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Heidi

Author: Spyri, Johanna Set In . . .
 Switzerland, Europe, Germany, Frankfurt
Genre: Children's
Time Frame: 1800s
Published: 1880
Description: One of the most charming tales in children’s literature, Heidi is the story of a five-year-old orphan who goes to live with her grandfather in the mountains. She soon wins his heart and befriends the young goatherd, Peter. Her happiness ends, however, when her aunt takes her to the city to help take care of a sickly child, Clara. Finally, Heidi brings Clara back to her Alpine home, where a miracle of healing occurs. Johanna Spyri was an author of children’s stories, and is best known for Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.
  
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