Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays #1 (Childhood Books)

This new meme is called Wonderful Wednesdays, which is hosted by Sam at Tiny Library and it's all about spotlighting and recommending some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently. Each week will have a different theme or genre of book to focus on. This is the first week of it running and if you want to participate or find out more, visit HERE!

This week's theme is: a book you loved as a child.

 One of my all time favourites, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett was featured by Sam, so I've picked Heidi by Johanna Spyri.

I can't remember the first time I read Heidi or whether I saw a film version first but the story is beautiful and really deserves its place as a well loved children's classic. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, it centres around a young girl called Heidi's who comes to live with her Grandfather up in the Swiss mountains after she is left an orphan. When she is taken to Frankfurt to be a companion to frail and wheelchair bound Clara, she longs for the green fields and sunshine of the Alps.
It has a very hopeful and uplifting feel to it with the quaint descriptive writing and Heidi's simple but happy and kind nature that has a positive impact on many lives in the book. Grandfather is also a wonderful character. At the start he is a grumpy and lonely hermit who avoids contact with the nearby village as much as possible but he proves that he is a remarkably strong but tender and loving person. Heidi reminds me of the joys of simple living and the story is just so delightfully heart warming. There are also two other books that continue the story of Heidi although they are written by Charles Tritten instead of Johanna Spyri.

What childhood books do you love?


  1. I've been dying to read Heidi! I have a copy on my bookshelf, I just never seem to get round to actually reading it... I really must do!
    [P.S Thanks for your comment on my blog :D]

  2. Thanks for taking part! :D

    I've never actually read Heidi, I really should. You made it sound great. I'm glad you loved 'A Little Princess' too.

  3. I've never read this one but it sounds very nostalgic & those kinds of books warm my heart :) Here is my Wonderful Wednesdays post on Curious George.

  4. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it, it was a wonderful book!
    Mine is here:

  5. Hi!
    I've never read this book but have seen the movie. I'll have to put this on my TBR list. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  6. Hi, thanks for following me :)
    This is a meme I haven't seen b4 actually :D

  7. I spent some time in Switzerland when I was young and remember hearing hearing all about 'Heidi' but I never actually read the book.

    It sounds like a lovely story. Even the illustration is beautiful.

  8. Heidi is also on my bookshelf and waiting to be read! Has been since I was a kid and I have moved it everywhere with me! This is the year!


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