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Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published! Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. This tale of a peddler Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published! Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and also teaches children about problem and resolution.


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Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published! Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. This tale of a peddler Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published! Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and also teaches children about problem and resolution.

30 review for Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brina

    There once was a peddler who sold caps...he walked through town calling "Caps, caps for sale, fifty cents a cap." A timeless classic that we have probably read 100 times and one of all of our favorite books. This time I read it to my daughter's class. I had them play the role of the monkeys and they had much fun acting out their parts. And in the end the peddler walked back to town calling "caps, caps for sale, 50 cents a cap."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Wow! The kids really loved this one. They went crazy over it. I think it's the monkeys. They laughed and go around saying tsk tsk tsk now. I enjoyed this a lot too. I would give it 4 stars, but they got into it so much that I have to give it 5. The art feels pretty bland to me, not distinctive and yet the story is compelling. Something about all the monkeys in the trees. I don't really understand why this story works, it just does. This was recommended to me by a Goodreads user - Thank you kindly Wow! The kids really loved this one. They went crazy over it. I think it's the monkeys. They laughed and go around saying tsk tsk tsk now. I enjoyed this a lot too. I would give it 4 stars, but they got into it so much that I have to give it 5. The art feels pretty bland to me, not distinctive and yet the story is compelling. Something about all the monkeys in the trees. I don't really understand why this story works, it just does. This was recommended to me by a Goodreads user - Thank you kindly. I'm glad I read it. I think it would mean more if I read it in my childhood, but my niece and nephew really loved it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A classic story that I first remember seeing on Reading Rainbow many moons ago. A hat peddler travels through town, trying to sell his wares. With no one around to make a purchase, he decides to take a nap under a tree and hope that sales will pick up in the afternoon. However, upon waking up, his hats of all colours are gone. He soon locates the thieves in the same tree that allowed him to rest, but it will take some cunning behaviours to ensure that the hats return to the peddler in time for h A classic story that I first remember seeing on Reading Rainbow many moons ago. A hat peddler travels through town, trying to sell his wares. With no one around to make a purchase, he decides to take a nap under a tree and hope that sales will pick up in the afternoon. However, upon waking up, his hats of all colours are gone. He soon locates the thieves in the same tree that allowed him to rest, but it will take some cunning behaviours to ensure that the hats return to the peddler in time for him to make a few sales before the sun goes down. Neo laughed when he saw what happened to the peddler and got a chuckle out of how things were handled. He asked me why we do not see hat peddlers walking around and selling things in town. I reminded him of the commercialization of the big box stores that try to stomp out the little guy. He nodded and went back to looking for peddlers on the sidewalk ;-)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I've had this touch of nostalgia lately...so, tonight I came across this book and I thought 'What the hell, why not review it and subject the GR community to my musings'--Keep in mind that it's 4:13am and I've had a shitty night. That said, Caps for Sale was a favorite of mine when I was young. I'd hunt down all the hats in our house and try to recreate the peddler's walk during one of my mom's work parties. This was the 70s and my mom's friends were of a uh... different sort... let's just say, l I've had this touch of nostalgia lately...so, tonight I came across this book and I thought 'What the hell, why not review it and subject the GR community to my musings'--Keep in mind that it's 4:13am and I've had a shitty night. That said, Caps for Sale was a favorite of mine when I was young. I'd hunt down all the hats in our house and try to recreate the peddler's walk during one of my mom's work parties. This was the 70s and my mom's friends were of a uh... different sort... let's just say, lots of drinking and bell bottoms and white men with afros, I'm sure hallucinogenics played some sort of role. Of course, we weren't much of a 'cap' family... I usually wore skull caps, plastic visors, big floppy straw hats, the occasional beer helmet... then I'd strut around bellowing 'caps for sale!' 