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Heidi - Johanna Spyri, Eva Ibbotson This is something that I only remember from the old tv series that used to be on when I was a child but I thought it might be a good book to read to my daughter. Which indeed it was.

It was more of a morality tale than I remember it being. If we only put our trust in God and prey every night, everything will come out good in the end, even if it doesn't seem to at first. And bad deeds will always come out in the wash, only leading to good outcomes for the victims in the end. All a bit simplistic to say the least, but it is a children's book.

Heidi herself is almost cloyingly sweet. Impossibly selfless and always determined to see the joyful side of life. Not like a real child of course, except for brief moments on good days!

Still, after reading this I feel an urge to spend a summer in the Swiss Alps wandering alpine meadows and collecting wild flowers so it must have had an effect on me.