Spyri, Johanna

© 1880


After she is orphaned, young Heidi lives for a while in the care of her aunt, and then is shipped off to live with a strange and reclusive grandfather, who the villagers all fear. However, Heidi turns the old man's heart, and is soon living a fulfilling and happy life in the mountains. This does not last, as the girl is taken away to live in the city, where she longs to return to the mountains, where she is sure the mountain air can cure her young companion's illness.