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Heidi is by far the most popular piece of Swiss literature ever written and has been translated from German into 50 languages, been filmed more than a dozen times, and more than 50 million copies of Heidi books have been sold world-wide (Switzerland's population is only 7 million. This unit study is intended to excite your love of literature by touching all your senses and letting you feel, taste, smell and see Heidi of the Alps.
Heidi teaches lessons about perseverance, hope, and Christian morality. The story of the Prodigal son plays a pivotal role in her Grandfather's attitude change. In a world where the bestsellers often feature dark themes of death, vampires, and violence, Heidi is a breath of fresh air. If you are looking for a good wholesome read that your daughter is likely to remember for a lifetime, Heidi by Johann Spyri is an excellent choice.
taken from HERALD COURT THEATRE KIDS
Arts Outreach - Study Guide - Heidi by Johanna Spyri•
Even though Heidi does not know her grandfather, Aunt Detie leaves her with him
in a remote mountain cabin. Why does Aunt Detie do this? Was she acting in
Heidi’s best interests? Was she acting responsibly when she later takes Heidi to
What was Heidi’s grandfather like before she arrived? What was the source of his
bitterness? How did he treat other people? How does Heidi help him to change?
“ It is good to be on the mountains, “ the kind doctor says, “body and soul get well
there.” Which characters are healed when they come to the mountain? How are
they healed? What are the hazards of living in towns or cities with no access to
trees and ﬂowers and parks? What are the beneﬁts of living in the mountains?
Fraulein Rottenmeier is appalled when Heidi arrives in Frankfurt. Why? How does
the Fraulein expect Heidi to behave? Why is it hard for Heidi to live in Frankfurt?
Heidi has great faith in Providence. What is Providence? How does Heidi express
her belief in Providence? How does she act upon it? How does her faith aﬀect
What value is placed on literacy in this story? Why is it diﬃcult at ﬁrst for Heidi
to learn how to read? How does Clara’s Auntie help her? What does Heidi read
once she learn how? Why?
Discuss Peter’s friendship with Heidi. How are the two alike? How are they
diﬀerent? Why does he behave so horribly when Clara visits?
Could Heidi be set in modern-day Switzerland? Back when the book ﬁrst appeared
in 1880, travel and communication took much longer than it does now. With
today’s technology, is it still possible to live a life as isolated as Heidi’s grandfather?
Heidi has a gift for helping people in need, but what does she desire for herself?
How does she look after her own needs?
deeper reading and complete anaylsis of Heidi and the author.
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