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Dear Mili by Wilhelm Grimm
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Apr 18, 10

bookshelves: fairy-tales-folktales, maurice-sendak, german-books, read-in-2010
Recommended to Ronyell by: Chandra
Read in April, 2010

"Dear Mili" is a story written by Wilhelm Grimm and illustrated by popular children's author Maurice Sendak that is regarded as being a lost story since we are never introduced to this tale in the original collection of the Brothers Grimm. This tale is about how a widow had to let her daughter go into the fierce wilderness in order to save her from the violence of the war that was raging in that country.

What was so surprising about this book was that this was the only tale from the Brothers Grimm that was written solely by Wilhelm Grimm and rarely used surreal fantasy elements like the Brothers Grimm's other tales such as "Rumpelstiltskin" and "Cinderella." Wilhelm Grimm had made this tale intense yet heartwarming at the same time as the reader feels sympathy for the little girl who is separated from her mother in amidst of a war going on and how the little girl finds help from God in her misfortune. Maurice Sendak's illustrations are once again extremely beautiful as the characters look extremely realistic especially of the images of the golden retriever at the beginning of the book as it looks shiny and beautiful. Also, Maurice Sendak provides the same surreal quality that is prevalent in his book Outside Over There as he draws the trees in a somewhat disturbing way as they look like they are looming over the little girl.

"Dear Mili" is a wonderful book about how a little girl believed in God to guide her way through the dangerous woods and is definitely a treat to read for anyone who is a fan of the Brothers Grimm. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is also another great book about a child being separated from his parents.
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