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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 book is fun when a peddler is trying to sell caps and is unsuccessful. So he then decides to take a nap under a tree which is full of mischievous monkeys who make it hard for him when he wakes up. ( )
  MadelynMaxwell | Apr 11, 2017 |
I loved making the monkey sounds when reading this to my boys. ( )
  YHWHisYeshua | Apr 7, 2017 |
In this book, a group of mischievous monkeys are after a peddler's many hats! They ultimately steal the hats and refuse to return them. The poor and helpless peddler tries many different techniques to claim his caps back, but the monkeys are very persistent. Luckily, the caps are returned to their rightful owner in the end and everything goes back to normal! ( )
  SamanthaPollak | Mar 30, 2017 |
This book was about a man who sold caps but then became tired from walking around and trying to sell them so he takes a nap and when we wakes up his hats are gone. When he realizes who took them he needs to figure out how to get them back. In the end he does finally get them back.

I liked this book because of the illustrations and also because it's a good book to use for prediction, like, "what's going to happen next?" or, "how will he get his hats back?" Things like that, that you could ask your students.

I think this would be probably a 3rd grade level reading since there are bigger words in it. ( )
  alizadawn | Feb 22, 2017 |
The peddler carries his caps on his head. When he wakes up from a nap his caps are missing. He looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys wearing his caps. He cannot figure out how to get the caps back and he get frustrated.

This is a classic tale. I liked how the peddler showed his frustration and the monkeys followed suit. It teaches children about imitation. It also got the peddler back his caps. It is a fun, easy read. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Feb 5, 2017 |
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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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