When Heidi, a cheerful, five-year-old-orphan, comes to live with her grandfather high in the Swiss Alps, the charming Swiss miss brings a bright ray of sunshine into the lives of the people around her. Young Peter, a goatherd, shares her love of nature, while his blind grandmother delights in the little girl's bubbling personality. Even Heidi's surly and hermit-like grandfather, the old Alm-Uncle, finds his long-lost grandchild a source of immense pleasure. But a few years later Heidi is forced to leave to serve as a companion for a sickly girl and she is traumatized. But her return home and a visit from Klara result in magical moments that will leave young readers thoroughly captivated by this heartwarming tale of an unforgettable little girl and her effect on the people around her. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.
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