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Dear Mili Paperback – May 18, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Preserved in a letter written to a young girl, Mili, in 1816 and not discovered until 1983, the Grimm story is prefaced by a tender address in which he underscores the story's message: although there are many obstacles that can prevent people from being together, "one human heart can go out to another, undeterred by what lies between." The story that follows implies that love transcends even death. Like many fairy tales, this one deals with extraordinary events. A widow sends her child into the forest to protect her from an approaching war. The girl is led by her guardian angel past menacing cliffs and chasms to the house of Saint Joseph with whom she lives for three days. Before she goes back to the village, Saint Joseph gives her a rosebud as a symbol of her return to paradise; when the girl reaches her home, she finds that the three days have been in reality 30 years. "God has granted the widow's last wish" to see her daughter once again. In the morning, mother and child are found dead, with Saint Joseph's rose "in full bloom." Sendak's haunting interpretation of this stark tale is often more emotionally compelling than the story itself. Dear Mili is a variation on the themes of loss, separation and love that Sendak has explored before, most recently in Outside Over There . In the tradition of 19th century Sunday school literature, the plot and language of the text are often predictable and obviously preachy. For example, after Mili's long journey and prayer, a cleansing rain falls: "God and my heart are weeping together," she says. In an attempt to transcend the limitations of the religious story, Sendak infuses it with images that are both nonsectarian and universal. Trees and roots in the valley of death become grasping, whitened bones scattered beneath an outline reminiscent of buildings at Auschwitz. The images are rich: dark clouds of war are etched with claws of yellow fire, and paradise is filled not only with music, but with lush flowers that burst, like those of Van Gogh or O'Keeffe, with passionate life. The volume may have more appeal for adults than for children, but nonetheless it contains unforgettable artwork of resonant power. Michael di Capua Books. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3 This is a problematic book: a potent combination of compelling pictures and a seriously disturbing text. Although the discovery of the tale in 1983 made front-page news, there is little novelty or originality to it. The story, found in a letter of 1816, is a pastiche of several ``religious tales.'' When war approaches, a widowed mother sends her beloved little daughter, protected by a guardian angel, into the forest, trusting God to bring her back in three days. The intrepid girl encounters St. Joseph, dutifully does what she is bid, shares her cake, and plays with the angel (now a doppel-ganger ). On the third day the angel-double leads her home, where she finds an ``old, old woman''her mother. In those 3 days, 30 years have passed, and the mother has suffered fear and misery during a great war, while mourning the daughter whom she believed dead. Mother and child happily spend the evening together, go to bedand are found dead in the morning. Separation, fear, violence, and even death are familiar elements in Grimms' tales: what is unsettling here is the treatment, the unanticipated mixture of fairy tale, realism, and religion. Our firm expectationsthat the child will be safeguarded by her mother's love, by God's Providence, and by her own staunch goodnessare brutally undermined by the ending. Publishing this pious parable as a picture book for children in 1988 makes W. Grimm look like a macabre forerunner of O. Henry. The pictures only compound the problem. Stunningly beautiful, in Sendak's elaborate neo-19th-Century style, packed with ``high art'' touches, their Romantic grace, cozy cottages, and abundant flowers all reinforce our feelings of security. Although the story hints strongly that when the heroine finds St. Joseph she is actually in Heaven, the setting offers no clarification on this point. The gorgeous art and the names Sendak and Grimm guarantee that this book will be requested. Warned by librarians and booksellers, parents might at least choose to modify or omit the last few lines at bedtime readings. Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This tale by Grimm is beautiful.
britneyxyz
This is such a startling beautiful book with the most rich, moving, and vibrant illustrations Maurice Sendak had done.
