This is a newly discovered Wilhelm Grimm tale, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. A war is threatening Mili's town, so her mother sends her into the woods for three days to remain safe. Mili wanders through the forest, until stumbling upon a house inhabited by an old man. The readers, but not Mili, are told that this old man is St. Joseph. He cares for Mili for three days. During this time she befriends another young girl in the forest - her guardian angel whom she is now allowed to see. After three days Joseph gives her a rose, and says she may return when the rose blooms. Mili returns to her mother, and discovers she has been gone not 3 days but 30 years. After a joyful reunion, mother and daughter go to bed, and in the nighttime rejoin St. Joseph for good. Sendak's illustrations lend a contemporary subtext to Grimm's tale for astute adult readers.
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Karl Folkes on 10/3/2014 12:23:40 AM says: What I particularly like about Wilhelm Grimm's "Dear Mili" tale is its 'open-ended' nature, offering the astute, reflective reader opportunity to relate the inner message of the story to one's personal life history and continued development. Thus 'life' and 'death' as symbolized in the death of the child heroine and in the contrasting life-blooming of the mystic rose, serve as symbolic metaphors for recognizing and accepting that which endures (such as eternal truth) and rejecting that which is transitory, ephemeral, and vain-glorious, such as material glory. In a nutshell, this little book offers a parabolic message, inviting its readers to "suffer the children ...for of such is everlasting joy..." Ironically, it is this very message that may turn some people away.