'caps for sale!' Some relative or stoned out friend of the family would take pity on me and flip me a nickel and soon the whole room would be wearing my creations. Ahh... good times. Then, Carol, my one true college friend, (I was shy, okay?) gave me a copy. This was her favorite book, too. I hadn't read it in years and instantly the above memories came into play. Now, living through Reagan and Bush #41, I had a different take on the whole russian peddler. I took pity on this proletariat and his need to sell caps to support his family. And when no one is buying, the bastards, he's so distraught he collapses from exhaustion only to find a band of monkees (hmmm... a lousy euphemism, perhaps?) steals his caps and refuse to give them back until he admits defeat and then they mimic him and he's able to fall on his knees and collect his wares. Yeah, so I had lofty ideas back then. It was college. Then, tonight... I'm reunited with this book, once again. Only this time I'm in the emergency room observing a 14 yr old alcoholic who's alone and in crisis and waiting for someone to help her. Not a stitch of family around, obviously in distress, and I'm listening to her read Caps for Sale for the first time. I cannot even imagine what this poor girl has seen in her short life, I can't begin to relate...I'm sure that there are no relatives willing to further her imagination on. I'm sure she's not imagining a whole alter reality for this capsman and his band of monkees. She's looking at me as the sheriff places her in ankle chains and tosses the book aside on his way out. Yeah, not your typical review, but just a thought on how one book can mean so much and so little to two very different girls. It's almost daybreak, I'm going to sleep now. I pray that I don't dream about monkeys.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Caps, caps for sale, fifty cents a cap........This was the cry of the peddler who went through the town with a myriad of colorful caps piled high upon his head. But what happens to the caps when the poor peddler takes a nap under the tree will have you and your children laughing gleefully! I read this story a thousand or more times to each of my own children, all of our neighborhood kids, anyone who would sit still! I still have it memorized to this day and it still is our favorite story of all! Caps, caps for sale, fifty cents a cap........This was the cry of the peddler who went through the town with a myriad of colorful caps piled high upon his head. But what happens to the caps when the poor peddler takes a nap under the tree will have you and your children laughing gleefully! I read this story a thousand or more times to each of my own children, all of our neighborhood kids, anyone who would sit still! I still have it memorized to this day and it still is our favorite story of all! It's a must have for every child filled home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    No fancy computer generated illustrations--just a bright, limited palette. No characters with their own TV show. No farting dogs, no cool pullouts or lift the flaps. Just a simple little story about "a peddler, some monkeys and their monkey business" But for 60 years kids have read and loved this story. I have never had a group of kids who didn't have fun shaking their fingers and stomping their feet along with the monkeys. This is what a true "classic" is all about!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather after I read this one to the kids! I checked out Caps for Sale from the library because two of my friends rated this book highly, but I didn't read the book before I checked it out. I stuck it in my bag, along with Once Upon a Royal Superbaby, and on the bus ride home I read the book. "Oh, no," I thought, "the kids are going to think this is lame! There's no way this is going to be able to compete with that superbaby book!" Huh. Shows what I kno Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather after I read this one to the kids! I checked out Caps for Sale from the library because two of my friends rated this book highly, but I didn't read the book before I checked it out. I stuck it in my bag, along with Once Upon a Royal Superbaby, and on the bus ride home I read the book. "Oh, no," I thought, "the kids are going to think this is lame! There's no way this is going to be able to compete with that superbaby book!" Huh. Shows what I know! The kids *loved* this book! I thought my nephew was going to have some sort of hemorrhage from laughing so hard, and the more he laughed, the more my niece laughed. The more the kids laughed, the more my sister and I laughed! Pretty soon, it was a big old comedy hour in the car (which is where we read this book). I could not believe that a quaint little book from 1947, with a simple little story and simple little drawings could elicit such joy from those kids! My sister and I looked at each other in amazement, and I shrugged and said, "I know, right?!" The kids made me read Caps for Sale five times, and then they took it home so my sister could read it to them again later. Who'da thunk it?!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    A wonderful memory from the past...what a great lesson on the futility of anger!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tzippy

