Heidi is a work of children’s fiction published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, originally published in two parts as Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning and Heidi: How She Used What She Learned.
It is a novel about a little orphan Heidi who is sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps. Everyone in the village is afraid of him, but Heidi is fascinated by his long beard and bushy grey eyebrows. She loves her life in the mountains, playing in the sunshine and growing up amongst the goats and birds. But one terrible day, Heidi is collected by her aunt and is made to live with a new family in town.
Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
Originally written in German, Heidi was later translated into more than 50 languages.
Adaptations of Heidi included an English-language film (1937) starring Shirley Temple and a TV movie (1968) directed by Delbert Mann; the latter was perhaps best remembered in the United States because coverage of a National Football League game ended in order to air the movie, upsetting football fans.
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