Written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
A vibrant and deliciously amusing suspenseful story set in India about food and gardening, anticipation, and generosity.
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. While his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings,
"Plump peas, sweet 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, they're already gone. He tries making a scarecrow and a fence, but it's no use. Who might have taken them this time?
Target Age: 4-8
Published: 2023 (originally published in hardcover in 2020)