Johanna Spyri

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Heidi is a children's novel written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, first published in 1881. It tells the story of Heidi, a young orphan girl who is initially raised by her aunt Dete in Maienfeld, Switzerland after the early deaths of her parents, Tobias and Adelheid, and who is then sent to live with her reclusive grandfather in the Swiss Alps. At first, Heidi is homesick and unhappy in her new environment, but she soon grows to love the mountains and the simple, rustic way of life there. She also forms a close bond with her grandfather, who is initially gruff and aloof but eventually comes to love and care for his granddaughter deeply. This idyllic life in the mountains is disrupted when her aunt comes to take her away to Frankfurt to become a companion for a wealthy invalid girl. Heidi was originally published in two volumes (Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning, and, Heidi: How She Used What She Learned) and became one of the best-selling books ever written.

This book has 50,161 words, 95 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1881. This translation by Elisabeth P. Stork was first published in 1919.

Production notes: This ebook of Heidi was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 7th April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Motif of the Alps' by Adalbert Waagen.

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