Martine casterman


Martine casterman

Martine at the circus *. – Casterman

I posted This photo of books Martine on my instagram account last week, and the reactions have been surprised me (wow I totally reverses the buzzfeed the madness tracks).

I had just got these a few books press officer Casterman which bump with my boyfriend at this time and to whom I had given my absolute love for Martine. Martine is throughout my childhood, I was reading in my grandparents who had them all (Finally this is what I thought, It was in fact published a year of 1954 to 2010).

Then when some of you have bitched that was hyper sexist I me am questioned, because it is not at all the memory that I.

For me Martine was super little girl who was about : painting, bike, dance, DIY, cooking. And it seemed to me that she was not really locked in his role as little girl all the time.

I remembered that there was a 50's at this level footprint, but already child, I realized and if it was sometimes DIY for Jean and Martine kitchen (When it celebrates its anniversary for example) It was mainly associated with the time. Martine is therefore not particularly sexist, but the reflection of a different era, It is important to keep it in mind or to clarify if one reads it with a child.





Martine at the fairground *. – Casterman

Provided, I understand that young modern moms would like to show something else their little girls, that is not the dance for girls and football for boys. I'm 3000% behind this idea. Myself, child, I preferred to play at small cars as the Barbies and ado I most wanted to become an engineer as schoolteacher (I had the chance to be rather tight shots).

Du you want to show a feminine different model to your children, but you're still attached to Martine and that it poses a problem, I recommend that there : Martine at the circus.

It is strange because it is one of the oldest Martine (It dates from 1956) but this is one of the nicest at the levels. Martine is turn by turn bike Acrobat, Balancing Act, Trainer of horses, sorceress, Lion Tamer, It assumes all roles.

And then that there's a little on the side of Disney in the drawing and with the animals in the circus. I also really like more this style of illustrations to paint for Martine than that found in the years 70-80 pencil of color that were less well aged according to me (as there).








Martine with his suit's Mr Loyal <3 and the lions very Disney at that time


In the first few pages there is even this text : “Martine file to change. Behind the scenes, There are beautiful costumes : dresses with Ruffles, ribbons, jackets of all colors… – I'll be able to dress me as I want to… And even makeup me ! You too chubby”

That I find really good so it opens the field of possibilities from the outset.

Suddenly if you like Martine, do not deprive you no longer, just flip through the front, There are some who have not taken a ride and that save us Knight boys and girls in Princess and those there remain my favorite (Martine boat is very nice, she visits the engine room and dream of her dressed as a cow boy). You will see that the oldest Martine of the years 50 pose enough little problem (It's more in the years 60-70 that is bof bof), and from the years 80 also everything is fine.

Marcel Marlier illustration are so beautiful, It would be a shame to Miss…



Martine boat

Martine boat *. – Casterman

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  1. 14 June 2016 at 9:49

    Me too I keep a good memory of the Martine, for me it is a little girl who is full of things, Forte's proposals, She's never bored and so I thought cool. One that I have in mind is the one where she built huts of crazy, We were super impressed with my cousins because the our worth as slab.
    Proving that the child knows its choices because my grandparents had greatly but it is not the side “crackin'” that I retained in these readings.

  2. 14 June 2016 at 9:52

    Ahhhhhh it is funny, Martine at the circus was just my favorite <3
    It must be said in fact that I devoured the eyes as their content more, je pense que j'ai gardé ça de l'enfance, This love of the beautiful illustrations ! Tu m'as tellement donné envie, I do not know if my mother has kept !

  3. 14 June 2016 at 9:56

    I also keep a great memory of the Martine. I wanted to learn to swim very early because the saw do in these sublime illustrations. I loved the dynamism of the character.

  4. 14 June 2016 at 9:56

    I was very surprised for the reactions with your IG post. I loved Martine also and in my memory, Martine was an adventurer who tested all possible activities, small rat of the opera at the learn to sail, activities of the circus (It is that magical one) with babysitter, nothing seemed forbidden. I think that as you marked, some shots are due at the time of publication. We need to stop crying sexism for everything and anything, editions Fleurus and their collections “Ptite girl” and “PTI boy” have much to learn from Martine!
    I would be pleased to leaf through my old Martine at my next visit at my parents, plunge me into this childish universe where all the adventures are permitted without restriction.

