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  • Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man's invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain's little village.

  • When orphaned Heidi is left at her grandfather's mountain cabin by her mean aunt Dete, she isn't welcome. The old man has been living alone for many years and still holds a grudge against Heidi's parents for marrying against his wishes. Slowly however, the old man grows to love the child and provides her with a loving, caring home. Dete returns unexpectedly and takes the child to live in the Sesemann household as a companion for Klara who is confined to a wheelchair. Heidi and Klara become fast friends but she is not welcomed by the head housekeeper, Frau Rottenmeier. When Heidi teaches Klara to walk again, Frau Rottenmeier sees her future employment threatened and tries to sell her to the gypsies. Meanwhile, the grandfather sells his most cherished personal belongings as he sets off to find his little granddaughter.

  • A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.


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