Happy Birthday, Johanna!

     Johanna Spyri, author of Heidi, was born on June 12, 1827

in a small village called Hirzel, 15 miles southeast of Zurich,

Switzerland.

     She was the daughter of a country doctor. She died in 1901.

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     In 19th Europe children were regarded, treated (and disciplined!)

as small, imperfect adults. So it was quite revolutionary when Johanna

Spyri took sides with the children as having their own world and their

own needs differing widely from the world of adults(more)

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Watch Shirley Temple as Heidi.

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Read the book online at Project Gutenberg.

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Happy Birthday!