Johanna Spyri

Johanna Spyri

Johanna Spyri (1827-1901) is one of the most famous children's writers in the world, but little is known of her life. She grew up in a Swiss village that overlooked the Lake of Zurich and had stunning views of the Alps. Because her father was the local doctor, their home was the center of cultural activity and the root of her love of books. She continued mixing with literary and artistic people after her marriage, and this continued for the rest of her life. Although Johanna's childhood was happy, she faced great sadness when her only son died at the age of twenty-nine. When asked to write her autobiography, she refused with the words: "The external path of my life is quite simple, and there is nothing special to be mentioned. My inner life was full of storms, but who can describe it?"

Heidi is often thought to be Johanna Spyri's first book but she had in fact already written widely for both children and adults. Heidi became so famous that everything else has been forgotten. It was translated into English soon after it was first published in 1880. Its huge success is perhaps because Heidi faces some of the most basic and important issues of life: the individual versus society, wealth and poverty, sickness and health, etc. This, and Johanna's gifts as a storyteller, have made Heidi one of the most successful children's books of all time.

Other titles by Johanna Spyri:

  • Mazli
  • Cornelli
  • Vinzi
  • Dora
  • Gritli's Children
  • Eveli, the Little Singer
  • Children of the Alps
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All Alone in the World
by Johanna Spyri
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Cornelli
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Louise Brooks
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$6.40 (1 in stock)
CS: Heidi
Classic Starts
by Johanna Spyri
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 2nd-4th grade
in Sterling Classic Starts (Location: SER-SCS)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Heidi
Puffin Classics
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Eileen Hall and illustrated by Cecil Leslie
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$6.79
Heidi
Sterling Classics
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Macmillan Classics
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Greta Elgaard
from Macmillan
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Louise Brooks and illustrated by Roberta MacDonald
from Junior Deluxe Editions
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes and illustrated by Janet Good
from Longmeadow Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Whole Story Series
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Rozier-Gaudriault
from Viking Press
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
A Golden Classic
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen Dole and illustrated by Judith Cheng
from Golden Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Frances Brundage
1930s? from Saalfield Publishing Co.
for 3rd-7th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Donna Pacinelli
from Unicorn Publishing House
for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by M. Rosenbaum and illustrated by June Goldsborough
from Golden Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Sergio Leone
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
$17.00
Heidi
Rainbow Classics
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwards and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
1st Printing from World Publishing Company
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes and illustrated by Maud & Miska Petersham
from Junior Deluxe Editions
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
Books of Wonder
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Louise Brooks and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from William Morrow & Company
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole & illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
from Delacorte Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole & illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen B. Dole and illustrated by William Sharp
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Elisabeth Stork and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from SeaWolf Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Seawolf Illustrated Classics (Location: FIC-SW)
$6.76
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Shirley Watkins
from Macrae-Smith Company
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Longmeadow Press
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Whitman Classics
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Eleanor Mill (unknown translator)
from Western Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Heidi
Windermere Series 4
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Philip Schuyler Allen and illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright
1938 edition from Rand McNally
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
A Golden Classic
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen Dole
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Clara M. Burd
from John C. Winston
for 1st-4th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
A Golden Classic
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Helen Dole, illustrated by Edna Cook Shoemaker & Pelagie Doane
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes with uncredited illustrator
from J. G. Ferguson Publishing Co.
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi
Windermere Readers #3
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Philip Schuyler Allen and illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright
1954 Edition from Rand McNally
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$7.20 (1 in stock)
Heidi
Windermere Series 3
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Philip Schuyler Allen and illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright
1938 edition from Rand McNally
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi - Comprehension Guide
Veritas Press Literature Comprehension Guides
by Ginny Walls
from Veritas Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Veritas Press Literature Guides (Location: LITSG-VP)
$19.00
Heidi - Memoria Press Literature Set
from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$31.90
Heidi - MP Student Guide
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.50
Heidi - MP Teacher Guide
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.95
Heidi - MP Teacher Guide (old)
from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Heidi / Hans Brinker
by Johanna Spyri, Mary Mapes Dodge
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-6th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-FIC)
Heidi Grows Up
by Johanna Spyri, Charles Tritten
from Dell Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Heidi's Friends (adapted)
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Sergio Leone
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Vinzi
by Johanna Spyri
from J.B. Lippincott Co.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Young Classics: Heidi
by Johanna Spyri, retold by Sally Grindley and illustrated by Pamela Venus
from Family Learning
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)