  5. Angelique Colorado
    14 June 2016 at 9:58

    I love Martine and sexist or not I would do them my children girl or boy discover !! This outbidding on sexism drunk me a little… When I was little there was not so many questions

    • Lucile Maillard
      14 June 2016 at 10:05

      If it was never asked question, It would probably not be voting today. It's good to reflect on what vehicle or gender stereotypes, non ? After in the case of Martine I do remember well at the books but I do not believe !

    • Angelique Colorado
      14 June 2016 at 10:07

      I do not say that should not be asking any questions but today I find it for any ! My daughter has almost 8 mois, at birth when we did his room, We have chosen furniture and pink paints … I took much reflection that it was sexist… I find just that in some cases this will far

    • Alice Danze Salmon
      14 June 2016 at 11:19

      Tout à fait d’accord avec vous. C’est comme pour les barbies. A cet âge la on ne se pose pas de telles questions 😀 je pense que ce sont les parents qui influencent plus les enfants. Donc si papa fait le ménage aussi je ne vois pas en quoi des martines posent problème 😁

    • Angelique Colorado
      14 June 2016 at 11:23

      Bon son papa ne fait pas le ménage, mais nous avons convenu cela car je suis au foyer et qu’il a un boulot très chronophage (ambulancier) But if it was the opposite that it was him at home and me to work it would take care of the House ! And the day when I took over the job this will be shared !

    • Lucile Maillard
      14 June 2016 at 17:35

      Angelique Colorado the decoration of your House looks at you and it's not nice to get this kind of criticism in a happy moment I agree. We can very well choose pink because it is a beautiful color, who knows if you did have a boy, may be would have it had pink also :) Unfortunately gender stereotypes are hiding in the small details. Then as says article, to just do the sorting ! Martine at the circus it has super air :D

  6. Virginie le Roux
    14 June 2016 at 10:01

    the illustrations are so adorable. It would be silly to deny children. Must he necessarily show them that the world is ugly , glaucous, dangerous,the people address you generally because they are interested, it becomes quickly ill, that there are able to maintain a virtual link without ever invite you a coffee or inquire about your health, that they deserve to be removed from the facebookienne list. must he necessarily show them everything.? Let dream them, keep a certain candour . We will still not put in hand the killing of orlando . These polemics are useless. the drawings are sublime like those of ernest and celestine. the adult world will take soon enough well disappoint them and cynicism always comes very quickly and the relational wanders. often with bitterness, I note the falsity of individuals under the gilded veneer and me say that for the scant attention which they are capable to me or to others, I prefer to break the links rather than wasting time with. A useful link is a person who loves you , teaches you, which lectures you, who is frank with you. and it is rather rare. If I had kids, I'll spare a little by bathing them in beautiful fictions. and martine e n would certainly be part. Luckily still me have my charcoal to keep a bit of lightness and not sink into sourness.

  7. 14 June 2016 at 10:08

    I have no memory of having read a quantity of Martine.
    I was a fan of Mafalda (It is treated ? – rires – ). To the concerned with the future of children, our daughter made the circus and wants to become a firefighter. It would be my fault ?

  8. Fiona Marchou
    14 June 2016 at 10:09

    I grew up with Martine, and as she wanted to make cakes, go in the fields, etc. I advise you the cartoons of Martine, that are adapted to our times without losing their childlike freshness

  9. 14 June 2016 at 10:10

    Oh no, me I keep a super memory ! And moreover I don't know where are passed all my Martine, should I start again to buy… I fully intend to make them read my future children. I remember to have learned to make pancakes with Martine in the kitchen and have learned to dive with Martine at the pool ! Aaaaah sweet childhood memories <3

  10. 14 June 2016 at 10:10

    Oh I had that one, I so imagined in its place with the umbrella and the tutu !!
    For me was Martine wonder, everything I dreamed to do, She was then the sexist why side not but I think like you that it reflects an era and it did not prevent me to read the club of 5 and worship Claude :-)

  11. Oh Captain Line
    14 June 2016 at 10:10

    It can also be a good support to explain has our child that what is written black on white is not necessarily a truth and that these stories “d’avant” highlight what is good today, as of the hotdog princesses who are around the world, par exemple…

  12. 14 June 2016 at 10:21

    Martine is sick, Martine at aunt Lucie and Martine by boat are my favorite I think… but essentially, I like them all. Just like you, I think they are a reflection of an era and they have never shocked me, I don't find it sexist and people who say otherwise can always take another book. We will continue to rave about the beautiful illustrations (so beautiful that I dreamed to live there when I was a kid) and the cute adventures !

