Ursula Wölfel was the daughter of the conductor Karl Koethke , grew up in the Ruhr area as the youngest of four siblings and studied German, history, philosophy and psychology at the University of Heidelberg . In 1943 she married the architect Heinrich Wölfel, a year later her daughter Bettina was born. Her husband died in 1945 as a prisoner of war.
After the war she worked as a school helper. She then trained as a primary school teacher and was an assistant at the Pedagogical Institute in Jugenheim an der Bergstrasse . From 1951 to 1954 she studied German, art history and education at the University of Frankfurt . From 1955 to 1958 she taught as a special school teacher in Darmstadt and in the early 1960s she was an academic assistant to Klaus Doderer in the development phase of the Institute for Youth Book Research .
- 1962 German Youth Literature Prize , for fire shoe and wind sandal
- 1972 Austrian Prize for Youth Literature , for The Gray and the Green Fields
- 1991 Buxtehuder Bulle , for a house for everyone
- 1991 German Youth Literature Prize (Special Prize: Author Prize)
Works (in selection)
- Hans in hapiness. The old fairy tale as a modern class game. 1959.
- The red avenger. 1959.
Flying Star. 1959.
- Completely revised edition: Fliegender Stern , with drawings by Heiner Rotfuchs, Otto Meier Verlag, Ravensburg 1973, ISBN 3-473-39002-X .
- Sinchen behind the wall. 1960.
- Fire shoe and wind sandal . 1961.
- Moon, moon, moon. 1962.
- Mr. Wendelin. 1963.
- Julius. 1964.
- Joschi's garden. 1965.
- Wonderful things. My 1st reading book. 1966.
- Twenty-seven soup stories. 1968.
- Twenty-eight laughing stories. 1969.
- The blue Wagilö. 1969.
- The miracle gate. 1969.
- The gray and the green fields. True stories. 1970.
- Earth, our beautiful star. Illustrations by Štěpán Zavřel , Patmos Verlag, Düsseldorf 1971, ISBN 3-491-00323-7 .
- Sixteen why-stories from the people. 1971.
- Manuel lives next door. 1972.
- You would be the Pienek. Game stories, game designs, game ideas. 1973.
- Twenty-nine crazy stories. 1974.
- A hodgepodge of stories. 1974.
- The night bird. A story. 1975.
- Thirty Stories from Aunt Mila 1977
- A cage for the yellow bird. Children's theater piece, 1979.
- Jacob who dreamed a potato mine. Retold from his life 1832–1854. 1980.
- Brother Francis of Assisi. 1981.
- Tiny stories. 1986.
- From morning to evening. 1987.
- Hanna's journey. 1989.
- A house for everyone. 1991.
- The lucky card. 1993.
- About the magic hat and eleven other tiny stories. 1996.
- About the apple house and eleven other tiny stories. 1996.
- Morning child. Stories to read aloud. 1997.
- The most beautiful Martin's light. 2003.
- For whites only
- The other kids
- Flying Star. 2007.
- Flying star . Spoken by Michael Köhlmeier , Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89813-712-6 (radio play, 1 CD, 54 min.)
- Grit Günther: Topic: Problems of coping with life and possibilities of shaping life as an area of experience for children and adults. Ursula Wölfel, The gray and the green fields, Beltz - & - Gelberg-TB 673; Grade 3-4. Beltz et al. Gelberg, Weinheim u. a. 2005, ISBN 3-407-99114-2 .
- Anneli Kinzel: Literature card index for the children's book by Ursula Wölfel "Feuerschuh und Windsandale". Verlag an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr 2004, ISBN 3-86072-906-3 .
- Stephanie Neumeister: Literature card index for Ursula Wölfel's “The Red Avenger”. Verlag an der Ruhr, Mülheim 1997, ISBN 3-86072-267-0 .
- Martin Schleeh: Literature card index for Ursula Wölfel's “Joschi's Garden”. Verlag an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr 1996, ISBN 3-86072-215-8 .
- Hans Weber: Flying Star. Topic Indians, growing up. Primary level 2nd / 3rd Class. Ravensburg Pedagogical Office, Ravensburg 1998.
- Literature by and about Ursula Wölfel in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Ursula Wölfel in the German Digital Library
- Personal website for Ursula Wölfel
- Narrator of the outsider. By Lena Grundhuber on the occasion of Ursula Wölfel's 85th birthday. In: Neue Ruhr Zeitung from September 15, 2007.
- Master of realistic children's literature. Obituary. In: boersenblatt.net of July 25, 2014.
- Ursula Wölfel. In: Kürschner's German Literature Calendar 2014/2015: Volume I: AO. Volume II: PZ. , Walter De Gruyter Incorporated, 2014, p. 1158, ISBN 978-3-11-033720-4 .
- Tilman Spreckelsen: In wilderness and security. faz.net, September 14, 2012, accessed July 29, 2014.
- Homepage Ursula Wölfel /
- Tilman Spreckelsen: Joschis Gärtnerin, On the death of the children's book author Usula Wölfel. In: FAZ No. 171 of July 26, 2014, page 10.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German children's book author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 16, 1922|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hamborn|
|DATE OF DEATH||23rd July 2014|
|Place of death||Heidelberg|