Heidi’s Children Book Review

Heidi's Chidlren Book Review

Heidi’s Children

Charles Tritten

1939

Out of Print

About the Book:

Heidi’s Children is a sequel to Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and Heidi Grows Up, written by Spyri’s translator, Charles Tritten.  The story takes place a year or so after Heidi’s marriage to Peter, the goatherd.  Heidi is expecting their first child.  Jamy, Heidi’s friend from boarding school, who now teaches at the local schoolhouse, has received a letter from her ten-year-old sister, Marta, begging to come visit.  Can Heidi handle a baby and a desperate ten year old in addition to her husband, mother-in-law and the Alm-Uncle (her grandfather)?

My Review:

One of my favorite books when I was a little girl was Heidi.  I even enjoyed the Shirley Temple movie version of the story, even though it was not that close to the original.

For my tenth birthday, I received Heidi Grows Up.  It was so much fun to read Tritten’s continuation of the beloved story.

I had no idea that there was a second sequel until about four months ago when I read Barbara Fisher’s March House blog, highlighting her latest find, Heidi’s Children.  While I couldn’t afford to send to England for Ms. Fisher’s pristine copy, I did find an old,beat-up library copy in readable condition, for dirt cheap on Amazon.

Heidi's Children Book Review

This book is just as sweet and wholesome as its predecessors.  There is a strong Christian theme running throughout which I found comforting rather than preachy.

Marta, Jamy’s sister, is an anxious child, prone to bouts of hysteria.  She is unsure of herself and her place in the world since the grandmother who raised her has died and her parents are wealthy party people.

Heidi and her grandfather try to teach Marta the power of prayer as well as two phrases which really rang home with me, “Have courage” and “Be ready to forgive!”  If you have been following this blog for awhile, you may remember that I have struggled with both of these issues (The Year of No Fear, My One Word for 2013: Courage).  It was nice to see a fresh reminder from so many years ago!!

I think this book (in fact, all 3 of them) would be a fine addition to any pre-teen’s library.  The beautiful descriptions of the Swiss countryside, combined with the look inside Heidi’s family, make for a charming piece of historical children’s literature.   I give Heidi’s Children four milk cans!!!

I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I purchased the book myself, and wanted to share this review with my readers.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

I’ve tried making tortellini soup before, but it never turned out quite right.  Maybe because I’ve always only guessed at a recipe.  Also, we figured out this time around that fresh tortellini (or even frozen) works much better than dry.  Anyway, Bud’s girlfriend has a great family recipe which she made for us last week.  She has agreed to let me share it with my readers (thank you Willow!!)

chicken tortellini soup (1)

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp. butter

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 large shallot, diced

2-3 yellow baby bell peppers, chopped

2-3 small potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 container (approx. 20 oz.) refrigerated tortellini

1 can (16 oz.) cannellini beans (white kidney beans)

2 qts. chicken broth ( I used the broth I made from my poached chicken recipe)

fresh basil

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Saute’ garlic and shallots in butter over medium heat until translucent.  Add potatoes and pepper.  Saute’ five more minutes.  Add chicken broth. Stir over high heat, until the mixture reaches a boil.  Add tortellini and white beans.  Return to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes, or until tortellini is tender.  To serve place a few basil leaves plus 2 Tbsp. shredded mozzarella in the bottom of each individual bowl, then cover with hot soup.

chicken tortellini soup recipeEnjoy!!

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