  13. Coralie Denis Gaudin
    14 June 2016 at 10:24

    Me I was reading the “Alice”… I believe that it was really from another time !

  14. 14 June 2016 at 10:30

    Martine is not sexist in the direction where they could hear it today. Martine is, as you marked, from another time. I will therefore not go into this debate : This would be as critical of a classic novel with an analysis of today, It is skewed from the outset. Par contre, I can tell you that I still have great fondness for these books. I have kept my childhood twenty (years 80) and even a copy dating from the beginning of the 60 and that belonged to my mom. I find drawings so sweet, women even. I think part of my imaginary universe was built on these images and I find it very well like that. My favorite, c’est “Martine the theatre” or “Martine by plane” that made me many dream travel.

    • 15 June 2016 at 22:21

      Qu’est-ce qu’un dessin “female” exactly ?
      (Sinon bel article, and your comment is relevant but this little word stopped my reading...)

  15. 14 June 2016 at 10:38

    I've also read many small Martine and I had not thought of the sexist side. And yet with my fish memory, the only album I remember perfectly (with these lovely designs and beautiful dresses of Martine), c’est “Martine at home”. This image of Martine doing dishes marked me O_O she had a brush to clean his plates on which appeared the birds. I wanted the same plates, and the same brush…In retrospect, I freaking me out ! It was the perfect homemaker guide, Martine was cooking, passing the vacuum cleaner, was the laundry…I had forgotten this John who helped him in all household chores. Of course, It was in 1963…Although Jean helping in all tasks, This should be quite modern for that time. It is just a pity of not having kept in memory than this album…Should I takes me in !

  16. 14 June 2016 at 10:51

    But Martine at the circus !!! You ravives a big memory for me, the picture where she is magician is engraved in my memory !
    Martine is Martine, not criticism, shit !

  17. Marion Bot
    14 June 2016 at 10:53

    I've read all being younger Martine, We must also stop taking children for idiots, If it is high in the love of the other and oneself, and balanced so there is no reason he thinks that books, This is real life! ^^ I'm for equality of the sexes and will probably read the Martine if I girls! :p

    • 17 June 2016 at 23:37

      If you are for equality of the sexes, you will read also your boys the Martine then . :-)

  18. 14 June 2016 at 10:55

    Completely agree with you ! I fight against the stereotypes on a daily basis and leads even a work of research top, but I find that the most important is nothing boycott and, surtout, take the recoil (and do not make Martine a book for girls) ! Après tout, It is also as it that a child understands the developments in society and may develop a sense critical towards the clichés, provided that an adult helps him better understand the book. When I think of the fact that I spent my childhood to dream me into heroin Disney playing with dolls, but also small cars and tinkering, I tell myself that there is hope ! En tout cas, Bravo for this article, I agree with 100% in your words !

  19. 14 June 2016 at 11:04

    Martine at the circus!! It was my favorite, je l'ai lu, Re-read, rerelu hundreds of times!
    I also loved albums of “Caroline” by Pierre Probst, It was too nice. But I don't quite know how I percevrais if I was reading today.


  20. 14 June 2016 at 11:07

    I will never understand this need to scream sexism for a Yes or a no, just by polemical spirit. These are a beautiful children's books (MAS not only!), full of innocence and magnificent illustrations. Read therefore as a child, simply and naively :)
    And it is true that Martine at the circus is awesome, j’adore!

  21. 14 June 2016 at 11:09

    I love the designs and I've always loved Martine when I was a kid, I found it very naive and at the same time ca made me dream, It was a kind of world where you could do everything !!!
    It makes me want to to meet again a few for back me to childhood …

  22. 14 June 2016 at 11:09

    Merci ! I haven't read all the child Martine, but I loved Martine, small rat of the Opera, Martine takes the train - the first because I was taking ballet lessons, and the second because at home I was a tomboy (I played with my elder brother to the lego,Playmobil, car racing, bike races, fishing, fight, Slingshot) . I always read (and yet today (I have a blog dedicated to books)) and I do not think that Martine had a any influence ! But in retrospect, It was those years 50 (my mother loved that where it's the skates ice, the title escapes me) and my mother was also a tomboy !
    Do not switch to extremism – What annoys me is to still see supermarket shelves divided into Pink for girls and blue for boys ..
    and like you, I'm a big fan of the design of M.Marlier

