Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The classic novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care, in the Swiss Alps.
. Heidi is orphaned at an early age, Heidi has been brought up by Aunt Dete in Switzerland. Having been offered a job in Frankfurt, however, Dete is forced to entrust her young charge into the care of her grandfather, the reclusive Alp Uncle who lives in the mountains without any interaction with the villagers beneath. The curmudgeonly old man is initially reluctant to accept the new arrangement, but his granddaughter's warmth, cleverness and exuberance soon win him over, while Heidi learns to love her new surroundings and makes a new friend, Peter the goatherd. But as Heidi gets settled in her new life, little does she suspect that a major upheaval is just around the corner. Heidi is around five years old at the beginning of the novel. She is kind, compassionate and free-spirited, always thinking of how to help others. Alp Uncle known as Grandfather is gruff and grumpy. Dete, Heidi's aunt looked after Heidi for the first few years of her life. A lovely novel to sit and read it to your children.
Johanna Spyri was an author of children's stories, and is best known for Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.