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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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This story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor. It teaches children about problem and resolution.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
Just one of those classics that's perfect the way it is. It does seem kind of old-fashioned at first, but timeless is a beter pov. Hilarious fable. I've read it many times - the date is a guess as to the most recent time with my youngest. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is a very fun book to read aloud to kids! The repetition of the peddler's "caps for sale!" and the interactions with the monkeys are silly and fun. The illustrations are beautiful, and seem to be reminiscent of the author's Russian heritage.

CONT. REAL. FIC. : Everything that happens in this book is plausible. The monkeys seem to act slyly, craftily, and cunningly, which is how monkeys behave in real-life, as well.
  cmcmahon14 | Mar 2, 2016 |
love!!! ( )
  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 |
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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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