    You monkeys, you! You give me back my caps!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    This peddler is a goddamn cheat. I don't blame the monkeys. OCCUPY CAPS! Can't wait to read this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Westminster Library

    All the peddler wanted to do was sell some caps and mind his business; the monkeys however had other ideas. This is a great read aloud book for various age levels and of course, the interactive aspect of it will allow for readers to engage more with the story. There is repetition, patterns and colors, all things that are important in early literacy. Find Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business at the Westminster Public Library!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Slytano

    This is one of the best books ever. Here is something you don't notice: In the first half of the book, the picture is always on the left page and the text is always on the right page. The center of the book is the only time that the picture is spread out over two pages. There is text on both of these pages as well. Having only one occurrence of this makes the spread noteworthy. In the second half of the book, all the pictures are on the right pages and the text is always on the left pages. It was This is one of the best books ever. Here is something you don't notice: In the first half of the book, the picture is always on the left page and the text is always on the right page. The center of the book is the only time that the picture is spread out over two pages. There is text on both of these pages as well. Having only one occurrence of this makes the spread noteworthy. In the second half of the book, all the pictures are on the right pages and the text is always on the left pages. It was originally published in the 1940s, and it really sticks out to me, since most all of the picture books presently published are not created this way. I don’t like that the monkeys make this sound: “Tsz, tsz, tsz.” What sound is that? Monkeys do not make that sound. It is nearly impossible for the human tongue to make that sound. I hate that sound and I wish Slobodkina would have used different words that I would have an easier time saying out loud. Now that I think about it, this book is rather odd. A peddler with a moustache walks around a village with 17 caps on his head. This seems an odd manner in which to transport one’s wares. The most curious thing is that he is selling his caps for only 50 cents each. That is not going to cover his costs. I would suggest that he study the principles of microeconomics. Also, this village is infested with monkeys that steal hats. I would not encourage anyone to visit this area, even if they are thrifty and pursuing caps.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    This is a great ACTION STORY. Let the children chant with you "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" When you read the part where the peddler is hungry, rub your tummy. When he walks out into the country invite the children to stand up (oh so carefully -- so as not to upset your wares) and walk (in place)til you find a tree to nap under. Sit down (oh so carefully) and check your wares. Touch the imaginary black and white checkered cap, the brown caps (which may look yellow to the children -- This is a great ACTION STORY. Let the children chant with you "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" When you read the part where the peddler is hungry, rub your tummy. When he walks out into the country invite the children to stand up (oh so carefully -- so as not to upset your wares) and walk (in place)til you find a tree to nap under. Sit down (oh so carefully) and check your wares. Touch the imaginary black and white checkered cap, the brown caps (which may look yellow to the children -- if so, say "yellow"), the blue caps, and finally way-on-top the red caps. When the peddler wakes up you and the children can stretch and then feel your heads for the caps (which are gone!). The peddler looks RIGHT so YOU look LEFT (as the children are mirroring you), and so forth. Now comes the fun part. You and the children all stand up and shake first one fist, then two fists and stamp with one foot while shaking both hands and then stamp with both feet while shaking both fists. You can listen to and view the complete story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INptS...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Carolan

    A classic tale that is a perfect story time read. Esphyr Slobodkina tells of a peddler who carries his wares on his head - selling caps of all colors for 50 cents a cap. On a day when no one in town is buying, the peddler takes a long nap under a tree. He awakens to find no caps on his head; instead, the monkeys in the tree are all wearing his caps. When he yells at them, a humorous exchange occurs as the monkeys mimic the peddler’s angry rant. When he finally throws down his own cap in frustrat A classic tale that is a perfect story time read. Esphyr Slobodkina tells of a peddler who carries his wares on his head - selling caps of all colors for 50 cents a cap. On a day when no one in town is buying, the peddler takes a long nap under a tree. He awakens to find no caps on his head; instead, the monkeys in the tree are all wearing his caps. When he yells at them, a humorous exchange occurs as the monkeys mimic the peddler’s angry rant. When he finally throws down his own cap in frustration, the monkeys follow suit. Placing his caps back on his head, off he goes to sell his caps once again. Simple colors and drawings accompany a tight and rhythmic predictable text that encourages both laughter and participation. The patterned language includes a circular plotline as the story ends where it began.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Moore

    I love this story and the sneaky monkeys. It is the hat peddler who finds a way to outsmart the monkeys. Monkeys are known for mimicking, so watch out what you do around them. My son has a cap that looks like the checkered one worn by the peddler. Stacking hats on our heads and acting out this story was a favorite game of my grandchildren when they were little. They loved it when I would say "You monkey you ... you give me back my caps!" It was a good way to practice posture, trying to walk stra I love this story and the sneaky monkeys. It is the hat peddler who finds a way to outsmart the monkeys. Monkeys are known for mimicking, so watch out what you do around them. My son has a cap that looks like the checkered one worn by the peddler. Stacking hats on our heads and acting out this story was a favorite game of my grandchildren when they were little. They loved it when I would say "You monkey you ... you give me back my caps!" It was a good way to practice posture, trying to walk straight without spilling the hats. This story has been around since I was a little girl .. a classic!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    Caps for Sale 75th Anniversary Edition, 9/1/2015 with More Caps for Sale: Another Tale of Mischievous Monkeys on sale 10/27/2015. Read again to the NB, 2, 5, and 7 year old kiddos. 6/29/17 Wayfarers Pathways and SL P3/4 list. Will be on our literature list for our SC2 First Grader.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zeke

    Good, it was. (Yoda)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Dutkiewicz

    A fun story about a man selling caps but something curious happens when he falls asleep!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5/5 A book about a peddler selling hats who takes a nap and has to deal with some mischievous monkeys!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Huda

