Beware, the beauty of literature is not in this edition! THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE PUFFIN IN BLOOM EDITION ONLY. Heidi is such an awesome story, the translation by Helen Dole reads so beautifully and engages the reader to follow closely along, to interact and enter into the adventure. This book has short sentences, as if to hand feed the reader so that they don't need to pay attention or engage. In other words- it's a dumbed-down translation!! Please don't deprive young readers of good literature! There is a place for simplified versions of books BUT that should be clear when purchasing that it isn't the original version and writing has been altered. This book changes the names of characters too. It is a travesty!! So, if all you want is a "pretty" cover - fine, but even the inside illustrations aren't good - it saddened me and I sent it back. Thank you, Amazon for ease of returns. Please be aware that Amazon sells different editions translated differently. Perhaps you'll find a new edition that is better than this one. I'm very happy with the used copy I found on Amazon with a copy write date of 1945. The illustrations are wonderful and the language is beautiful, and the names are not Americanized. The Puffin in Bloom edition has a character named Barbie.
I got as far as the title page in this book where it listed the author (Johanna Spyri) and the translator, Elisabeth P. Stork. Heidi was originally translated into English by Charles Tritten (who later wrote 2 sequels - "Heidi Grows Up" and "Heidi's Children"). This is NOT the version of Heidi that I grew up with and NOT what I wanted. It is going back immediately and I've already ordered another copy, this time with the translation done by Tritten. A search on Amazon for "Heidi translated by Charles Tritten" turns up a listing for the book with the original translation.
This review pertains to the Puffin in Bloom edition of Heidi, rather than to the literary merit of the book or translation (by Eileen Hall).
The cover illustration is done by Anna Bond who may be better known for her lovely stationery collection, Rifle Paper Co. The cover is a vibrant yellow-green with the title in gold embossing over a floral-framed mountain scene. The back cover features a pull-out quote – "Heidi looked around with growing delight at the mountain peaks she knew so well and which seemed to greet her like old friends."
The interior illustrations, taken from the 1956 edition of Heidi also published by Puffin, are charmingly vintage. There appears to be one illustration per chapter. The book is typeset in Minion and just the right size to be accessible to both children and adults.
This edition also includes end notes with a profile of Johanna Spyri, information about Switzerland, and brief character and reading guides.
This would make a special addition to any growing library.
This is a TERRIBLE edition of this book. It appears that someone typed it out on a home computer and made copies of it. The black and white "artwork" is distracting. It looks like photocopies and clip art that has been stretched to enlarge it. The story has been very clumsily translated and horribly abridged.
I had planned to give this as a gift, but I would be embarrassed to because of the poor quality. And I would not want to perpetuate the belief that this is the thread story. There is so much missing. It is truly disappointing. I am returning this immediately.
Retains more than a little of the German idiom. I had intended this for a ten year old girl, but decided to hold it for later, when she may better be able to grasp the nuances. Meanwhile I've read it through and through myself.
It's an uplifting story of the triumph of faith and goodness, which is why it's still a classic after over 100 years. I read a different translation when I was about eight or nine, and it definitely influenced me in a good way.
It'll also show youngsters that life can exist and even be enjoyed without modern electronics.
I ordered this book for a computer challenged friend who wanted to give it to her great-granddaughters. She had fond memories of her own girlhood copy of "Heidi" which was a substantial hard-back book. This edition of "Heidi' was the only one available at Amazon.com that had the entire original text and was not abridged or adapted for younger children. In that respect, the book did live up to its promise. However, it was cheaply and shoddily made, the pages were thin and looked as if they had been printed on a computer, and it does not look as if it will hold up for more than one reading. In addition, there was a blemish on the cover of the book. She is very disappointed in the quality of the book and is hesitant to send it to the little girls -- whose mother will be reading the book to them and who will be aware of the book's physical imperfections. As to the seller, the book arrived well within the expected time frame and was well packaged.
This book is illegible. Punctuation in the wrong places, headings mid-paragraph, letters replaced with punctuation... It's awful. Don't buy this version. We were excited about this book but we will be sending this copy back for one we can actually read. 0 stars.
My father bought me a copy of Heidi when I was five. I still have this book. He read it to me again and again until he decided I could read well enough to do it on my own. I have read Heidi periodically all my life, 70 years later. Whenever I read Heidi, I want to drink milk out of a wooden bowl and joyfully shout Grandfather! grandfather! I am very fond of goats! Read this book about an orphan girl and her love for her life in the Swiss Alps with her grandfather, Peter, the grandmother, and the goats. It will brighten your day, your week, your year, your life! Buy it for a child you love and read it with them!