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Philipp B. Winterberg M.A. studied Communication Science, Psychology and Law. He lives in Germany and loves being multifaceted: He went parachuting in Namibia, meditated in Thailand, and swam with sharks and stingrays in Fiji and Polynesia. Philipp Winterberg's books introduce new perspectives on essential themes like friendship, mindfulness and happiness. They are read in languages and countries all over the globe. A World Children’s Book for Every Country on the Planet From Afar to Zulu: The picture book Am I small? (ISBN: 149230977X) has been translated into over 100 languages since its publication. The story by author Philipp Winterberg is available for every country in the world in at least one national language. It is the world's first children's book covering the entire globe. In Am I small? young and old readers alike accompany the girl Tamia on a journey full of wonders. Together they discover that size is relative and that Tamia is just right the way she is. "Enchanting" judges the trade journal Eselsohr; "wonderful for bilingual families, and kindergartens," says the Börsenblatt and the American book review magazine Kirkus Reviews kindly compliments "for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details [...] told in simple and engaging words and imaginative pictures." More than 200 translators have already participated in the World Children's Book. Sometimes the research took months, "I had to look for a Tibetan translator for almost a year," says Winterberg. The book is now also available in hundreds of language combinations, such as Spanish-Tagalog or German-Tigrinya — a language spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea, whose script is reminiscent of children's drawings. In the years and decades to come the World Children's Book project will continue to grow. The aim is to gradually translate Am I small? into over 500 languages.

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CHILDREN'S & TEEN

THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD

BY Philipp Winterberg • POSTED ON Nov. 11, 2017

Fearful creatures lose their home, but friendly birds guide them to a safe spot in this picture book translated from the German.

Max and Alexa, two black birds, must return a letter to its sender, and the address is an old ship stuck on top of a mountain. Inside are small, timid, orange creatures called “scaredies.” After a great flood receded, other animals left the boat, but the scaredies stayed behind. Now the craft is breaking up; the letter was to the ship’s captain, asking for help in finding a new, safe place. Maybe the birds could help? Alexa smiles and says, “The safest place in the world is with friends…who…can take care of you.” In an entertaining sequence, the scaredies get a balloon ready for takeoff and all fly off together to the birds’ nest, where they discover that “sweet dreams were already waiting for them.” Winterberg (South Asia Highlights & Impressions, 2017, etc.) effectively builds up suspense about what’s inside the ark, lets his characters express their fears, and provides a comforting solution in terms that young children may appreciate. The story is boosted by Hesse’s (Fifteen Feet of Time, 2016, etc.) illustrations, which vividly portray the characters’ expressions of surprise, fear, determination, encouragement, and, finally, relaxation.

Sweet and reassuring but never saccharine thanks to fine comic touches.

Pub Date: Nov. 11, 2017

Page count: 28pp

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2018

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CHILDREN'S & TEEN

AM I SMALL?

BY Philipp Winterberg • POSTED ON Sept. 8, 2013

A picture book tells children that no matter what your size, you are perfect the way you are.

In Winterberg’s (Fifteen Feet of Time, 2013) book, Tamia wants to figure out if she is small or not. In a simple question-and-answer format, she asks various creatures about her size. A big creature with yellow fur says: “Small? You? You are smaller than small! You are teeny-weeny!” Tamia puts her question to others, including a crescent moon, who answers, “Tiny? You? You are microscopic!" About halfway through the story, she begins to ask a different question: “Am I big?” Scaling down from the large creatures she approached at first, Tamia turns to a turtle, a flower, a ladybug and a small green worm. The worm, sticking out of an apple, tells Tamia, “You are gigantic!” In a magnificent realization, Tamia sees that size is relative. “I’ve got it!” Tamia says, “I’m everything, and if I’m everything, I’m also: just right!” On their own, children may find it a bit difficult to read Winterberg’s words, which often appear on top of illustrations and can be hard to discern, but adults should have no trouble reading the story to them. Wichmann’s detailed and dreamlike illustrations complement the simple messages of the book: Accept yourself as you are, no matter what your size, and you don’t have to compare yourself to others in order to be special. In addition to Tamia’s curly hair and her zany red hat, each page has details children may want to study. On one page, these include an image of a green turtle floating in a pond alongside a duck wearing water wings. Some of the pictures are so fanciful they can be a challenge to decipher, but that may add to their appeal for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details.

A small girl learns to accept herself as she is in a story told in simple and engaging words and imaginative pictures.

Pub Date: Sept. 8, 2013

ISBN: 978-1492309772

Page count: 28pp

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2014

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CHILDREN'S & TEEN

FIFTEEN FEET OF TIME

BY Philipp Winterberg • POSTED ON March 30, 2013

In this whimsical debut picture book translated from the German, Hesse and Winterberg implore young and adult readers alike to embrace what they love to do.