    Monkey see monkey do

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Sa

    Caps For Sale This is a stroy about a peddler and a group monkeys. One day, the strange peddler sold his caps. Why I said he is a strange peddler? Because he putted his all caps in his own head. First he had on 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. He walked up and down the streets to sell his caps. But no one wanted to buy a cap even the red caps. He felt so hungry in the afternoon, but he h Caps For Sale This is a stroy about a peddler and a group monkeys. One day, the strange peddler sold his caps. Why I said he is a strange peddler? Because he putted his all caps in his own head. First he had on 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. He walked up and down the streets to sell his caps. But no one wanted to buy a cap even the red caps. He felt so hungry in the afternoon, but he had no money. Thus, he went to the country to sell his caps. When he walked come to a great tree, he had a rest. After he woke up, he found his all caps were lost. Then, he found a group of monkey wore his caps. He felt so angry about that. But whatever he did, whatever he said, the monkeys always said ‘’Tsz, tsz, tsz.’’ to him. At the end, the peddle had no idea about that. He pulled off his own cap, threw it on the ground, and began to walk away. But then, each monkey did the same action like him. So, the peddle got his all caps back. In this story, I felt the group monkey just like a group a children. Because children always like to imitate adults’ behaviors. When I was young, I always liked to wear my mother’s high-heeled shoes and her dress. I think it is very beautiful for me. I also wanted to grow up quickly and I can dress all of them. Also, in china, many mothers like to call their children who are very naughty monkeys. The sense it is very similar with each other. Maybe sometimes children are very naughty and parents are so angry about that. But parents have no idea about how to teach them to become well. I think if parents can play with children, they will understand their minds and understand their children’s behaviors.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    I've read this before. But now I'm an adult and not as creative. So this is how this story goes. A seemingly well-dressed man sells caps for a living. This nameless wretch becomes hungry, but he cannot eat anything because he sold no caps today and cannot afford it. So he takes a nap to stave off the relentless grip of starvation. When he wakes up, he finds that his caps are gone. And for some strange reason, monkeys (who may or may not be indigenous to the area) have taken all his caps and are we I've read this before. But now I'm an adult and not as creative. So this is how this story goes. A seemingly well-dressed man sells caps for a living. This nameless wretch becomes hungry, but he cannot eat anything because he sold no caps today and cannot afford it. So he takes a nap to stave off the relentless grip of starvation. When he wakes up, he finds that his caps are gone. And for some strange reason, monkeys (who may or may not be indigenous to the area) have taken all his caps and are wearing them in the tree above him. He demands his caps, but the monkeys do not give them back (perhaps they do not speak English; must gather more information; cannot be certain). After viciously demanding his caps back, he finally throws his own cap to the ground out of frustration. Surprisingly, the monkeys also throw their caps down to the ground and now our nameless soul can gather up his merchandise (I have deduced that the monkeys operate on the philosophical foundation of mimicry.) So he gathers his caps up and goes back to town to sell them. The end... THE END. Why the cliffhanger? Please tell me he sells at least one cap that day and can afford a meal. Does he ever make it out of poverty? The suspense is killing me, and as a natural pessimist, my assumptions about the ending have already depressed me enough. Cons: Basically everything I just said. This is depressing. (And it recently came to my attention that this is supposed to show the dark side of capitalism. It makes so much more sense in that context. But this is not a con really. Still depressing.) Pros: Monkeys with caps. Why am I taking this review so seriously? It's a children's book. IT'S CUTE. READ IT.

  23. 5 out of 5

    June

    This story really resonates with children. As an adult, I prefer The Hatseller And The Monkeys. Monkeys appearing randomly in the countryside seems a little inexplicable to me, but I realize that is just an adult fetish or perspective. It is probably more of a 4 and a half, with older children you can act it out afterwards, though with older children I now usually use the Hatseller and the Monkeys. I use it both for a March Hats program and a summer Monkey program. 3/7/12 Maybe a little long for This story really resonates with children. As an adult, I prefer The Hatseller And The Monkeys. Monkeys appearing randomly in the countryside seems a little inexplicable to me, but I realize that is just an adult fetish or perspective. It is probably more of a 4 and a half, with older children you can act it out afterwards, though with older children I now usually use the Hatseller and the Monkeys. I use it both for a March Hats program and a summer Monkey program. 3/7/12 Maybe a little long for the 2 year old and a little simple for the 5 year old, but they all enjoyed the 5 little Monkeys jumping on the bed, and most enjoyed the action rhyme 5 little monkeys sitting in a tree.3/5/13 This really worked well with my story time, which is mostly 2's, with a few 3's. 3/13/13 Used again for my monkey story time, after Monkey See, Monkey Do action rhyme and it was as big a hit as ever. 7/31/13 A hit again in my hat program. 3/18/14 Read at Read Aloud after using 5 Little Monkeys CD w/mitt. 3/22/14 Ended PJ Story Time with this and 5 Little Monkeys off the Literacy in Motion CD. 3/9/15 Used in Story Time with the song and the 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree finger play. 3/10/15 Used again, remembered the song/cd, forgot the FB/FP. 3/16 Used as last book in story time and was enough to hold their attention when we got to the acting out part - even though this copy had been drawn in :(

