This was our first read of the unabridged version and it was delightful! The narrative is beautifully composed and easy to read. The story is compelling, and God-honoring...even evangelical.
There is the element of reality brought forth through the character of Peter; he is at times jealous and at least once, acts out his envy through crime. But his behavior is not pictured as acceptable and actually sets a nice contrast to the loving countenance of Heidi in the story.
This book will surely grace our lunch table again in a few years, when the youngest girls are a little older.
I give this book a grade of "A."