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Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale (1940)

by Esphyr Slobodkina

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  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
I liked this book for many reasons. First the language was very repetitive for children learning how to read. Site words were used and the peddler repeated the line "Caps, caps for sale! fifty cents a cap."through the majority of the book. He also repeated the colors of caps he had (red, gray, brown, and blue). The author also used onomatopeia to describe the sound that the monkeys were making. The peddler and monkeys were the only characters that were introduced, but children would find both very humorous while reading. The illustrations help tell the story and give the book more meaning. Readers can use the pictures in order to comprehend the story. The main idea of the book would be to be patient and try more than one solution if something does not work. When the monkeys stole the Peddlers hat, he had to be patient and figure out how to get them back, when his words did not work, he got his hats by demonstrating for the monkeys. ( )
  rbiegel | Feb 22, 2016 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First, the language used is clear and easy to comprehend. The sentences give enough information without overwhelming the reader. For example the sentence "When he woke up he was refreshed and rested." is descriptive enough that it does not just say "When he woke up he felt good" yet, it does not have too many adjectives to exaggerate the point. Second, there is a patterned writing style throughout the book. The peddler keeps yelling the phrase "Caps! Caps for sale. Fifty cents a cap." Seeing this phrase being repeated keeps the reader engaged and helps connect the story together. Finally, the illustrations enhance the story and connect the peddler and the caps to the reader. Whenever it states that the peddler has "...his own checked cap, then a bunch of gray caps, then a bunch of brown caps, then a bunch of blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps." the illustration of the peddler with all of the hats on his head helps the reader better understand what that would be like. The message of the story is monkey see, monkey do. When the peddler yells and shakes his hands and stomps his feet, the monkeys do the same. He thinks they are doing it on purpose and he gets angry and throws his cap, then the monkeys throw their caps down. They were not trying to steal his caps, they were just copying him. ( )
  cawalt2 | Feb 22, 2016 |
I also remember Captain Kangaroo reading this book and the Mike Mulligan book. I've read it to my kids. I dont know why it holds a special place in my heart. I always thought all the monkeys throwing their hats down was hilarious. ( )
  Koren56 | Feb 4, 2016 |
Kids books like this aren't exactly plot heavy, but they're fun. I remember my kindergarten class putting on a play variant of the book (sort of). Fun times. ( )
  Michael_Rose | Jan 10, 2016 |
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To Rosalind and Emmy Jean,
and to their grandfather
who loved to read to them
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Once there was a peddler who sold caps.
But the monkeys only shook their finders back at him and said, Tsz, tsz, tsz.
So the peddler picked up his caps and put them back on this head-- first his own checked cap, then the gray caps, then the brown caps, then the blue caps, and then the red caps on the very top.
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A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business is a concise story about a peddler who sells caps. Interestingly, he wears all the caps on his head. Tired from traveling, the peddler decides to take a nap. When he wakes up, he finds that all his caps are missing-- only to discover that monkeys are wearing them! This is a hilarious book that young children will enjoy.
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Subtitled A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, this absurd and very simple story has become a classic, selling hundreds of thousands of copies since its first publication in 1940. A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone--and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys. His attempts to get the caps back generate the kind of repetitive rhythm that 3- and 4-year-olds will adore. (Preschool and older) --Richard Farr

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A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

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