Debra has a new favorite book

When I was growing up, I enjoyed reading (several times!) the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Now daughter Debra has discovered that childhood classic for herself. In keeping with my recent nostalgia theme, I note that the copy of the book which Debra is reading is the same copy I read as a child, and was a birthday present to my mother on her 11th birthday from Aunt Edith, her mother’s older sister. This edition was published in 1932 by Garden City Publishing Co., Inc. The book is still in quite good shape for being 75 years old, and so handled by little ones!

Here is a copy of the lovely front cover:


Here is the beautiful faceplate illustration, done by Maud and Miska Petersham:


8 Responses to “Debra has a new favorite book”

  1. Laura says:

    And all this time I thought Heidi was one of our magnificent Value Village finds.

    What gave Dube the inclination to pick up a new book? That’s big!

  2. Bee says:

    Thats pretty sweet. I think that I’ve heard of those books before…

  3. Bee says:

    Thats pretty sweet. I think that I’ve heard of that book before…

  4. Joyce says:

    Laura, I don’t really know what the appeal was to Debra. I’ll ask her tomorrow if she’s still really enjoying the book.

    Hi, Bianca. You would probably like Heidi. It’s somewhat like a Charles Dickens’ story, but the characters are not quite so extreme, and everything is healthier. That’s a weird description, but I’m tired. 😛

  5. mrs darling says:

    I has all three of the Hiedi books growing up and loved them. As an adult I saw the movie and was so disppointed!

  6. Joyce says:

    Thank you for commenting Mrs. Darling. Now I’m going to have to email you to find out what the other two Heidi books are!

  7. Bee says:

    He he… oops, I’m posting the same comment more then once, my mistake.

    Charles Dickens… I think that I’ve heard of him. Didn’t he write Moby Dick?

  8. Joyce says:

    Hi, Bianca,
    Moby Dick was written by Herman Melville.
    Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers, A Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickleby, etc. Melville and Dickens were contemporaries, though.
    Did you see the movie Nicholas Nickleby? I really liked it. 🙂