Paula Zahn's Bookshelf
By Johanna Spyri
When I first read this book, I felt as if I had been transported to a whole new world. I could smell the Alpine air and see the spectacular mountains. The thing that struck me most was how this little girl had the power to change so many lives. Heidi came into her grandfather's life basically as a stranger and taught a hardened, bitter guy how to love. Then she had to live with the very spoiled Clara in the city. Even there, though, she was able to teach Clara about values—she found a way to make a difference.