Histoire de Julie qui avait une ombre de garçon

(The story of Julie who had a boy's shadow) Book not yet available in English


Julie is a mischievous little girl who likes playing boys’ games. Her parents soon start calling her a tomboy. One day, she realises that her shadow is a boy and she tries as hard as she can to lose it. She then meets a little boy in a park who is sad because everyone says he looks like a girl. [Source: Electre]


First published in 1976, this pioneering picture book has had several editions and has come to be acknowledged as a classic of anti-sexist children’s literature. This is the long overdue new edition of the most significant book to be published in the wake of the events of May 1968. Julie has an identity – a sexual identity – as well as questions and difficulties. No book had ever discussed such topics, in a poetic text that draws on psychoanalytical theory. The book caused a scandal, but it also proved a catalyst for discussions for those who talked to children as complex, profound beings. The new edition, still highly relevant, is in a new hardcover format with a magnificently updated layout. [published in La Revue des livres pour enfants. Best books of 2009 – Source: CNLJ / Bibliothèque nationale de France]

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Bruel, Christian; Galland, Anne

Illustrator(s): Bozellec, Anne

Publisher: Thierry Magnier

City: Paris

Year: 2014

Pages: 50

ISBN: 9782364745018

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: FR

Original Language: FR

Keywords: Body image, Identity, Self-acceptance

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