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

by Esphyr Slobodkina

Other authorsEsphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2015


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HarperCollins (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 48 pages


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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LibraryThing member amcnutt
Caps for sale is a great book about a peddler who sells caps for a living and one day no one wants to buy his caps so he goes off into the countryside and falls asleep under a tree. When he wakes up, all of his caps have been taken off his head and as he looks up, the tree he fell asleep under is
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full of cap wearing monkeys. This is a great book for the lower elementary grade levels because of the repetitive words and phrases throughout. This book could also be used as a counting tool for math.
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LibraryThing member dgadkins88
This is a very interesting book for young readers about a salesman who loves caps. The salemans decides to take a nap awakening to the disappearance of his caps. A monkey has taken them and he must figure out where they are and get them back.
LibraryThing member sawalbeck
Great book for students to read along with. Good to keep attention of very young readers. Great book to do a student play.
LibraryThing member GWES.Second
A cap peddlar falls asleep under a tree and wakes up to find that monkeys have stolen his caps.
LibraryThing member kmtheodorou
This book was great for colors and counting. The class could bring their favorite cap or hat and wear it as the teacher reads the book.
LibraryThing member hnnewton
A fabulous classic that every teacher must read to their classroom. It teaches categories and counting. Just a really great book!
LibraryThing member lisabankey
This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I still remember the nuns reading this to the class in first grade. This story is about a peddler (who sells caps) has a bad day so he decides to take a nap under a tree. He awakens to find the monkeys in the tree have taken all of his caps. The
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peddler then has to figure out how to outsmart the monkeys to get his caps back. T
This would be a great story to act out or have the class participate since there are some repeated lines within the story.
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LibraryThing member lauraejensen
The tale of a cap peddler and the naughty monkeys that try to thwart his business. Children will enjoy joining in, chanting, and trying to stack caps. Bright, humorous, silly, and warm.
LibraryThing member awidmer06
Genre: Folktale
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Review: This is a good example of a folk tale because it has been passed along orally through generations and has grown out of one's imagination. The story tells of a hat peddler who is unable to sell his hats one morning. He decides to take a nap and
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wakes up with no hats on his head. Looking up into the trees, he sees monkeys wearing the hats he needs to sell. After many tries, the hats finally fall from the trees and he picks them up and continues on his way to town.
Media: This is a good example of pencil and pen media because the figures and objects are outlined in pen then filled in with color pencil. The color adds more variety and body to the pages. By using colored pencils, there is a variety of dimensions, lines, shading, and texture present.
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LibraryThing member aflanig1
A story about a man who sells caps but monkeys steal them. Could be used as a problem solving story
LibraryThing member DanielleSt
Book about a traveling hat salesman who keeps his inventory stacked on top of his head. One day he's taking a break and monkeys take all of his caps. He tries without avail to get them back but the monkeys just mimic his moves of frustration. Finally he throws his hat on the ground, the monkeys
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mimic him, and he recollects all of his caps!
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LibraryThing member chron002
Reading Rainbow book, simple to read. Peddler loses caps and wakes up to find monkeys with them in a tree. I love this book and know many people read this to their class. 1st to 2nd graders would enjoy this book.
LibraryThing member mcivalleri
A story for younger readers, it is a classic story, and one that kids should love. Some of the words may sound out-of-date, but that doesn't detract from the experience. I don't know if it's reading too much into it, but the concept that you get the most, when you give the most, comes to mind. When
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he is trying to "get" the caps, he can't...but when he throws his cap down ("gives" it) then he receives what he wants. And that's a good lesson.
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
"Caps For Sale" written by Esphyr Slobodkina is a humorous tale about a peddler who sold hats. Every day, the peddler would travel around the street and try to sell his caps in order to make a living. One particular day, no one wanted to buy the peddler’s hats, so the peddler decided he would
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rest that day. When he woke up all of his hats had disappeared; to his surprise, several monkeys had taken his caps. The addition of the monkeys to the story gave the book a surprise ending and humorous twist. I would read this story to Kindergarten to Third grade students to teach them about a different way to make a living and that unexpected things occur.
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LibraryThing member conuly
This is a classic for a reason. Who among us doesn't remember being a child and copying the monkeys who copied the peddler? It has everything children love - mischief, logical consequences, a happy ending, and naps. Well, maybe kids don't love naps.

