Heidi , The girl from Alps

Johanna (Joan) Spyri, was born as Johanna Heusser
in a small village called Hirzel, some 25 km [15 miles] southeast of Zurich,
on June 12, 1827, as the daughter of a country doctor.
As a widow, she traveled a lot, had many friends and was a very self-confident, independent woman. Writing   stories helped her to find her personal road out of the traditional way of accepting suffering as an unchangeable fate . Johanna Spyri did not, however, quit her faith , but rather believed in personal development and in accepting challenges.

Summary:The orphan child Heidi first lives with her aunt Dete, but Dete would like to concentrate on her career. So she brings Heidi to her grandfather, a queer old man living in an alpine cottage far from the next village (he is therefore called Alm-Uncle). Alm-Uncle is good-hearted but mistrusts anybody and wants to keep the child from all evils of the world. So he refuses to send Heidi to school; instead she goes to the pastures, together with Peter, a shepherd boy looking after the goats. This apine idyll finds a sudden end when aunt Dete comes in again and brings Heidi to Frankfurt where she shall stay with Clara, the paralyzed daughter of a rich family, and learn something.
Thanks to the grandmother of Clara, Heidi learns to read but she can't get acquainted to the strict discipline in the   upper class house (personified by governess Fraulein Rottenmeier). She is very lonesome and gets depressed by the gray anonymous city. Heidi becomes ill of homesickness, she starts to walk in her sleep. Miss Rottenmeier is alarmed, not because of the fate of the poor child, but rather because she thinks that there are ghosts in the old house. Finally Clara's father Herr Stresemann and the sympathetic doctor of the family decide to stay up till midnight and find out about the ghosts. When the doctor sees Heidi walking around in her sleep, he finds the right diagnosis and sends her back to the alps.

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