Feast of Peas
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.
While Jiva works in his vegetable patch, the item he loves most are his peas. Yet, each time he goes to pick them, they're gone. His friend, Ruvji, always visits, trying to help Jiva through the predicament, giving reasons as to why they may have disappeared. While Jiva takes Ruvji's suggestions at face value, he soon learns that there is more to the missing peas than meets the eye, and Ruvji may have more knowledge of their whereabouts than he lets on. When Jiva takes it into his own hands to learn the truth about the disappearing peas, he finds out a truth about his friend that he seems to have suspected, but was hoping wasn't true.
Without giving away the ending, know that the story presents a nice moral in that it shows happiness and friendship can withstand even the most unsettling situations. One must look on the positive side of things to make everything work out as best it can.
While the story was a nice one, it was a little lengthy, but the illustrations were endearing and colorful. Vegetable lovers will enjoy this sweet story about friends, understanding, and most certainly, peas!