Johanna Spyri's timeless classic from the Alps, told in beautiful illustrations by a Swiss papercut artist
Heidi, with more than 50 million copies sold around the world, is one of the bestselling books of all time. A global treasure, Heidi was inscribed on the International Memory of the World Register of UNESCO in 2023.
For the first time, Swiss illustrator, Carole Aufranc, has captured the timeless classic of the girl in the Alps in a series of only 30 simple and beautiful illustrations. The illustrated adaptation will excite young readers as they follow Heidi and her uncle in the mountains amongst their goats, then on to her challenges far away, and finally her triumphant return. This version will delight anyone who loves Heidi as well as those who haven't yet gotten the chance to hear her heartwarming story.
Carole Aufranc is an illustrator based in Switzerland. She holds a Master's in Children's Book Illustration from the University of Cambridge. She creates work for all kind of formats: children's books, stationery, magazines and textile. She uses a special hybrid handmade and digital papercut and collage technique. She developed her craft over the years, drawing inspiration especially from her love for nature, nordic simplicity and mid-century art. She has done illustration and covers for many publishers, including NorthSouth Books, Simon and Schuster, Plume de Carotte and Moppet Books.
Johanna Louise Spyri (1827-1901) was a Swiss author of novels, notably children’s stories. Born near Zurich, Switzerland, Spyri spent several summers near Chur in Graubünden as a child, the setting she would later use in Heidi. She wrote Heidi in 1880. Appearing in more than 50 languages, it is one of the bestselling books of all time, selling more than 50 million copies.