Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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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.
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.