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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. Children's illustrated book a little girl is sent by her mother because a war is coming only for her to return to her mother in her old age. Heavy Holocaust overtones. [s]

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Jamie (myprettycabinet) | 2 comments I'm sure the book is older than me, so anytime after 1986 would be when I read it. It's really dark. It has lush, full-spread illustrations and hidden Jewish imagery. I remember a nondescript graveyard with a tombstone that has the Star of David on it.

The little girl has to walk through creepy woods on a dirt path in bare feet. It's a very Odyssey type idea, because she's only gone for a few days or something, but her young mother is withered and old when she returns. I kinda think they both die at the end...

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Becca (beccalikesbooks) | 2065 comments Sounds like Dear Mili by Wilhelm Grimm.

Jamie (myprettycabinet) | 2 comments YES. Maurice Sendak! That's why the illustrations stand out so vividly. He's my favorite illustrator.

You can see refugees and Auschwitz in the distance. Very Grimm, I have to say. Pun intended.

Thank you!!

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Becca (beccalikesbooks) | 2065 comments You're welcome! Glad to help.

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