S. Cheung
Like a lot of Maurice Sendak's books - you love it as a kid, and you love it as an adult for very different reasons.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am 13 years old, but I still love this book like I did when I read it when I was 4 years old. It was one of the saddest, yet sweetest books I've ever read. I cry at the end when mother and daughter are reunited and I weep at the daughter's innocence.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dear Mili was a surprise in many ways. While Maurice Sendak has never failed to amaze, this tender rendering a newly discovered fairy tale set as a metaphor of children hidden in the holocaust is one of the most beautiful experiences a reader can have. This is my favorite children's book of all time: the artwork is I believe the peak of Sendak's career. A small girl living alone with her mother is sent for safety in the forest when a terrible foreboding threatens. In the forest she meets St. Joseph, and another small one, who keep her safe. Returning after a pleasant journey, she finds her mother aged and alone.
Their is joy and reunion: this is a poignant story on many levels. Looking deeply at the artwork one will see shoah themes:
Sendak in premiere Jewish sensitivity has done a remarkable thing: taken ancient Grimm Catholic legend and woven it into a metaphor for all of us, for all time. If this book does not tender the heart of the older who read to the younger, they have no heart. Absolutely 5-stars: Should be a classic and not out of print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Gu on December 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
It took me a while to recover after reading the story. True words are plain and simple. A short story, yet so powerful, just as I thought I've known it all, it makes me think hard about life from a whole new perspective. "Thus does my heart go out to you...", they may be long gone, but it feels like they are still talking to me.
A lost tale found after 150 years and I am so glad that I have found you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By britneyxyz on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This tale by Grimm is beautiful. In my opinion it is translated well as the words are rich and descriptive and there is a satisfying pace to the story throughout. The introduction itself is nearly as moving as the tale that follows. Sendak's illustrations magically combine reality with imagination and the double page spreads grow out from the page and allow you to fall into them.
The setting and scene changes are enough to tug your emotions. This story's scene sequence is as follows: a quiet country village, a village in panic at the threat of invasion, a child wandering alone in the woods, a child in the comforting care of St. Joseph, back to the village which has now changed.
The subject matter is not light in this tale about love and two hearts coming together. A tale like this could not be as well told if one were to attempt to tell it lightly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This spare, tender fairy tale has a calm beauty that touches the heart; add to that the lush, sumptuous illustrations by the truly gifted Maurice Sendak, and you have a book of otherworldly peace and depth. Thoughts that lie too deep for tears indeed ... highly recommended!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Missnorth on August 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book scared the crap out of me as a child. The images, the story are dark and nightmarish. The pictures are incredibly striking - I haven't picked up the book in years but I still remember many elements - fire licking from the sky, greyish tangling trees and flowers, the ghostly quality of the little girl. I wouldn't recommend this book for children. I don't think I've encountered anything in children's *or* adult literature since that has so disturbed me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tory on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dear Mili is a delightful long-lost story from Wilhem Grimm and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. The story itself is an evocative and somber exploration of the individual human and especially the child's reaction to war and tragedy. While heart-achingly sad at times the greater truth underlying the story pushes the reader along through a landscape made ethereal by Sendak's wonderful illustrations, illustrations that at times like a frightening and mysterious cabinet of curiosities filled with strange images barely hidden, watching. Sendak's illustrations blend in seamlessly with the narrative each giving greater depth to the other to such a degree that it feels almost collaborative, despite the 70 years separating Grimm's Death and Sendak's birth.

At heart Dear Mili is a journey story in the classic tradition but a journey into what unusual land? The reader is not quite certain if Little Mili's path takes her through a real world landscape that has been intruded on by other worldly figures or if she has somehow intruded into the other world herself or indeed if her path follows the old death roads of folklore and myth. Not until the last few pages are we given an answer and when it comes it hits like a powerful and sublime grace note .

Dear Mili can not be said to be a fairy tale in the Grimm tradition. It is too philosophical and too intimately crafted for a particular person. Mili was a very real little girl and this story was written as a letter for her in 1816. Despite this the tale has a strength born of it's universal meaning. Mili, though a real person could be any person in similar circumstances with similar feelings and apprehensions. And for children who have tasted the bitter fruit of conflict such a story could not help but too have a more significant meaning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This story is sad, but told beautifully. It is also inspiring and comforting.
A little girl is sent into the woods alone by her fearful mother when war comes to the village. She manages to find peace and loving care in the home of St. Joseph. When it is time for her to return to the village so much has changed.
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