Kurt Wiese

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Kurt Wiese (April 22, 1887 - May 27, 1974)[1] was a German-born book illustrator. Wiese wrote and illustrated 20 children's books and illustrated another 300 for other authors.

Biography[edit]

Wiese was born in Minden, Germany.[1] He aspired to be an artist but was discouraged by his community.[1]

World War One[edit]

Wiese lived and traveled in China for six years,[2] selling merchandise as a young man. At the outbreak of World War I, he was captured by the Japanese, and turned over to the British. He spent five years as a prisoner, most of them in Australia, where his fascination with the animal life inspired him to start sketching again.[3] After his release at the end of the war, Wiese returned to Germany but the economy was so bad that he moved to Brazil.[1]

United States[edit]

Wiese began his illustration career in Brazil, and in 1927 moved to the United States. His first critical success was with the illustrations for Felix Salten's Bambi in 1929.[1] In 1930 he married Gertrude Hansen, with whom he lived on a farm in Kingwood Township, New Jersey.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • Caldecott Honor Book Award in 1946 for You Can Write Chinese.
  • Caldecott Honor Book Award in 1948 for Fish in the Air.
  • Newbery Award winner Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze(illustrator).
  • Newbery Honor books Honk the Moose, Li Lun, Lad of Courage, and Daughter of the Mountains(illustrator)

Books and Illustrations[edit]

  • Ho-Ming – Girl of New China by Elizabeth Lewis, illustrations by Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Philadelphia, Chicago, The John C. Winston Company, 1934
  • Farm Boy: A Hunt for Indian Treasure by Phil Stong, illustrations by Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY, 1934
  • Pika and the Roses by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books 1959

(partial listing from Worldcat.org)

The Adventures of Monkey adapted from the Translation made from the Chinese of Wu Cheng-en by Arhur Waley. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. The John Day Company, New York.

  • Freddy and the Bean Home News by Walter R Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2000.
  • All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling; Kurt Wiese; Kipling Collection (Library of Congress). Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1936.
  • Freddy Plays Football by Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2001.
  • Freddy goes to Florida by Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, A.A. Knopf, 1949.
  • Freddy goes to the North Pole by Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2001.
  • Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Dodd, Mead, 1935.
  • Freddy and the Dragon by Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2000.
  • With Love and Irony by Yutang Lin; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : J. Day Co., 1940.
  • Freddy the Magician by Walter R Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2002.
  • The Fables of Aesop by Aesop; Joseph Jacobs; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, Macmillan 1950.
  • Freddy the Pilot by Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 1999.
  • Silver Chief, Dog of the North by Jack O'Brien Publisher: Philadelphia, J.C. Winston Co. 1933.
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Abingdon Press, 1947.
  • You can Write Chinese by Kurt Wiese, Publisher: New York, Viking Press, 1945.
  • Twenty-two Bears by Claire Huchet Bishop; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, Viking Press 1964.
  • Happy Easter by Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, Viking Press, 1952.
  • Pecos Bill and Lightning by Leigh Peck; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1940.
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: Cleveland and New York, World Pub. Co. 1946.
  • Freddy and the Perilous Adventure by Walter R Brooks; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1986, 1942.
  • Yen-Foh A Chinese Boy adapted from the Chinese by Ethel J Eldridge printed by Junior Press Books Albert Whitman & Co Chicago 1939.

+Lions in the Barn by Virginia Frances Voight; Kurt Wiese. Publisher: New York, Holiday House 1955.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Birthday Bios: Kurt Wiese," Children's Literature Network.
  2. ^ "Kurt Wiese" (about the author), The Story About Ping (Viking edition, Penguin Putnam, 1933).
  3. ^ James A. Michener Art Museum: Bucks County Artists

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