Updated by Mary on February 28, 2020
I am pleased to provide you with this Heidi book summary as it is one of our family's all time favorites
In this wonderful novel, Johanna Spyri compares life in the nineteenth century rural Swiss Alps with life in the urban city of Frankfort, Germany, as she shares the experience of a kind child whose name is Heidi.
As a young girl, Heidi lives with her reclusive grandfather in his out-of-the-way mountain home and, while living there, befriends a young goat herder named Peter.
Later, she is forced to go live in the large city of Frankfort to be a companion of a girl named Clara. Despite many hardships, Heidi treats others with compassion, and during her time in Frankfort, she learns about a loving God and this greatly changes her life.
This book shows that Christian virtues can be evident anywhere and in anyone, as seen in the actions of Heidi, Clara, and in even Grandfather.
Heidi practices several Christian virtues. She is obedient when her aunt, Dede, brings little Heidi to her grandfather. Heidi does not know her grandfather and she does not want to live with this man she doesn't know. But she goes with Aunt Dede and over time learns to love her Grandfather.
Heidi is charitable toward Grandmother. Grandmother is blind, so as often as she can Heidi comes to read some of Grandmother’s favorite poems to her.
Heidi’s cheerful ways are helpful when she is in Frankfort. Heidi helps cheer up the cripple girl, Clara. There are multiple times when she makes Clara laugh by just being herself. Heidi truly possesses Christian virtues.
Clara’s actions show Christians virtues. She is kind to Heidi. She gets some fresh rolls for Heidi to give to Grandmother. When Heidi’s rolls are taken from her, Clara gives her new rolls.
When Heidi and Grandfather try to help Clara walk she both trusts and obeys them. Clara often follows the suggestions of Heidi. She obeys Grandfather when he helps teach her to stand. In the end, her obedience leads her to the joy of being able to walk. In her actions, Clara reveals her Christian virtues.
Heidi’s grandfather is a kind person in many ways. He shows kindness when he lets Heidi live with him. He had lived alone for a long time and does not want a little girl to live with him. None the less he allows her into his home and eventually into his heart.
His kind generosity is displayed as he rebuilds Grandmother’s little house. At the command of Heidi, he rebuilds all the "shaky" parts of Grandmother’s shabby little house.
He is also kind when he helps teach Clara how to walk. He is very gentle while taking care of her. Because of his kind yet authoritative leadership Clara begins to walk.
Heidi’s Grandfather proves to be a good Christian gentleman.
The Christian virtues displayed in the lives of Heidi, Clara, and in the end, Grandfather, prove that there are no limitations when love of God is shared.
When Dede took Heidi up to the mountain, Heidi obediently follows. Clara is kind to others especially to Heidi and Grandmother.
Grandfather shows kindness toward Heidi as he learns to love again, to Clara as he teaches her to trust herself, and to Grandmother when he makes her home a more livable place.
Heidi book summary bottom line: Christian virtues shine through all Johanna Spyri’s characters.
Thanks for taking the time to read my Heidi book summary. If you haven't already, go out and buy your family a copy of Heidi. You won't be disappointed!
If you already own this book, it makes makes a great gift for the young ladies in your life.
Faustina Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. She is the second of nine children in a homeschool family. This high school Junior likes writing scripts for movies, helping mothers with their babies and playing the flute. She contributes to society at large by making wholesome movies and writing amazing articles and entertainment reviews.
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