In 1983, a previously unknown tale by Wilhelm Grimm was found preserved in a letter which the author had written to a little girl in 1816. With fabulously detailed illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Maurice Sendak, this story for readers and listeners 5 to 8 recounts the adventures of a girl whose mother has sent her into the forest to protect her from a war. Guided by her guardian angel, the girl comes to the cottage of St. Joseph; intending to visit for three days, she later discovers that she has stayed for 30 years. If she returns home now, will her mother still be waiting for her?
"Dear Mili is among Mr. Sendak's finest creations. If one hesitates to call him the foremost illustrator in contemporary America, or the most accomplished draftsman, it is only because those terms set too narrow a limit on the nature of his achievement. He is an artist, nothing less; an artist with a powerful vision."—NYTimes