Five-year-old Heidi, an orphan, has been sent to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. All of his neighbors fear him, but Heidi knows he is kind at heart, and the two learn to live happily together. Heidi loves her life, but soon her aunt takes her away and forces Heidi to work for strangers in town as a companion to their handicapped daughter, Clara. Heidi befriends Clara and begins to learn to read and write, but she is also homesick for her grandfather and best friend, a goat-herd. Will she ever make it back to her beloved mountain home?
Johanna Spyri's classic tale has been adapted into an easy-reading Stepping Stones format, while keeping all the love, friendship, and adventure of the original book.
About the Author
Johanna Spyri was a Swiss author of children's stories, best known for the classic coming-of-age tale Heidi: the Girl from the Alps. Spyri spent several summers in and around the mountainous area of Graub?nden as a child, and the Alps would serve as inspiration for much of her writing. Upon moving to Zurich with her husband, where she would remain for the rest of her life, Spyri published her first story, "Ein Blatt auf Vronys Grab" ("A Note on Vrony's Grave"), a gritty tale of a woman suffering from the abuse of her alcoholic husband. Yet it would be in children's writing that Spyri would truly make her mark--Heidi was published to great international acclaim in 1880, and has gone on to become one of the best-selling children's classics of all time. In 1884, both Spyri's husband and only child passed away, and Spyri devoted herself to charitable causes for the remainder of her life, writing fifty more stories before her own death in 1901.
Lydia Halverson was born in Italy and grew up in Chicago. She began her career designing books, but she became fascinated with children's illustration and decided that's what she wanted to do. Lydia has illustrated a wide range of children's stories for a number of publishers. She now lives in a hundred-year-old house in
Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and their cat.
Susan Saunders is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the Pony Camp series from HarperPaperbacks. She lives in New York, NY.
In addition to the Black Cat Club series, Jane Manning has also illustrated This Little Piggy for HarperFestival. She lives in Deep River, CT.