Heidi is a heartwarming novel about a lovely little girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book “for children and those who love children” as quoted from its subtitle in 1880 by the author Johanna Spyri. Heidi is an orphan who was first raised by her aunt Dete in Maienfeld, Switzerland. At the age of five, Heidi was brought to her grandfather, who has been at odds with the villagers for years and lives alone in the Alps. He resented Heidi’s arrival at first, but the girl gradually melted his harsh exterior and had a delightful stay with him and her best friend Peter, a young goatherd.
But the peaceful life was changed when Dete returned three years later. She brought Heidi to Frankfurt as a companion of a 12-year-old disabled girl named Clara. Heidi stayed a happy time with Clara and during this time she learnt to read and write, motivated by the desire to go home and read to Peter’s blind grandmother. Clara’s family likes Heidi, but she was often criticized by the strict housekeeper Miss Rottenmeier and becoming more and more homesick. Heidi began to sleepwalk, Clara’s doctors was worried about Heidi’s failing health so she was sent back to the Alps.
Grandfather was very happy to have Heidi’s return, he regained his faith in God and went downhill to the village, marking an end to his seclusion. Clara visited Heidi the next year and they spent a wonderful summer. But Peter, feeling deprived of Heidi’s attention, pushed Clara’s wheelchair down the mountain. This allowed a miracle to happen. Without her wheelchair, Clara attempted to walk and finally succeeded. When Clara’s family saw Clara walking to them happily, they were deeply moved. They promised to provide a permanent shelter for Heidi.
Everybody is happy and cheerful at the end of the story. Comments Heidi is among the best-known works of Swiss literature. Although it is famous as one of the most popular children’s novels classic, it is also worth reading for the adults. Since we have missed out something as we make the transition to adulthood, by looking at how Heidi as a child sees the world, we can grasp the true essence of love and happiness. To begin with, Heidi teaches us how to love and care people. Her innocence and pureness radually changed the odd grandfather; her courage and persistence help Clara stand again. And when she lived in Frankfurt, she kept thinking of Peter’s grandma. She was eager to buy white bread for her and read beautiful stories to her. When I was a child, I was greatly impressed by Heidi’s unconditional love for everyone, and this has fostered me to help others as far as I can. This kind of love is something that we should learn from as adults, since sometimes we help others with the subtle expectation of what the others should do.
Above all, love and care for other people is happiness itself. Also, Heidi encourages us to remain enthusiastic towards life. She is delighted when climbing to the top and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the Eiffel Tower, and the guard on the Tower is influenced by her, forgetting all the worries in his life. She is very sympathetic when she find the poor kitten be abandoned in the basket, but Miss Rottenmeier is annoyed seeing Heidi bring them home. In a word, Heidi has a perpetual sense of discovery, even the most ordinary objects has to be observed with feelings.
However, these feelings of children sometimes irritate us because we think we have “much more important” things to do. It doesn’t mean that our adults should be curious about everything, but we can appreciate life by relaxing ourselves and try to find the beauty of life. What’s more, Heidi set a good example of being grateful for life and living with great courage. In fact, Heidi’s parents passed away soon after her birth, her parents left her when she was a baby. She is brought up by her aunt, but her aunt chooses to leave her and find a better job.
It seems that Heidi is not very fortunate, instead of living in sadness, she choose a positive attitude towards life. Heidi is always happy, and she appreciates everything in life and can always find the reasons to be happy. This has inspired us to face difficulties bravely; we should take them as opportunities to improve ourselves, then we can learn more through the challenges. As for the artistic expression, Heidi has also done a great job. The story begins with a vivid portrayal of beautiful Alps, which is often described in the whole book.
When I read the book, I was always appealed to its description and dreamed of the wonderland of Alps. So it will also helps us improving our writing skills while reading and copying the well-worded paragraphs in our notebook. To sum up, I have read Heidi for more than three times and I will strongly recommend this book the other English learners. For one thing, you will grasp the beauty of language through this book, and the author use simple words to express clear ideas so won’t be difficult for us to understand.
For another thing, although it is easy to access, the book will truly enlighten us to Living in the moment … The world began this morning, God-dreamt and full of birds… – Patrick Kavanagh As we grow older, our thoughts become increasingly focused on either the past or the future instead of the now; we seem to pick up the art of nursing grievances about things that happened and worrying about things that may never happen. But for a child, everything is unfolding in real time before his eyes; he has not yet learnt the art of being consumed by past or future.
I remember a very interesting experience about a year ago when I was playing badminton with some young friends of mine. The four year old youngest brother wanted his older brother to give him the badminton racket, and the older brother pushed him away, whereupon he promptly say down and started to cry. However, out of the corner of his eye he spotted a spare shuttlecock lying around – the tears soon dried up, and in no time he was totally absorbed in his new plaything.
I was totally amazed at how quickly his focus had switched from crying to playing with the toy; if that happened between adults we’d be still feeling aggrieved about it days later! A perpetual sense of discovery I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with” – Plato Living in the heart To lose one’s child-heart Is to lose everything. – Sri Chinmoy It is not until we reach early adolescence that our minds become fully developed.
It is no coincidence that with the mind’s ascendancy, negative qualities such as doubt, hesitation, and feelings of inferiority or superiority also become ensconced in the human psyche, and our actions are more likely to be determined by the pushes and pulls of society than our inner feelings. However before the mind starts dominating, the heart is to the fore – the spontaneous, empathetic part of our being that does not plan or calculate, but just spontaneously acts, creates and discovers.
Unlike the mind, the heart has no inhibitions. If you asked a bunch of six year old children “who can paint? ” all hands would shoot up; the same question asked to adults might not raise any hands at all! As we grow up, we imbibe very fixed ideas and conventions about what we can and cannot do, but children have no such restrictions – life for them is just one long play session. The secret of unconditional love Give a little to love a child, and you get a great deal back. -John Ruskin
When we give our love to someone, But when a child loves, his love is unconditional, and when he smiles at you can feel it beaming from him like the rays of a sunbeam. It is a kind of love that comes straight from the heart, without preconditions or expectations; it is a pure expression of who he is. This kind of love is something that we can still access as adults – inside the deepest part of our being there is an instinctive yearning to reach out to people, to empathize, and when we give this love to others our own deepest part is fulfilled. s not only famous for its vivid portrayal of the landscape but also for its understanding of how children see life and their feelings. It’s rather amazing that as children we perpetually look forward to the time when we grow up and can do anything we want, but then once we grow up and become laden with responsibilities, we wistfully look back to those carefree childhood days! Certainly we ‘miss’ out on some things as we make the transition to adulthood; by looking at how children see the world, we can certainly learn (or relearn) some things to introduce in our own lives….
This kind of love is something that we can still access as adults – inside the deepest part of our being there is an instinctive yearning to reach out to people, to empathize, and when we give this love to others our own deepest part is fulfilled. we often do it with the subtle expectations of what the other person should do. Then when the other person doesn’t fulfill those expectations, there can be a great deal of disappointment, hurt, and also increased cynicism about the whole business of love in general. For a child, the word ‘routine’ is pure anathema.
Everything – even the most ordinary objects – has to be investigated, touched, and experienced. Ordinary things like a dog barking in the street or the postman delivering post through the letterbox often have children pointing in open-mouthed wonder. And yet as little as thirty years later, as adults, this constant questioning and discovery of children sometimes irritates us because we have ‘much more important’ things to do! We have the privilege of living on such a beautiful planet, and one way of truly appreciating that is seeing it through the eyes of someone who is discovering everything for the very first time.