Feast of Peas

by Kashmira Sheth
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
Category: Themes: Food & Nutrition
“Delicious!” —Kirkus Reviews  
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  • ISBN: 9781682631355
  • Publication date: 03/01/2020
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10-3/8" x 9-3/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8
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  • ISBN: 9781682632611
  • Publication date: 08/01/2020
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“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 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,
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, they’re already gone. He tries making a scarecrow and a fence, but it’s 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.



Kashmira Sheth


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 and middle grade and young adult novels. She lives in Virginia.


Jeffrey Ebbeler


Jeffrey Ebbeler, a graduate of Art Academy of Cincinnati, has been creating art for children for almost a decade. His books include Feast of Peas and Tiger in My Soup. He lives in Ohio.


“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!” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] dazzlingly illustrated new fairy tale… the images burst with engaging movement….a nice lesson on friendship and forgiveness.” —Booklist

“Lyrical… Sheth spins a yarn about greed and forgiveness in well-paced, poetic narration accompanied by Ebbeler’s expressive acrylic illustrations.” —Publishers Weekly


Children’s Gallery Award (Nominee) —National Christian School Association, 2021-2022


Resources: Other, Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide
Peas Recipe

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F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD540L
Themes: Anticipation, Food, Friendship, Gardening, Mystery
BISAC 1: JUV030020 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV050000 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food

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