Livloves2read: 'Sometimes when you read a "classic", it can turn out to be a disappointment. Not so with this book'. Adventure · A story of a young girl who lives in the Swiss Alps with her goat herding . 15 June | by chnutscher (Switzerland) – See all my reviews. Pickles ZA: 'Heidi taught me that if I want a friend, I have to be a friend first'. Reading the novel now as an adult, Johanna Spyri handled it extremely well. I read parts of Heidi in German and did some comparisons between the three English versions I found on Project Gutenberg. In her lifetime when she was asked to write her autobiography, she replied thus: However, Heidi has nothing in her heart but to love her grandfather, grandmother, Peter, Clara and all the characters in the book. Not sure about that? However, we all know that we reap what we sow, so why resist? However battered she is by her experiences, she retains an inner integrity, from which arises a charming capacity for spontaneity and honesty. Young cinemagoers may decry the lack of talking animals or musical hits, but if they can get past that there's more than enough kitten action, adult-baiting and best-friend friendship forming to entrance even the most seasoned Disney Channel-watcher plus there's a terrifically named "baddie" in the form of Katharina Schuttler's Fraulein Rottermeier. Guardian children's books site young reviewer. There's a particularly wearing scene where Heidi tumbles down the hillside and ends up hanging over the river gorge clinging to a tree branch - all the time while Peter is trying to rescue her, Klara is shouting "Heidi! So it's almost refreshing to see a straight adaptation of the unspoiled, curly-mopped Adelheid's journey to the Alps, Frankfurt and back again unspool on the big screen.