Last Friday I received a big package from my best friend in High School. Guess what was in the package? Books from the MARTINE serie!!! It's an old French book collection for little girls! I was beside myself with joy and nostalgia just looking at those old picture books that I loved so much during my childhood!
All the books in that collection are about Martine, the main character, and her life with her family and friends. The books are written in French by Marcel Marlier and Gilbert Delahaye. 50 book titles have been published since the first one in 1954.
One thing about Martine is that style of the illustrations change slightly throughout the years and my favorite remain the drawings from the 50s and 60s. You can see that quite clearly in some of the pages below from the books I received. Each era is easily recognizable with the fashion and hairstyle depicted in the illustrations.
Martine en bateau (1961)
Martine petite maman (1968)
Martine fait la cuisine (1974)