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6 Degrees V

Posted by on July 15, 2014

Last week, DJ Edwardson shared his connection from my post on Atherton to The Secret Garden, and guess who jumped to my mind?

heidi book coverClara/Klara Sesemann from Heidi. It has been years since I’ve read these books and watched the movie, so my memory might be blurring the storylines a bit.

In The Secret Garden, we had Colin Craven. A young boy hidden away, weak in health and body, and unable to walk. But Mary spends time with him and insists that he needs to get out and enjoy the fresh air. So in the wheelchair he goes, and out to the garden where he eventually grows stronger and walks again.

Clara is in a very similar situation. She can’t walk and is lonely. Her wealthy parents hire a companion who introduces her to the fresh air of the alps and she grows stronger and learns to walk as well.

But the main story is about Heidi, an orphan. She is sent to live with her grandfather in the alps, her selfish aunt Dete not wanting anything to do with her. The grandfather is a cantankerous old man, wanting nothing to do with the villagers or people in general, but Heidi softens his heart.

While in the Alps, Heidi befriends Peter who tends the goats, his mother, and blind grandmother. But Heidi’s aunt Dete returns to get Heidi to be a hired playmate for a wealthy girl who cannot walk. Clara Seseman. But Heidi becomes increasingly homesick for the alps and later returns to her grandfather.

Clara’s doctor recommends that the alps and fresh air would do her good, so Clara goes to visit Heidi. Clara gets stronger, but Peter, being jealous, destroys Clara’s wheelchair, hoping the child would have to return home. But Clara pushes herself and learns to walk instead.

So, any of those characters remind you of any character in particular? If you’d like to join the fun, let DJ know over on his blog.

Jenelle Schmidt also chose Colin, check out which character he reminded her of!



8 Responses to 6 Degrees V

  1. DJ Edwardson

    Ah, Heidi, another classic in the same vein as Secret Garden definitely. Were they written about the same time? I’m not sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were.

    Though I haven’t read Heidi, I’m familiar with the story and have had it on my “to read” list for a long time. Great pick! So many characters to choose from between your post and Jenelle’s. How will I decide?!

  2. Jenelle Leanne

    Now I have to go re-read Heidi, it’s been far too long! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Agreed! It was one of my childhood favorites. I even had Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children. But it has been a long time. I wonder if I would enjoy them as much as I did back then. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. sparksofember

    Hmm, I’m thinking Dickon reminds me of Spiller from The Borrowers.

    Or Heidi reminds me of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. Orphan, sent to live with an older couple and infects them with her joy in life. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, that’s a good connection! Heidi –> Anne of Green Gables. Don’t think I’ve heard of The Borrowers. Thanks for stopping by!

      • sparksofember

        What?? You haven’t heard of The Borrowers? They are a classic series that’s been made into several movies/miniseries. Including a Studio Ghibli called The Secret World of Arrietty most recently. Add them to your list of recommendations for your kids – they’re good for ages 8 and up! (I still enjoy them.)

        • J.L. Mbewe

          Oh, I just checked them out on Amazon. They sound awesome. I love miniature stuff. I will definitely check them out! Thanks for recommending them. 🙂

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