Hard-working Jiva might not be the only one anticipating a delicious feast of peas from his garden. Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a bride’s sari. He plants peas and beans, potatoes and tomatoes, eggplants and okra in his vegetable patch. When his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings, Plump peas, sweet peas, Lined- up-in-the-shell peas. Peas to munch, peas to crunch A feast of peas for lunch. But each time Jiva is ready to pick the peas for his feast, they’re already gone. What has happened? From the award-winning author and illustrator team who created Tiger in My Soup, this original story set in India features a deliciously amusing mystery about gardening, anticipation, hard work, and generosity.
The illustrations in this book cleverly foreshadow what will happen later in the story. What examples of foreshadowing can you find in the illustrations?
Jiva likes his peas prepared in all sorts of different ways, like in soup and wrapped in potato. Trying nutritious foods prepared in different ways can help us expand our tastes. Perhaps you and your young reader can find a pea recipe that sounds interesting to try.
Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the US when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the author of several picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. Sheth teaches at Pine Manor College, in their Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program.