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Johanna Spyri



Johanna Spyri
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.28

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     challenging words:    crotchety, footpath, invalid, tragedy, classic, writing, setting, spectacular, childhood, lively, sadness, whose, lawyer, lived, lofty, husband
     content words:    Johanna Spyri, When Clara, Bernhard Spyri, Then Johanna


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Johanna Spyri
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Most of us have never visited the Alps, but one author made those majestic mountains seem like home to many readers. Johanna Spyri, author of the famous children's book, Heidi, used her own childhood memories of Switzerland as the setting for this book.
 
2     The story of Heidi is simple, but it touched people's hearts and became a classic. In the book, an orphan girl lived with her grandfather in the Alps. Heidi liked playing with the goats in the mountains with her friend, Peter, who looked after the animals. She loved drinking goat's milk and living with her crotchety grandpa in his simple hut. She stayed with him for three years, but then an aunt took her to Frankfurt.
 
3     In the city, Heidi became friends with an invalid girl named Clara who lived with her aunt. Heidi had a beautiful home in the city, but she missed the mountains. She eventually went back to live with her grandfather, and she wrote wonderful letters to Clara about the Alps. When Clara visited Heidi, she loved the fresh air and the goat's milk. By the end of the story, Clara was strong enough to walk.

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