  23. 14 June 2016 at 11:15

    My daughter's 3 years is a fan fan of Martine, It does not want a zizi to pee standing up, to love playing football and being really daredevil.
    Maybe I'll get to come on but I find sometimes see sexism everywhere it is exhausting.
    We are not going to change everything that has happened in history (represented in all forms of art) on principle of feminism.
    Pour moi, Martine, It is above all the books that have more than 50 for some years, pretty, with beautiful stories, a small girl touches everything, who knows to do many things and who makes you want to discover.
    I was also very embarrassed that the “Martine little mother” has been transformed into “Martine keeps his little brother”.
    I got the second version by my sister to my 2nd pregnancy announcement and said to myself “chic, a new Martine”, que bothered, it is fair “Martine little mother” renowned for our time… Bref :-)

    It is up to us, parents, to build the image of motherhood, in parenting, with our children, to analyze literature, l & rsquo; history, under the spectrum of today. It is up to us to explain without concealing the past.

    I have a perfect CV, one who announced the euros to the key, after 5 years old, I decided to revert me in couture, I always bump as much or even more but I have a flexibility that I had not before, especially in my family life. With the arrival of the 2nd looming, I decided, with my husband, reduce my activity (because the position of my husband allow, This is true but also because we have completely changed our rhythm of life) in order to be more present in the home, look after the children, also have time for me,… Last week I saw a broker for my real estate loan, He told me seeing my young business and my sales “anyway, These are just the beginning, you will earn more after”, I replied that not, It was on this income need to be based, I had changed life no longer have pressure and certainly not the money. He looked at me hallucinating air, as if you want to take care of his family and home when a woman is a lack of ambition and a regression… At one point it goes too far. We must also respect the choices make some, observe the difference between women but also between women and men. We are all different, equal but different. I'm really afraid that today ' hui feminism want to disappear the differences that exist among all…

    Nothing for the old message too long, too committed from Tuesday noon :-D :-)

    • 14 June 2016 at 13:58

      But for each dealer that will look you strangely, a healthy woman without children is emmerder by aunt Gisèle to a family meal :-D feminism is designed to reduce differences, as wage differences, differences in treatment = the have, but is not intended to erase the differences between individuals. It must only be lucid and take into account the fact that if your husband position allows you to work less, It is also because men earn more than women in General (What is the opposite situation would have been possible if you had kept your old job ? Good in all cases your husband would be made look even more through that you if it had decided months work to spend more time with your children :-)), or that women who have a choice in their professional and financial situation remain a minority (look at the numbers of part-time work for example).

      • 16 June 2016 at 15:09

        I agree with you for the feminism which seeks to ensure equal :-) What get tired it is feminism at any price to differences, par exemple, women who complain that men of is sit down legs spread wide in the subway… WTF?
        A pair of c * es takes more room, It is morphologically different, I find that it tends too much to see evil everywhere.
        I do not say that there is no violence against women, that there is no such thing as harassment (I even thought, while I was pregnant with my daughter, that it was harder born woman as man in this world, most likely to be assaulted, violated, beat,…), I just tell myself : STOP, Let the people who want to read Martine, paint their room in pink, buy a barbie or a stove, do. As long as they do well in educating their children on values of respect.

        It is only in the context of my job, I earned more than my husband and I have always been the most ambitious in our couple. I stopped work in the private sector because the values did not correspond ;-) but it is true that today ' hui dads in parental exception ;-) et c’est vrai aussi que les revenus des femmes sont statistiquement moins élevés que ceux des hommes, qu’elles travaillent plus à temps partiel (normal, comme elles gagnent moins, que le sacrifice soit sur elle, et c’est là le cercle vicieux), tout ça en occultant les compétences… Bref :-) vaste débat! :-)

  24. 14 June 2016 at 11:16

    Completely agree with you :)

    Pure thanks this nice back ! Martine much rocked my childhood also and it's funny because Martine at the circus was one of my favorite, I had even inherited an old edition that was the favorite of my mom “Martine stewardess”.

    For the note of humor have you seen the completely stupid parodies of Martine blankets ?? On the occasion you will look in google image, It is very very very stupid… It cost me some good giggles with friends !

  25. 14 June 2016 at 11:21

    roooh, What is my long message has disappeared (because I did the Booger on pouet) or because it is under moderation?

