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Dear Mili Hardcover – 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux,; Book Club edition (1988)
  • ISBN-10: 0008881294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008881290
  • ASIN: B000N4W48E
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This tale by Grimm is beautiful.
britneyxyz
I recently purchased this book for my mom for her birthday.
Adrienne M Walker
Nice story, and the book's condition was great.
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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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