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Summary: 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 Summary: 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 Potential Audience (Reading level): Early / Transitional Genre: Picture Book / Tall Tales Topic: Taking pride in personal property, problem solving Specific Curricular uses: Read Aloud: children can act out the actions in the story. This is a very interactive book. Social issues the book addresses: Teasing and Bullying Specific literary elements: Repetition allows for a predictable chain of events. Simple suggestive language helps readers follow story. Interactions and counter actions of text and images: The author is the illustrator for this book. The pictures help to tell the story. There are only a few colors used and this helps to capture the essence of the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Use this story as an excuse to get children up on their feet to do the actions with the peddler and the monkeys! Pantomime putting caps on your head -- first your own checked cap, then the gray caps, then the brown caps, then the blue caps, and the red caps up on top. Next stand up very straight and walk in place (very carefully so as not to topple the caps). Rub your tummy (you're hungry). Look in your palm (you have no money). Continue walking in place (out to the country). Very carefully sit b Use this story as an excuse to get children up on their feet to do the actions with the peddler and the monkeys! Pantomime putting caps on your head -- first your own checked cap, then the gray caps, then the brown caps, then the blue caps, and the red caps up on top. Next stand up very straight and walk in place (very carefully so as not to topple the caps). Rub your tummy (you're hungry). Look in your palm (you have no money). Continue walking in place (out to the country). Very carefully sit back down (in the shade of a big tree). Stretch your arms up high (you're sleepy). Now check your caps by touch (first your own, then the gray, brown, blue, and red ones). Close your eyes (the children can keep their eyes shut while you explain that the peddler went to sleep for a long time). Open your eyes and stretch again (so nice to be refreshed and rested). Before standing up check for the caps again (all you feel is your own checked cap!). Look to the right (you look to the left, as the children are mirroring you). Look to the left (you look right). Turn around (look behind you). Look up (now the children get to be monkeys).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale (1940). A comical mustachioed peddler balances his wares- a high stack of caps of different hues and patterns- atop his head. When he takes a break, he falls asleep under a tree and wakes to find that his hats are missing! The peddler finds that a misfit band of monkeys has stolen his caps. How will he ever get them back? The story's prose, written in a larger typeface, is ideal for emerging readers, who will be easily able to memorize the repeating verses, such Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale (1940). A comical mustachioed peddler balances his wares- a high stack of caps of different hues and patterns- atop his head. When he takes a break, he falls asleep under a tree and wakes to find that his hats are missing! The peddler finds that a misfit band of monkeys has stolen his caps. How will he ever get them back? The story's prose, written in a larger typeface, is ideal for emerging readers, who will be easily able to memorize the repeating verses, such as the order in which the peddler stacks his caps by color. The illustrations, all of the peddler's idyllic village and resting place, directly complement the text while expressing a surreal beauty of their own. Children will no doubt delight in the trickster monkeys and their antics, as well as with the peddler's fuming frustration. Children who enjoy identifying colors, however, may experience some confusion with Slobodkina's color palette; the "blue" hats appear more gray, while the "brown" hats appear to be more mustard. The story lends itself to lessons that involve counting, problem solving and sorting. Target Audience: Ages 3-7

