Sunday, 16 March 2008

Martine




When I was a kid, my favourite book (other than this one) was called Mary's Birthday Party. There was something about the illustrations in this simple story of a child's party that really captured my imagination. So, it was a real surprise when Auntie Mimi (David's sister) showed up at our home one day with a present for Lily - her childhood book of Martine fête son anniversaire. That's right, my childhood Mary was the english version of the famous Martine, beloved of many a french child for over 50 years. We now have four Martine books in french, out of the 50 or so that have been published. And so far it seems Lily likes Martine just as much as I liked Mary.

11 comments:

The Duchess said...

We love those here too! And I thought they seemed somehow familiar. Guess I must have had some when I was young. The illustrations are just so lovely. How nice you've been reacquainted with them!

Le Tigre said...

Oh la la Martine! A lot of those drawings in the martine books are ...odd. I got sent a bunch of martine pictures with the titles reworked for comedy value. A bit rude though, but I'll email it to you if I still have it.

Function of Time said...

I have never seen or heard about these before.

After reading the comments above, I looked up some illustrations. They are very sweet pictures.

Penny said...

HI Duchess! Thanks for stopping by. I'm not surprised your children like them too

Le Tigre - the drawings are a bit weird in a Stepford Wives/Midwitch Cuckoos kind of way, when viewed through cynical adult eyes! But I'll always have that nostalgic view of them too. Send me through the pictures if you can find them :)

Hi Colleen - Martine is everywhere here :)

Justin said...

how fabulous that you get to share something like that with your daughter and get the chance to read them now in French. I of course have 'The Mittle Prince' but only in Engish. I am not familiar with the books, but I am not sure if Martine would have been my cup of tea when I was growing up with my two brothers ;-)

Justin said...

darn typos... I am losing my English abilities... but I am sure you can deduce I meant 'The Little Prince' since mittle is not a word.

flo said...

wahou!! martine!!! I really enjoyed it...

mammaclaudia said...

I found some old Martine's books in my husband's parents house a few weeks ago and I liked the illustrations a lot...

misschrisc said...

A couple of coincidences hit me as I traveled over to your blog from ailleurs. I came here through Guera's blog because she gave us both the same little blog award in a recent post. I'm in Mexico but I call Hte. Savoie our home (and lived a lot in Annecy/Menthon over the years--my husband and I met there), but most importantly I just bought my son a LOAD of Martine books this Saturday at a used bookstore in Caen. He loves Martine!

I'm off to peruse the rest of your blog!

Grominou said...

Oooh I loved Martine!!

Penny said...

Hi Flo, Claudia, Misschrisc and Grominou - good to see there are lots of other Martine lovers out there :)

Justine - I have yet to read Le Petit Prince - I must get it from the library

:)