Tuesday, March 04, 2008


'From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the foot of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below. The land grows gradually wilder as the path ascends, and the climber has not gone far before he begins to inhale the fragrance of the short grass and sturdy mountain-plants, for the way is steep and leads directly up to the summits above.'
The first paraghraph from Heidi by Johanna Spyri
My copy is a Rainbow Classics edition published in 1946 by The World Publishing Company

I had not read Heidi since I was young and don't honestly think that I had ever read the full book, just an abridged version. Heidi is a classic and should be on the shelve of any classic lover. I really enjoyed my re-visit to the Swiss Alps and romping with Heidi, Peter and the goats through the mountain meadows. I felt sad for the little girl who was taken away to the city and rejoiced for her when she was allowed to return to her mountain home.
A wonderful book!