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Dear Mili : an old tale / by Wilhelm Grimm ; newly translated by Ralph Manheim ; with pictures by Maurice Sendak.

By: Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859.
Contributor(s): Sendak, Maurice [ill] | Manheim, Ralph, 1907-1992 [trl] | Tehon, Atha [tyg] | Farrar, Straus, and Giroux [pbl] | Fleetwood Litho and Letter Corporation [prt] | Horowitz/Rae Book Manufacturers (New York, N.Y.) [bnd] | Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress) | Michael di Capua Books (Firm) [pbl].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Michael di Capua Books : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.ISBN: 0374317623; 9780374317621.Subject(s): Joseph, Saint -- Legends -- Juvenile fiction | Girls -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction | Children -- Death -- Juvenile fiction | War stories | Abandoned children -- Juvenile fiction | Guardian angels -- Juvenile fiction | Saints -- Protection -- Juvenile fiction | Fear -- Juvenile fiction | Despair -- Juvenile fiction | Kindness -- Juvenile fiction | Love, Maternal -- Juvenile fiction | Death -- Juvenile fiction | Hope -- Juvenile fiction | Prayers -- Juvenile fiction | Forests and forestry -- Juvenile fiction | Fairy tales | Folklore -- Germany | Imprints 20th century 1988DDC classification: 398.27 | E Summary: In order to save her daughter from a terrible war, the mother sends her into the forest telling her to return in three days. She meets St. Joseph who cares for her for three days, which in reality is thirty years.
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Includes the letter written by Wilhelm Grimm to Mili containing the story of the little girl and St. Joesph.

Originally published in German.

Bound by Horowitz/Rae Book Manufacturers and typography by Atha Tehon -- t.p. verson.

In order to save her daughter from a terrible war, the mother sends her into the forest telling her to return in three days. She meets St. Joseph who cares for her for three days, which in reality is thirty years.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) and his brother Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, the collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). <p> The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences. <p> Wilhelm, the younger of the two, was said to have been gentle and poetic, and his brother claimed that he was a gifted public speaker. He studied at Marburg, then went to Cassel. In 1825, at the age of 39, he married Dorschen Wild, a playmate from his childhood, who accepted his close ties to his brother without question. Wilhelm enjoyed being married and was a devoted husband and father. <p> Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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