the nearby woods and pretend that you’re Lucy in Narnia, exploring and making animal friends. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Pick flowers at your neighbourhood park. Weave them into your hair and become Queen of the Daisies. Have a picnic with your friends, with lots and lots of tea. Read underneath a tall, shady tree. Drink some more tea. Read something else. Sketch people you see walking by. Bring out your camera. Take photos of grass. Read fantasy books. Dance in the rain (hopefully without a book in your hand).Take a roadtrip to a nearby landmark. Call up your relatives. Call up your friends. Watch a movie. Watch an older movie. Bake something. Meet someone new. Pour glitter all over your lawn. Search for the faeries. Wear pastel colours. Wear yellow. Write a story. Write a poem. Enjoy life while you can. Enjoy spring while it lasts. Enjoy books. Enjoy everything.

Books to Read in the Springtime

>> Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott- I’ve found that I enjoy reading these sort of classics most during spring and autumn. Why, I have no clue. 🙂 But try sitting outside and reading about the March sisters: the experience is that much more exhilarating, since many chapters of the story take place in the great outdoors.

>> The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter- Nostalgic much? 😉

My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.
My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.

In all seriousness, however, these books are simply gorgeous— the writing, the illustrations, the characters, everything! Beatrix Potter’s stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and one of my favourites, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, are perfect to read to a small child on a spring morning or to thumb through by yourself and reminisce. Bonus: “Miss Potter,” a biographic movie about none other than Beatrix Potter, is a fantastic movie to watch sometime this season as well.

>> Heidi, by Johanna Spyri- Yes, I know, yet another classic! Told you I like reading them in the spring! This one, about a little girl named Heidi who moves to the Swiss Alps to live with her gruff but friendly grandpa, is a wonderful book that makes you long to go to the mountains yourself, breathe in that fresh, clean air, and share a simple meal of bread, cheese, and goat milk with Heidi.

>> Fantasy books in general- As said above, I feel like spring is one of the most magical seasons. It seems as through at any moment a faery might fly by, or you’ll reach an enchanted land through your wardrobe. So, fantasy books are a great choice. May I suggest the Chronicles of Narnia? 😀

Hope you enjoy your spring! Now I must go re-read Little Women for the millionth time. 🙂