Monday, January 23, 2006

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
By Esphyr Slobodkina
Ages: 3-6
Topics: monkeys, hats
ISBN: 0-201-09147-X

A hilarious tale of a peddler who carries the caps he sells in a tall tower on top of his head and calls out “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” One morning sales are non-existent so the peddler takes a walk in the country and falls asleep under a tree, taking care to keep the caps on his head secure. When he wakes up, he finds he only has his own cap on his head. He looks all around for his caps only to find on every branch of the tree sits a monkey with a cap on his head. Then follows a very amusing sequence as the peddler tries to get his caps back from the monkeys.

It’s hard to imagine anyone not liking this classic picture book, which has been in print for over fifty years and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The resolution of the peddler’s problem (he gets so mad he throws his hat down and the monkeys copy him) is very funny. There’s lots of action and repetition to hold the interest of younger children and the language is simple enough to make this a good story for early readers. Don’t miss the enjoyment of sharing this classic with your children. A great read aloud for a group of younger children.

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Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

This was one of my and my friends' favorite books in kindergarten. Your children will love it too!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi Vegan Knitter,

Great pic! This one really is a "classic" - originially published in 1938, it has sold over 2 million copies. Don't miss this one!

11:06 PM  

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