Gina Calleja, British-born Canadian author, Died at 88


Gina Calleja was born on March 12, 1928, in Lowestoft, England and died om March 7, 2017.

She was an author and illustrator of children’s books in Canada.

Jean Gadsby was her birth name.

She married Joseph Calleja, a painter and sculptor from Malta and the pair moved to Canada in 1958.

Gina worked as a secondary school teacher in Toronto.

During 1980, Calleja created the illustrations for Caroline Beech’s story, Peas again for lunch.

Then, Calleja illustrated two of Frank Etherington’s stories, The Spaghetti Word Race and Those Words.

She created her first children’s book as an author in 1983, entitled Tobo hates purple.

Gina continued to write and illustrate over the next two decades; her most recent book is Great Food for Happy Kids in 2001.

Gina Calleja passed away at 88 years old.