Books: A Child's Garden of Lore And Laughter

From ants to Eskimos, twelve delightful volumes to grow on

The writer of fairy tales, said J.R.R. Tolkien, "makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter . . . You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside." This year a dozen books invite young readers inside to visit the worlds of animals, machinery and legend, places that can be re-entered as long as the enchantment lasts.

! A masterpiece by Maurice Sendak is rare. A newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, younger of the Grimm brothers, is unprecedented. The work of collaborators separated by more than 150 years is irresistible. All three converge in Dear Mili (Farrar,...

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