  26. Olivia Hagimont
    14 June 2016 at 11:39

    Moi, what I remember, It's Martine, it a life rather not too bad, She travels, She finds kittens, It manufactures shacks, It goes into the cockpit of the pilot, short, There are worse as message. And otherwise, It is especially the reflection of a post war very patriarchal society. But it can also be a good point to explain to the child the evolution of the role of women in society. Even small, it works.

  27. 14 June 2016 at 12:00

    All my childhood, for my part I read with my aunt who had almost the entire collection.

    Bisous Fluff <3

  28. 14 June 2016 at 12:20

    Merci 1000 times for this article ! Like you, I loved Martine when I was little. And many years later, When I worked for the first time in a library, I am surprised never find Martine in the Youth Department… And that is that I was told : “Oh no, hein, Martine we don't like, It is sexist !”. Mais non, thousand times not ! Maybe it happened sometimes to Martine play MOM, to cook or do the dance, but it was not confined to this, Martine, It is an adventurer, She could do everything ! She rode on horseback, She was travelling, She was theatre, She went to the farm, etc. (I miss example, It's been long that I have not read…), and if he sometimes sometimes play with dolls, that is what it changes, If she wanted ? What is sexist, It is to think that women may not getting respect that by only a “boy activities” (WTF).

  29. 14 June 2016 at 12:44

    I also love Martine! There was a controversy about her here to the Portugal. When I & rsquo; kid, These books there were stories of a little girl called Anita. Recently, they decided to rename Martine (surely to standardize the books among the countries). Or, It's just weird :) Bref, for us, This will always be Anita :) I just even m’ offer an Anita mama bag (Martine MOM, j’imagine), for my first mother's day <3

  30. 14 June 2016 at 12:59

    I believe that the question of the allocation of roles is not the most difficult of the problems related to the series of the martine.
    marcel marlier drawings are full of references to the pin-up of the years 50 : lascivious poses, front-end look and smile, passage of the wind in dresses and short skirts, pastel colors. in “glamourisant” Children, Marcel marlier sexualised them. and if it stops on the image of martine in sorceress, modelled on the gestural and the aesthetics of the movie star of the years 50, or more erotic yet, on the image of the Tamer in the body if drawn (that's missing the chest), You can really wonder about the choice of references of the Illustrator.

    I remember in an interview marcel marlier was completely innocent of the attacks that were made to him about the accoutrements of his toddlers, citing the famous “It was the time”. I believe that now we are part of a time educated at the image and what is really shocking in martine, It is the superposition of the world of childhood and the sexualized world of glamour to the American of the years 50.

  31. 14 June 2016 at 12:59

    Ah Ah Ah last year I offered : Martine takes the aircraft , to my husband who has a blue Funk of the aircraft “Martine the fact you can do ” ^^

    • 23 June 2016 at 18:30

      Extra ! J ai tellement ri en lisant ce commentaire :D je retiens l idée !!

  32. 14 June 2016 at 13:12

    Whether we like it or not the stories of Martine and the message that these books convey, the illustrations are indeed beautiful. I have a small fascination with the universe of a little kitsch circus, a little “Freaky” and they are superb.

  33. Exposito Alexandra
    14 June 2016 at 13:34

    Ohhhh lala happiness these martines!,,, and martine at the circus, the drawings are very beautiful….I remember each d between them. Me also these books have rocked my childhood….

    • Sophie Becue Davie
      14 June 2016 at 13:52

      I read them all for children… C’est les images sont magnifiques et rendent le monde dans lequel on vit plus doux… On adore!!!😘

  34. 14 June 2016 at 13:45

    Martine et moi c’est une grande histoire d’amour, I have them all normally, I had checkque the entire list and I've had absolutely not ashamed to buy my latest to 18-20 years old. Suffice to say that for me Martine was always a feminist, and above all a true Amanda, that life 1000 adventures and not afraid of anything. My favorites have always been those where she travels, Martine by plane, boat, hot air ballooning. I really liked as those where it was things I fear being small learns to swim, because of the veil, because of the horse, an accident. This gave me the courage if Martine can also do this then me ! Then of course on the 50 albums there is where it makes the kitchen, little mother, baby sitter, but it has never shocked me because it is only someone ' each in a collection that should be taken in all and only in these albums Martine rest the same strong and smart.

