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Henry Winterfeld (1901–1990)

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Trouble at Timpetill [2008 film] — Original book — 5 exemplars


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Nom normalitzat
Winterfeld, Henry
Nom oficial
Winterfeld, Henry
Altres noms
Michael, Manfred
Gilbert, Henry
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Germany (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Lloc de naixement
Hamburg, Deutschland
Lloc de defunció
Machias, Maine, USA
Llocs de residència
Roque Bluffs, Maine, USA
Paris, France
Berlin, Germany
Berlin Conservatory
children's book author
young adult writer
Gilbert, Robert (Bruder)
Finnegan, Marianne Gilbert (niece)
Biografia breu
Henry Winterfeld was born to a Jewish family in Hamburg, Germany. His father Max Winterfeld was a composer and conductor who used a then-fashionable foreign pseudonym, Jean Gilbert. His brother Robert Winterfeld became a composer and writer under the pseudonym Robert Gilbert. After attending private school, Henry studied music at the Berlin Conservatory. He worked as a pianist and also wrote screenplays for films. He began his literary career writing stories to entertain his young son, Thomas Henry, who was sick with scarlet fever. The result was his successful first book, Timpetill – Die Stadt ohne Eltern (English translation: Trouble at Timpetill), published in 1937 in Zurich under the pseudonym Manfred Michael. After the Nazi regime rose to power in Germany in 1933, Winterfeld moved to Austria. With the Nazi Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, he moved with his wife and son to France in 1938. In 1939, he was arrested in Paris as a refugee and interned in Nevers until he and his family were allowed to emigrate to the USA in May 1940, one month before the German invasion of France in World War II. In 1946, he became an American citizen. He became famous with his popular children's and young adult novels, written in German and translated into many other languages. Some of his books have been adapted into films, including Les enfants de Timpelbach (2007), a French-Belgian-Luxembourg production. He was married to Elsie Winterfeld, a toy designer. Winterfeld's niece, Marianne Gilbert Finnegan, describes the life of the Winterfelds in the USA in her 2002 autobiography Memories of a Mischling: Becoming an American.



Three children find a rubber raft in which they hop into and decide to adventure the water
near the Australian coast. then they wish they had not even put there feet in that old
rubber raft, for as far as they all could see, they were stranded on an island that was covered
in tiny homes, tiny animals, tiny cars and trains and even real tiny people!!!
the three children find themself breaking front porches, running from tiny police men
with tiny pistols with ammo stuffed inside the pistol, their adventures in Lilliput are fantastic
and i think any child would love to read this book!
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largeroomlibrary | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 20, 2022 |
As an adult reader, I couldn't really enjoy this book. The science fiction is too fantasy and not at all sciencey, starting from the moment the protagonist explains to the earth children that she fell out of the window(!) of a space ship. Children on Asra ("Asra is a star"), she continues to reveal, live with their families in spherical houses set in gardens... with thornless roses... and love to go to school... and on and on... everything is different and idyllic and paradisaical. The big reveal in the last chapter is that the human-looking 87-year old little girl, who can breathe Earth air, is from Venus.

This might, or might not, have bothered me even when I was small. Even children's science books in the 1950s reported that Venus was impenetrably cloudy: Heinlein and Bradbury could almost make it plausible that humans could inhabit the mysterious second planet, but "The sun always shines on Asra" would be ... no. Of course, nobody knew how inhospitable the planet was until 1962 when NASA's Mariner discovered that Venus's surface temperature was above 800F!

On the one hand, the everything-is-perfect society reminds me of E. Nesbit's saccharine description of a future society inspired by "the great reformer" [HG] Wells; but the narrative fits most comfortably next to Emil and the Detectives (mentioned in this book), another German book for children featuring the same tropes -- child not-from-here arrives in town with problems, must avoid adults and authority figures, receives help from gang of children.

I might have liked it as a child. I liked Tatsinda and I mildly enjoyed the Mushroom Planet books. And I have to say that the illustrations with little boys all in lederhosen give a charming European flavour to the book!
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muumi | Feb 27, 2022 |
Readers learn about ancient Rome in spite of themselves as they follow the adventures of Roman schoolboys who arrive at school to find...
riselibrary_CSUC | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Jun 5, 2020 |
Very funny, great for the time I read it
katieloucks | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Feb 26, 2016 |



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