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Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (original 1940; edition 1987)

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Title:Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Info:HarperTrophy (1987), Paperback, 48 pages
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Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1940)


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Caps for Sale is a classic children's story that has been enjoyed for decades. A peddler walks along the countryside selling caps and as he walks he repeats, "Caps, caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" One afternoon he decided to take a nap under a tree when some monkeys came along while he was asleep and stole his hats. When he woke up from his nap the monkeys teased the peddler and would not give back the caps. Upon frustration, the peddler threw his own cap on the ground and then so did the monkeys!
  EmKel753 | Dec 2, 2014 |
Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. This is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.
  emilystrong | Dec 1, 2014 |
A cap salesman was selling his caps and decided he would take a nap in the countryside. When he woke up he realized that he was missing all of his caps. His caps were stolen by some monkeys who were sitting in the nearby tree. He ordered the monkeys to give him back his caps. The caps salesman threw down his own cap in frustration and the monkeys then threw back down all of the caps. The peddler walked away and continued his walk through the town in attempts to sell his caps.
This is a classic book for young children. They will see a lot of repetition and imitation between the peddler and the monkeys. There is a large use of patterns and colors throughout the story as well. Children will love to see what antics the monkeys cause with the peddler. I feel that most children would not pick this book over others though. With this book being published in 1987, children will be more interested in more current literature. The author did a good job of using simple text for children to portray his message.
The author's central message is to persevere through difficult times as a salesman, and in more general terms just life in general. The peddler had to persevere and find a way to get his caps back in order to get back to selling them to the town. ( )
  mwade4 | Sep 16, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is a good book. One of the main reasons I liked this book was because of the language used throughout the story. The author used repetition frequently; whether it be describing the sequential order of the caps on the peddlers head or when he was attempting to outwit the monkeys to get his caps back, it was an integral element of this story. When he was trying to get his caps back, the peddler says to the monkeys, “You monkeys you", "you give me back my caps." Each time he said this he followed by either shaking his finger to stamping his foot, to which the monkeys mimicked his actions. Finally, the peddler throws his own cap on the ground and the monkeys do the same! I thought that the repetition was really useful because it gave the book a predictable and entertaining pattern that all readers can enjoy. I also enjoyed the plot of this story with how it was organized. The story started and ended the same way, with a conflict in the middle. I thought how the repetitions and patterns aided in unfolding the conflict were really funny and engaging. The illustrations were also another reason I liked this book. The colors were very rich and vibrant and had a reoccurring color scheme of red, green, blue, black, brown, and white. I think this reinforced the repetition present throughout this book and enhanced the story’s pace by helping it progress. The big idea of this book is that one must be persistent with their efforts to overcome a conflict and show the desired results explicitly if one wants to prevail. ( )
  sarabeck | Apr 1, 2014 |
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business
By Esphyr Slobodkina (1987)

I liked Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina for three reasons. First, I liked the actions displayed by the monkeys. Specifically, the monkeys steal the peddler’s hats, and mimic his every action; for example, the peddler shakes his finger, and the monkeys shake their fingers back at him. Therefore, the monkeys are quite amusing. Second, I liked the photos in the book. The photos have a reoccurring color scheme. For instance, all of the photos have the same shades of red, green, blue, brown, black, and white. I think this is a nice quality because it helps the story flow well. Lastly, I liked the sequencing that occurs within the book. In detail, the hats are always on the peddler’s head in the same order: his cap, followed by gray caps, brown caps, blue caps, and red caps. Thus, readers are introduced to the idea of patterns and arrangement. Overall, the “big idea” of Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business is to emphasize the difficulty the peddler experienced when trying to reason with the monkeys. ( )
  Mdierd1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
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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 read 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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