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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) HONOR through March 2023

The Magic Shell
By (author): Jillian Christmas Illustrated by: Diana G. A. Mungaray
Jillian Christmas ,

Illustrated by :

Diana G. A. Mungaray


Flamingo Rampant - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Mar 01, 2022
$18.95 CAD


8.25in x 10.75 x 0.25 in | 160 gr

Page Count:

28 pages


Colour illustrations
Flamingo Rampant
Trinidad & Tobago
  • Short Description
Pigeon Pea has a lot of questions about their family and ancestors one afternoon. Auntie entrusts them with a magic cowrie shell that whisks Pigeon Pea back in time and across continents to visit with their great-great-great-great-great-great grandmothers and others, including their orisha.
When Pigeon Pea's questions fill them up, Auntie gives them the magic key to all the answers.

Have you ever wanted to understand where your family comes from and how you got this way? When Pigeon Pea has a million questions about their family, Auntie gives them the magic key to go back in time and across continents to meet, celebrate, and feast with their ancestors and orisha.

Key Selling Points

  • modern and pre-colonial experiences of Black family and community s in Trinidad and Nigeria, where the Kalinago people of Trinidad came from.
  • features a nonbinary kid with heterosexual parents and lesbian aunties.
  • A body positive book with fat characters loving drawn
  • Written in lyric rhyming stanzas by celebrated performance poet Jillian Christmas, whose video of the poem Honoring Your Anger (from our Power Poems anthology in 2019) went viral immediately after the murder of George Floyd.

Jillian Christmas is a queer, afro-Caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC). Jillian works as an artist, educator, curator and consultant, she is the long-time spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Christmas is the author of The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020), and the forthcoming children’s book, The Magic Shell (Flamingo Rampant Press 2021).

Raised in Stoneville, North Carolina, Diana Mungaray grew up enthralled by the world around her. She would start her journey painting watercolor pine trees in her composition book, to getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Interactive Design. As an avid artist, her work comes from a place of whimsy- creating stylized work that amuses her, and hopefully her readers.

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