  35. 14 June 2016 at 14:23

    Me too I loved Martine when I was little! I was full but my favorite was “Martine has a strange neighbour”. My mother is stripped of everything when I started to grow, then when the nostalgia pointed his nose, I've spent years looking for my favorite Martine in the jumble! And I finally find it (It is always as pretty), but now I feel like a vacuum, I finished my quest… So I think I'll start looking for all those I had at the time!

  36. 14 June 2016 at 14:25

    Martine is throughout my childhood and that you watch illustrations in this article reminds me of fond memories.
    It's funny because I agree on some points concerning sexism. But we still see whenever Martine fend all alone (even if it's in the kitchen) She has always given me the impression of being reckless. Unlike the Disney where I always felt a bit nunuches princesses. And yet I love the disneys.
    But I think that was the child right to fantasize about these stories of “little girl”, I mean even if sometimes it is very limit level equal man woman, and there are some shots, It never prevented me from build me to be a strong woman, because what has counted it was above all the education that I had.
    Bonne journée :)

  37. 14 June 2016 at 14:32

    In great reader I read quite some Martine, but I've never acceded, trop “cuckoo” probably even if I also love the “cuckoo” ;-). Me I loved the “misfortunes of Sophie”, Investigations of “Caroline”, I was less illustrations in fact books, but the designs of the time are very beautiful and I think today that if I had a daughter I would read him, but can be with my nieces.

  38. 14 June 2016 at 15:30

    I followed the reactions to your photo posted on Instagram with fun : It's always amazing to see as an opinion worth as unique in the eyes of some truth. There are so many ways to lead his life, to raise its children, so many choices and convergence of ideas with each of us… It's a little sad to reduce a series of books with the word “sexist” When finally, everything depends on the way in which we present the history to our children, and when said history is part of a much broader context of daily life lessons.

  39. Anne-Valérie Perras
    14 June 2016 at 16:03

    It must be put in context with the time where they have written. Obviously that today ' hui it sounds sexist.

  40. 14 June 2016 at 16:50

    I am also a fan of these illustrations !

  41. 14 June 2016 at 20:03

    I have never had nor read of Martine. For my part I was more Disney. But it is true that the drawings are looks fabulous!!

  42. 14 June 2016 at 21:02

    I remember reading a few child Martine, but I wasn't very illustrated books. Given that I don't in have not laminated since years, I am careful to decide their sexist. But in my memories it was history about a bold girl who was full of different things. And as the other one so well said in the comments, the adult who reads this story with the child may very well explain the anachronisms on the role of women if there is. It is a shame to deprive ourselves of such a series, especially because there are lots of album which are not sexist.

  43. 14 June 2016 at 21:07

    I believe that certain albums of Martine are now rewritten. :)
    Me I was “Caroline” more than “Martine”, It was she who made me dream!!!
    I collect the albums elsewhere !

  44. Marine Mols
    14 June 2016 at 21:27

    This article touched me a lot. Review the illustrations of Martine, books I devoured child also, for the first time since many years really touched me. Merci :)

  45. 15 June 2016 at 4:45

    Hello !

    I also loved Martine being small, especially for its splendid illustrations however I find it unfortunate that you have chosen to highlight the paper on the circus. I m & rsquo; says : drawings of idealized circus animals hide a much bleaker reality : circus animals are wild animals that are locked in small cages, What is akin to abuse. For exemple, a lion is not to live in a cage and not leave that for “will cause” or give a show, moreover, no living being is. Animals are sentient with a yearning for living beings, they feel pain and deprivation and circuses with animals should be banned. There are already many countries that prohibit these practices (the list here : and there are other types of circuses like cirque plume or cirque Sun or Chinese circuses which are not animals and deliver great performances !

    So under this retro pulp and these lovely designs, I find that this is not a positive message to pass, even a lie to children who they think maybe that circus animals are all happy and all is well in the best of the world.

    I am sorry this is the first time that I leave a negative comment on your blog that I love and that I am since its inception, but I find the subject too important to be neglected.

    Here is hoping to have your opinion on the issue or at least have done you reflect on the subject, I wish you a good day,


  46. 15 June 2016 at 12:41

    Oh I loved Martine boat was one of my favorite I think :)
    I also have the memory of a Martine and her strange neighbor (named Cyclamen?) and many others… I remember, I was subscribed to the Martine with editions Atlas, and I was getting a monthly I believe at the time with a tape telling the story with music and sounds. I have the impression that I had all, but it is not safe… There was then Jean-Lou and Sophie, the cousins of Martine non?

