Feast of Peas
Feast of Peas

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Annotation: Delicious! Kirkus Reviews A vibrant and deliciously amusing #OwnVoices mystery set in India about food and gardening, ... more
Catalog Number: #208987
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Ebbeler, Jeffrey,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-682-63135-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7339-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-682-63135-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7339-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018061617
Dimensions: 24 x 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This dazzlingly illustrated new fairy tale, set in a timeless rural India, follows Jiva, who has a passion for growing and eating peas. We first see him kneeling in his garden, with views of women wading in rice paddies, a man driving an oxcart, and distant, rounded temples. Just before harvest, Jiva worries that birds might pluck his peas, so he sets up a turbaned, masked scarecrow. The peas disappear. Jiva's friend Ruvji says maybe the rabbits ate the peas, so Jiva builds a fence. The peas disappear again, and Ruvji suggests a ghost took them. Ebbeler's acrylic illustrations are shot through with light, depicting the two friends e lean, one stout comic opposites, and the images burst with engaging movement. Finally, after Jiva chases the ghost into the harbor, the revelation comes that it is Ruvji who has been stealing the peas. The resolution, in which Jiva gives Ruvji the punishment of cooking a feast of peas, upends all expectations of reprisal nice lesson on friendship and forgiveness.
Kirkus Reviews
Jiva, a hardworking gardener in India, eagerly anticipates his peas."Plump peas, sweet peas, / Lined-up-in-the-shell peas. / Peas to munch, peas to crunch, / I want a feast of peas for lunch." He hoes, he waters, he weeds—and he waits. As his pea blossoms become pods, he builds a scarecrow from sugar cane stalks, an old dhoti, and a red turban to keep the birds away. Jiva's neighbor, Rujvi, is mighty interested in Jiva's pea harvest: "Jiva, some of your peas look plump," he says. Jiva assures Rujvi that he will pick them the next morning, but when he goes to do so, they are gone! Rujvi suggests the rabbits might have eaten the peas, so Jiva builds a fence. When the same thing happens again a few days later, Rujvi suggests that a ghost might have eaten the peas. Jiva is perplexed: Neither a scarecrow nor a fence will keep out a ghost. Jiva finally realizes he has been tricked by Rujvi and concocts an elaborate ruse to catch him in the act. After a mad dash through the village, Rujvi apologizes and makes a feast of peas—"peas with rice and spice, peas wrapped in mashed potato pockets, and peas swimming in soup"—for Jiva. Sheth's use of language (poetry and repetition) is a singular delight. Equally charming are Ebbeler's illustrations, which include lots of funny details, with exaggerated and elongated cartoon-style figures that make the most of the story's humor.Delicious! (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Collaborators Sheth and Ebbeler offer a lyrical fable set in India about Jiva, a man who tends to his vegetable garden daily and holds a special fondness for his peas. -Plump peas, sweet peas,/ Lined-up-in-the-shell peas./ Peas to munch, peas to crunch,/ I want a feast of peas to lunch,- he sings while planting them. As they grow, so do Jiva-s measures of protection, from hoeing and watering to constructing a sugarcane scarecrow. Jiva and his friend Ruvji admire Jiva-s appetizing peas on harvest-s eve, but the next morning, they are gone! Perchance the work of rabbits, Ruvji offers. A rapid cycle of anticipation and disappointment repeats until the thief-s unavoidable unmasking and fairness restored through a feast: peas shelled and boiled, -steamed and simmered,- -fried and spiced.- Sheth spins a yarn about greed and forgiveness in well-paced, poetic narration accompanied by Ebbeler-s expressive acrylic illustrations. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 540L

Delicious! Kirkus Reviews

A vibrant and deliciously amusing #OwnVoices mystery set in India about food and gardening, anticipation, and generosity. From award-winning author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler.

Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a brides sari. He plants peas and beans, potatoes and tomatoes, eggplants and okra in his vegetable patch. While his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings,

Plump peas, sweet peas,
Lined-up-in-the-shell peas.

Peas to munch, peas to crunch

I want a feast of peas for lunch!

But each time Jiva is ready to pick the peas for his feast, theyre already gone. He tries making a scarecrow and a fence, but its no use. Who might have taken them this time?

From award-winning author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler (Tiger in My Soup) comes this original #OwnVoices story set in India, featuring a deliciously amusing mystery about gardening, anticipation, hard work, and generosity.

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