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is one of my favorite predictable children's picture books of all time! Esphyr Slobodkina basis her story on an old folktale. A peddler who sells hats decides to take a nap after a slow day of not selling any caps. While the peddler naps, some mischievous little monkeys steal the peddlers caps. Upon awakening, the peddler demands the monkeys return his caps. The monkeys imitate the peddler as he shakes his fist and stomps his foot, but it isn't until the peddler throws down his cap that the This is one of my favorite predictable children's picture books of all time! Esphyr Slobodkina basis her story on an old folktale. A peddler who sells hats decides to take a nap after a slow day of not selling any caps. While the peddler naps, some mischievous little monkeys steal the peddlers caps. Upon awakening, the peddler demands the monkeys return his caps. The monkeys imitate the peddler as he shakes his fist and stomps his foot, but it isn't until the peddler throws down his cap that the he is able to retrieve his caps when the monkeys copy him by throwing the caps down at his feet. Themes: frustration, naughtiness, humor Classroom uses: This is a great book to introduce patterns in math such as ABAB, ABCABC, etc. Other math uses include money concepts such as determining how much the peddler would make if he sold each cap for a certain amount or having the students make paper representations of the colored caps and graphing them together (bar graphs, tally marks, etc). One could also tie this in with some beginning research skills by having the children research 2 or 3 different types of primates to share with the class.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Forrester

    A peddler sets out one day to sell caps. He places them on his head; first, his own grey checked cap, then four grey caps, four blue caps, and finally four red caps on the very top. No one wants to buy a cap that day, so he decides to take a nap under a tree. When he wakes up, his caps are gone, leaving just his grey checked cap! He looks left. No caps. He looks right. No caps. He finally looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys, each one wearing a cap. He shakes his fist at the monkeys and they A peddler sets out one day to sell caps. He places them on his head; first, his own grey checked cap, then four grey caps, four blue caps, and finally four red caps on the very top. No one wants to buy a cap that day, so he decides to take a nap under a tree. When he wakes up, his caps are gone, leaving just his grey checked cap! He looks left. No caps. He looks right. No caps. He finally looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys, each one wearing a cap. He shakes his fist at the monkeys and they shake their fists back. He stomps and they stomp. Exasperated, the peddler throws his grey checked cap on the ground and the monkeys throw down their caps, too! This classic book, first published in 1940, features simple illustrations of the mustached peddler and the cheeky monkeys. Like the illustrations, the text is also simple and very direct. The peddler’s repeated call, “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” has a great ring to it and children love to say it along with the peddler. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Russell

    Decades ago, my kindergarten had a graduation celebration for my class, which featured a class play. The sole speaking part in the play, the peddler, was assigned to me by the staff without hesitation. My peers did not question this decision for a moment, but instead fell in line as monkeys, mimicking my movements as our parents watched. Life was good. The most attractive girl in the school was my girlfriend, I was always selected to play the role of He-Man on the playground, I could perform arit Decades ago, my kindergarten had a graduation celebration for my class, which featured a class play. The sole speaking part in the play, the peddler, was assigned to me by the staff without hesitation. My peers did not question this decision for a moment, but instead fell in line as monkeys, mimicking my movements as our parents watched. Life was good. The most attractive girl in the school was my girlfriend, I was always selected to play the role of He-Man on the playground, I could perform arithmetic and read well past my years, and others sought to lie near me during naptime. Little did I know, I was peaking way too early. Within a year I'd be trudging through the snow on the way to a school I didn't like, my birthday cupcakes ruined, the teacher laughing at them as she disposed of them. I'd be declared allergic to wheat, sugar, soy, and just about everything good in life. I'd start wearing glasses. A latch key kid and a child of divorce, the Galaxy Rangers were my only friends. Don't peak too early. But if you peak too early, make sure that your shining moment at least involves a timeless lovable classic, such as Caps for Sale.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I'd heard of this book for years and years but never read it until I snagged a free copy from our local library's used book bin. I now understand why I heard about this book for years and years. It became one of my daughter's favorite books after just one read-through. This folk-tale-like story is engaging but simple, as are the illustrations. A peddler walks slowly through the village with his wares -- many different-colored caps -- stacked high on his head. He's having a slow sales day, so he d I'd heard of this book for years and years but never read it until I snagged a free copy from our local library's used book bin. I now understand why I heard about this book for years and years. It became one of my daughter's favorite books after just one read-through. This folk-tale-like story is engaging but simple, as are the illustrations. A peddler walks slowly through the village with his wares -- many different-colored caps -- stacked high on his head. He's having a slow sales day, so he decides to take a nap under a tree. When he wakes up, he finds that all but one of his caps are gone -- stolen by a band of monkeys perched in the tree. The peddler is furious, of course. The mischievous monkeys have stolen his livelihood. How can he possibly get them to give the caps back? He tries a few different things, but his anger gets the best of him and he begins to walk away. However, in his anger, he does something rash that makes everything turn out all right. I'll give you a hint: "Monkey see, monkey do." For the rest of it, you'll have to read this short but charming story.

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