Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr SlobodkinaCaps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

byEsphyr SlobodkinaIllustratorEsphyr Slobodkina

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by 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.

Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002), internationally renowned artist and author of the children's classicCaps for Sale, was among the first female American artists to explore abstraction and the first to use collage in American storybooks. She studied art in Russia and China before immigrating to the United States in 1928. She was a founding...
Title:Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey BusinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.19 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064431436

ISBN - 13:9780064431439

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Bought it for my 5 year old nephew and he loved it so much he brought it in as his show and tell item for the week. Very cute story. I remember it when I was a child and loved it then as well.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Funny How to out-wit monkeys. I love tales with a problem and an unexpected solution and this one is a classic. All my kids enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Classic book, cute story. Could prompt discussions of what a peddler was. Repetition encourages children to 'read along'.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My daughter loves this. My 7 year old is in love with the whimsical artwork and mischievous monkeys.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still as entertaining as when I first heard it as a child! I love his book! I'm now a Montessori kindergarten & preschool teacher, and can tell you that the children's reactions to this book are just as positive as when I first read or heard it as a child. It's just plain fun, especially when the children spontaneously begin to act out parts with me. I'd say it's one of the best children's books out there!
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monkey Business Caps for sale is a delightful story of a poor peddlar who desires to sell his special caps for a living. Without much success,after a busy day of walking, he rests his tired body, under the shade of big tree. Upon waking, he is alarmed to discover his caps are missing , due to some very serious monkey business. The ending is a comical display of "Monkey see, Monkey do". I teach at a preschool and every spring I act out this wonderful tale involving the children in the monkey parts. It is quite difficult walking with twenty-four caps on my head but it is manageable and the children love it so much that they ask for it to be acted out again and again.
Date published: 2001-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic and a Sure Hit! My daughter just LOVES this book. She received it as a gift when she was a little more than two years old and I was surprised how easily she chould folow the storyline. The straight-forwardness of the writing makes it easily accessable for young minds; it's an ideal first narrative for a child who is ready to break free from 'concept' books (e.g. 'opposites', 'numbers' or 'farm animals'). Caps For Sale also has long-term appeal. I remember it from my own childhood, and I have read it to 6 and 8 year olds, who have also thoroughly enjoyed the story. In short, an EXCELLENT choice for any child and a refreshing break from all the movie-character stories on the market today.
Date published: 2000-11-21

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. "Caps! Caps for sale!" calls the peddler, until one day he wakes up from a nap to find his caps have disappeared. Fashioned from a folktale, here's "a bright picture book, infused with a humor which seems to spring from Slobodkina's own hearty enjoyment of the troubles of a peddler with a band of monkeys".--The New York Times. A Reading Rainbow Selection. Full color

Editorial Reviews

“From an old folk tale [the author] has fashioned this bright picture book, infusing it with a humor which seems to have sprung from her own hearty enjoyment of the troubles of a peddler with a band of monkeys.” (The New York Times)