The authors tackle the theme of what people can do when they’re true to themselves. Playing to this idea, they show characters forgoing mundane routines and defying expectations. For instance, while stuck in traffic, a weather-forecasting frog on his way to a TV studio “was about to honk his horn” when he saw the sun rising in his rearview mirror. “He frowned and thought to himself…I’ve been doing this for so long now that I can’t even recall the last time that I actually felt and enjoyed the weather.” Breaking from his routine, he climbs to the highest rooftop of a nearby building to bask in the sun. Meanwhile, an Italian violin famous throughout the land decides to perform spontaneously while standing on top of her limousine, dazzling her fellow commuters sitting in traffic. Close by, two penguins on their way to work in the city’s casino spot a large spider knitting outside her window and implore her to make them a hammock, “[s]o we can put it up over the street and sit in it! And listen to the violin play and enjoy the sun.” In the end, the story shows how small acts of joy can inspire others. Throughout, Hesse’s mixed-media illustrations will delight both children and adult readers; her picture of an overweight businessman sporting a tie emblazoned with Chinese text and an older woman wearing “recycled” clothes, for example, provides priceless commentary on how the rich and elderly are valued in today’s global economy. Readers will also appreciate the fantastic illustrations of card-playing penguins and a firefighting gargoyle, despite the muted earth tones used throughout. Although the English translation is stilted at times, readers will still find it easy to appreciate the universal themes in this clever picture book.

A charming carpe diem tale for readers of all ages. 

Pub Date: March 30, 2013

ISBN: 978-1483987613

Page count: 32pp

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: March 13, 2014

Easy German with Philipp Winterberg

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

Drölf! (German Edition)

What is going on in the sky meadow, where the sleep sheep live which are counted by people who can’t sleep at night? It is obvious: During the day they do several kinds of work and in the evening they form a line to be counted. But as everybody is fast asleep by the time he has counted sheep 100, the sheep with the number 101 is sad: it is simply never its turn. Until a little boy counts very unconventionally and turns the well organized world of the sheep upside down.
Published: Feb. 2, 2014
ISBN: 3702658580

Egbert turns red/egberto arrossisce: Children's Picture Book English-Italian (Bilingual Edition)

Egbert turns red. When Manfred bullies and teases him, Egbert turns very red. Angry and red. What can one do about it? Egbert has a plan and an adventurous idea ...
Published: Sept. 10, 2014
ISBN: 1502324636

In here, out there! In här, ut där!: Children's Picture Book English-Swedish (Bilingual Edition)

When the neighbor complains, Ruby teases and the kindergarten teacher keeps nagging, Joseph couldn't care less. Luckily, you have two ears: one for in and one for out. There is only one person in the world that Joseph listens to ... Reviews "Amusing"—Münstersche Zeitung "poetic and playful illustrations"—Ruhrpottkids.com "A little bit of text, many pictures, much sense! [...] These illustrations are fantastic!"—Amazon Customer Review "Sometimes its best to ignore and not listen to insults. [...] a very quick read. The story was charmingly cute that showcased a really good message of the importance to being unapologetically you."—Amazon Customer Review "Hesse's characters are cartoony, but not too cool and modern, they are adorable"—Ruhrnachrichten.de "great gift for stressed-out colleagues who take too much to heart. There are things that you simply have to ignore: In here, out there!"—Papillionisliest.wordpress.com "Lovable"—Muensterlandzeitung.de
Published: July 31, 2015
ISBN: 1515293874

Just like Dad/Wie Papa: Children's Picture Book English-German (Bilingual Edition)

Ben wants to be like his dad today. But being just like Dad is not so easy. Heute will Ben so sein wie sein Papa. Doch wie Papa zu sein ist gar nicht so einfach.
Published: Feb. 11, 2016
ISBN: 3192395974

South Pacific: Highlights & Impressions

How are the beaches in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Tonga? Which color does a Samoan post box have? Are there baby sharks near the beach? What does Fijian money look like? Fun for children of all ages. The book has almost no text, but many, many photos. With the "Wimmelfoto Game" at the end you can check whether you have spotted all the details. More than 100 photos invite you to wonder and enjoy highlights of fascinating countries.
Published: July 10, 2016
ISBN: 1535195266

St. James' Way in a Tuxedo: On the road to a perfect packing list. An equipment guide. Making a pilgrimage with a 3-kg backpack

St. James' Way in a Tuxedo? Really? Really. A Danish pilgrim has arrived wearing his finest get-up because he thinks that Spanish restaurants won’t let him in otherwise. Other pilgrims bring their hammocks, huge dictionaries, solar-powered chargers, bags full of supplies, batteries... For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have followed St. James' Way – you would expect that by now, word about a good packing list would have spread already. On the contrary: many pilgrims arrive with enormous backpacks, weighing 20-30 kilograms, and damage their feet, knees and shoulders before spending lots of money on sending huge packages back home. In short episodes, the author describes the confusion of getting equipment, eventually making his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela carrying only 3 kilograms in his backpack. This equipment guide is a must-have for pilgrims of every age, who want to arrive healthy and safely in Santiago de Compostela!
Published: Sept. 23, 2014