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World Book Day Special: Heidi Review and Books I Read As I Child

Heidi is a children’s classic book that everyone will enjoy. I did read this as a child but can’t remember it all. I decided to read Heidi as in the ‘read a classic a month’ challenge thread on readitswapit it was the book for Febuary and since I already have this lovely hardback copy I decided to join in. And then have one less book on my tbr (like it gets smaller)

WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

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Synopsis from GoodReads

“Little orphan Heidi goes to live high in the Alps with her gruff grandfather and brings happiness to all who know her on the mountain. When Heidi goes to Frankfurt to work in a wealthy household, she dreams of returning to the mountains and meadows, her friend Peter, and her beloved grandfather.”

My Thoughts

Heidi reminds me of other books like ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables’. It’s a lovely read just like them. And also it’s similar because Heidi  is an orphan who goes to live with her grandfather. He has a reputation for being a horrible person but people’s opinion does change when they realise how good he is to Heidi.

I loved the setting of  the Alm. It’s described brilliantly, you feel like you are right there and don’t want to leave. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed reading this book but there were a few things I didn’t like:

  • Peter jealousy towards others who has Heidi’s attention. And his childish behaviour of shaking his fist, it’s a bit chessey. I also didn’t like that he intended to hurt one of the goats. However considering the time it was written and that it’s written for  children I can understand that it may have been seen differently in the past. I thought he was self-centred and don’t know if it’s explained why, but he is a child.
  • I have no idea what illness Clara had. In ‘The Secret Garden’ the boy can’t walk and they do explain his fear and how their overindulgence of him has prevented him from trying.  But there’s no explanation in Heidi, Clara can’t walk and gets tired easily and then after spending time on the Alm there’s a miracle and she can walk again. I didn’t like that.
  • Not much happens but it’s still an enjoyable story.

I didn’t mind the religious themes in the book, Heidi is given advice that a Christian would be given which makes sense as in the time it was written society was predominately Christian and not really concerned with other faiths. It does jar with me when books from this era like ‘Little Women’ seem to press Chrisitianity on the reader (I don’t agree with making children believe in something before they can make up their own mind) I understand why though, it was normal in that era and the characters are believers. (Maybe I take it too personally) However the advice given to Heidi is kind and it’s lovely advice even if it is religious in nature. And I enjoyed reading those parts even though I could not relate to the religion.

Heidi is a light hearted read and an easy classic book to read and enjoy.

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Since today is World Book Day I wanted to do something special and being short on time thought I’d share with you other books I read as a child. Some like Heidi I may have forgotten what happens but others I read so many times I could never forget. Some are my own photos but where I no longer have the books I borrowed from the internet.

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These are a few of my Famous Five books. I read a lot of Enid Blyton books, including The Wishing Chair books and some short story anthologies. I remember reading The Amelia Jane books and The Naughtiest Girl books. My favourites by Enid Elyton where the Willow Farm books which I no longer have, I keep thinking about buying them again though:

Enid Blyton: 2 titles: The Children of Willow Farm and The Children of Cherry Tree Farm

I love Roald Dahl books too:

I read Esio Trot recently, it’s a very short book and I loved it. Matilda was my favourite as she loved books as much as me.

I reread Black Beauty so often as a child, I still have my copy but the dust jacket has been lost:

Other books I remember reading:

What Katy DidCharlotte’s Web by [White, E. B.]

I loved these:

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Character Classics) by [Tomlinson, Jill]Septimouse, Supermouse!

Has I got older I started to read more scary books, my favourites where the choose your own adventure, I didn’t read all of these.  Every once in a while as a kid, you were in the mood to be spooked. And it was exciting because, in a way, you were in control of how scared you wanted to be. You were careful to choose your Goosebumps book based on the cover art and how much creepiness you thought you could handle.

It’s hard to remember everything I read, I can barely remember the picture books I enjoyed. I remember a Hairy McClary book, the Zoo, the funny bones. And of course all the classic fairy tales. A gorgeous copy of Hans Christian Anderson, books I wished I’d kept.

Have you read Heidi? What did you love reading as a child? If you didn’t read much then what was the first book you remember enjoying?

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7 thoughts on “World Book Day Special: Heidi Review and Books I Read As I Child”

  1. I think I’ve read Heidi, but I don’t remember much about it. I definitely read The Secret Garden and enjoyed that. I also read a lot of the Enid Blyton books, some of which seemed a little far fetched to me, but still fun.

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  2. Really interesting list! When it comes to Clara’s illness, I was always led to believe that her illness was not as bad as her family thought. This is the impression that I got when I watched film adaptations of the book. Since you no longer have a dust jacket for your copy of Black Beauty, you could create your own cover, especially since you plan on keeping your copy. For National Reading Month, I’ve created a Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge, where the list is based on literature that has been adapted into Hallmark Hall of Fame films. Here’s the list if you want to check it out:

    https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/introducing-the-hallmark-hall-of-fame-reading-challenge/

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    1. I had no idea there’s a National Reading Month. Thanks I’ll have to check the link. I don’t think that Clara’s illness is really explained in the book. I didn’t think of getting a new cover for Black Beauty, good idea although I can’t draw. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I read Heidi in 2nd grade and don’t remember much about it – guess I better reread it now!

    I was lucky as a kid that I lived a mile from the library, so I’d always ride my bike over and get stacks of books every week. I loved to read, and I wasn’t picky – if it was on the shelf for the chapter/YA books (and later lots of adult books, once I’d read through the kids and YA sections), I’d read it.

    I loved the Emily books by LM Montgomery, much more than the Anne books. Emily was also an orphan, but her life wasn’t all sunshine like Anne’s, which I definitely enjoyed more. I read the Chronicles of Narnia and Little House books so often as a kid that I still have them memorized, 30 years later.

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