Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale

A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

by Esphyr Slobodkina
Publisher: HarperCollins
Trade Paperback, 42 pages
List Price: $7.99 Sale Price: $6.79

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 young children will adore.

Slobodkina's story of a peddler trying to sell his wares in a small town has a clear beginning, middle, and end. This is a good one for teaching children to learn how to make predictions, recognize patterns, sequence events, and notice setting elements.

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Summary: This rhythmic, repetitive tale of a cap peddler and a bunch of monkeys is a favorite for reading aloud.

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  A Funny Book!
Ezra Records, 6/24/2016
I liked "Caps For Sale" because it's silly. When the monkeys copied the peddler I smiled. Also, all the houses were matching.
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Albanyaloe, 2/10/2011
A wonderful classic to read aloud to your young children. If you love introducing classic stories to your children, don't miss this one. We've read and re-read this book, and each time I still love it and so do the children. We homeschool and did a fun unit study with it. Simple things like counting and looking at colors for the littlies, and some math, and grammar for the older one. I believe it is used in the Five in a Row Homeschool curriculum but have not used that.