    Ah, what damage that all my Martine are drowned in a damage water a day!

  47. 15 June 2016 at 12:47

    Martine is throughout my childhood and as I said yesterday to someone who had shared your ticket, I keep a wonderful memory, Martine is for me a fairy world.
    I learned to make pancakes with Martine, and lots of other stuff !
    I do not see the side sexist and in any case, If there really, I want to keep this intact memory of Martine, I love so much.

  48. Elise Anaïs Zan Myat
    15 June 2016 at 13:34

    Martine is not the Club of 5 either huh… I am feminist and there are some Martine in the library of my daughter !

  49. 15 June 2016 at 17:59

    You have mentioned my two favourite Martine : at the circus and boat. Moi aussi, I think it is a heroine who poses no barrier of type, and the old designs were superb (I knew however nothing of different techniques which were illustrators, merci !). En revanche, I do not know if you know album “Martine at school”. I found it in its first edition in Emmaus. Martine's girlfriend is black and is called “Cocoa”… here here… The album was released in 1957, I know that I should see it through the distance that you mention about gender roles, but it annoys me that the authors/publishers etc. have fallen in there.
    When I & rsquo; was little, What annoyed me especially in the Martine, It was his incredible train of life (I still remember her birthday party). I told myself that she had much luck and I envied him… Could identify with the heroine, but many things seemed out of reach in everyday life.
    It is only in adolescence that I was able to do things I thought infeasible for me when I was reading these albums : a summer internship at the circus school, go boating, go to the farm in class discovered in 6 °…
    I also loved the Fantomette, the detective Alice, The Club of 5, the novels of the Comtesse de Ségur, the law…

  50. Celine Housez
    15 June 2016 at 18:28

    Not clearly, These are books that reflect the temperament of their time! If we start to put old books in correlation with the ways to live or think current, then we did not finish to find to say, and not only for children's literature…

  51. 15 June 2016 at 20:16

    Like you I am a big fan of Martine. I also already had the note that Martine was gham and sexist, but this does not prevent my love… which is also more drawings and texts! I'm less excited by the most recent episodes, which I find drawings less beautiful. Among my favorite : Martine boat (j’ have even a poster!) and rat small Martine, opera….

  52. 15 June 2016 at 21:02

    So much memories !

  53. 15 June 2016 at 23:18

    Oh the the Martine, What memories ! I read and reread when I was little, and same teenager so designs were pretty and full of memories albums… As a passionate of dance, my favorite was rat small Martine, but I was not bad, and I loved them all ! It is true that some are a bit sexist, but well explained I think that this is not annoying (I often cringe over it, but Martine as you say is a very active girl who is full of different activities, which reduces slightly clichéd things) Thank you for your article !!

  54. 16 June 2016 at 4:43

    Bonsoir Élodie,

    In general, j’apprécie tes articles mais dans celui-ci, c’est plutôt l’apologie du cirque avec animaux qui me choque là !

    Je sais bien que ce n’estqu’une BD” but still, for me it gives a bad image to the children who will think after that it's normal to see animals to make a spectacle (in the circus and marine parks).

    I am against any kind of animal captivity, so I find shame to have highlighted this Martine BD at the circus (the kind of outputs which has absolutely more rather than be in our time). Go rather to see circuses without animals like the magnificent Cirque du soleil.

    Thin what !

    • 16 June 2016 at 13:41

      Phew thanks, I am not alone !

      • 16 June 2016 at 15:52

        Also thank you ;)

        Je sais bien que le sujet était le féminisme, mais ça m’a trop sauté aux yeux car la captivité animale est également un problème d’actualité

  55. 18 June 2016 at 18:56

    I prefer at Martine are multiple diversions that have been made. It makes me die laughing

    My favorite : Martine loves lasagna… And Martine did but not PQ ideas…

  56. 26 August 2016 at 12:19

    You're so right ! Il faut savoir remettre les choses dans le bon contexte : c’était une époque différente de celle d’aujourd’hui. Moi-même maman d’une petite fille de 3 ans et demi et ultra avec mon temps (le papa fait le ménage et bricole que dalle à la maison lol) je lui transmet aussi mes vieux Martine de mon enfance et je compte bien compléter la collection :) Elle adore et moi aussi !

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