Book Review: Heidi by Johanna Spyri ★★★★★


Orphaned Heidi lives with her gruff but caring grandfather on the side of Swiss mountain, where she befriends young Peter the goat-herd. She leads an idyllic life, until she is forced to leave the mountain she has always known to go and live with a sickly girl in the city. Will Heidi ever see her grandfather again? A classic tale of a young girl’s coming-of-age, of friendship, and familial love.


Okay, I got this book, with this gorgeous Puffin Penguin cover at the thrift store and I pretty much died when I saw this because these covers are expensive and I’ve been wanting to start collecting them ever since I saw the Anne of Green Gables one (I haven’t read that one yet btw). I remember watching the cartoon version of this story when I was a little girl so I was pretty excited to start reading it because I have never consumed it besides the television version.

I don’t quite remember if the show followed the book closely but this book was just wonderful. I know this is a kid’s book but I consider it my happy book now. Every time I feel low and need a pick-me-up I’m gonna be rereading this story for sure. Heidi’s story and character along with her grandfather and Clara is super heartwarming that I was practically smiling the whole time. The way the mountains and the meadows were described made me want to go to Switzerland and live there because it just sounds so lovely. Even the food descriptions made me hungry during the time that I was reading it, like honestly, they eat fresh bread and hunks of cheese and meat and all those goodness and even writing that makes me hungry haha.

I know there is more than the first book in this series and I do plan on acquiring them and reading them because I am now super in love with the world that Johanna Spyri made. Maybe I should revisit the animated show, it’s been years.

Anyways, you might think this as something too juvenile for you but I still urge you to try it if you can because sometimes just a visit to something simple, similar to your childhood can be refreshing and hey, it might even help with a reading slump.

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