Of course, I've always wondered where the monkeys
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came in. It never has seemed the sort of countryside you get those.
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LibraryThing member cejerry97
This is a story about a peddler who sells caps. The peddler has trouble one day keeping his hats, because monkeys on a tree mess with them! Kindergarten teachers can use this book to count how many hats the man has on his head by the end of the book! It is also a very good book to use for
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comprehension and questioning!
Type: Picture book - intermediate
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pictures: painted
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LibraryThing member ewang109
Slobodkina, E. (1940). Caps for sale: a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business. New York, NY: HarperTrophy.

The title alone is interesting and will be sure to appeal to young children. In Caps for Sale, a peddler sells caps. Yet instead of carrying the caps in a bag, he wears
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them on his head. The peddler has his own checkered-print cap, four gray caps, four brown caps, four blue caps, and four red caps. He walks very slowly to prevent them from falling off his head.

The man decides to take a nap, but when he wakes up, he discovers that his caps are missing. When he looks up, he sees that monkeys are wearing his caps! The monkeys refuse to return the caps, and they simply say “tsz, tsz, tsz” to the peddler. Finally when the peddler is about to give up, they return his caps.

This story is quite hilarious. Who would have ever thought that a man would wear so many caps or that monkeys in a tree would wear caps? Young children will enjoy this outrageous story from start to finish.

Caps for Sale is appropriate for preschoolers. They will like the repetitive lines. This story could also be used to teach colors and placement (bottom, middle, and top). However, whoever reads the story will need to define the words “wares” and “peddler.” Children might not know what these words mean.

The illustrations are also very simple. Only a few basic colors are used, but they are appropriate for this concise story.
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LibraryThing member ktextor
Caps for Sale is about a man who sells caps in a small town. He wears all of the caps on his head and in order with different colors with the last cap, his checked cap on the very bottom. He takes a break under a tree to get some sleep and when he wakes up his caps are missing! As he looks around
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he sees monkey's in the three all wearing his caps for sale! He tries many different ways to get his caps back and he finally gets them by playing a game of repeats. Once he gets the caps back he goes back into town to sell his caps. Great read and I can imagine children would love to read this and imitate the monkeys.
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LibraryThing member arewald
This book was introduced to me by my mentor teacher. It's a fun story about problem solving. When a peddler's caps are stolen by monkeys, how is he going to get them back, especially when the monkeys won't do anything except repeat the peddler's actions. Kids love to try to figure out what the
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peddler should do to get his caps back. And when he does, was it purely by accident, or did he plan it all along?
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LibraryThing member claire.cavell
This book would be great for younger elementary students. The repetition in words would also be great for student participation.

The peddler sold caps and balanced them on his head. He went through town but no one wanted to buy caps so the peddler walked towards the country and found a tree to take
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a nap under. When he awoke he noticed his caps missing. He looked up and saw monkeys on every branch wearing his caps. The monkeys were relentless but finally released his caps.
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LibraryThing member psjones
This book is great for shared reading; but I do not really like the illustration since the colors are somewhat boring and might not draw the attention of the entire class. I still love the story.
LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: The peddler’s caps were stolen by monkeys. He tried many things to get his caps back. I think you will be surprised at what works. I know I was.

Thoughts and Feelings: I wish I knew where this book took place. It looks like there are olive trees in the background – maybe Spain... But
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the author's name sounds Russian or Polish... She was born in Siberia during the Russian Revolution (I just looked it up.)
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LibraryThing member kagetzfred
This book tells the story of a traveling hat salesman who wears all of his hats on top of his head. One day he takes a nap underneath a tree and when he wakes up all of his hats are missing. He soon comes to realize that it was a group of silly monkeys who have taken all of his hats as they are
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swinging around in the tree above him. This book is excellent for repetition as each of the monkeys and the man repeat their lines. It also has simple, but cute pictures that are great for doing a picture walk since it is easy to see what is going to happen each time with all of the different monkeys. Also, different voices can really be incoporated when reading this book to keep children entertained.
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LibraryThing member stgayde
This story tells a tale of a traveling hat salesman who carries all his caps on his head. Tired from one of his journeys, the salesman decides to take a nap in a tree and wakes to find all of his caps missing. He quickly realizes that a group of monkeys has taken all of his hats and are now wearing
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them. The book itself incorporates wonderful repetition for children as well as number patterns.
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LibraryThing member raizel
It took me a long time to figure out what his book is about. Nothing happens---a peddler wants to sell his caps, he nearly loses them, mananges to regain them all, and the story ends with him still trying to sell his caps. There is no growth or change it, at least not in the physical world. If
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anything, he is hungrier at the end than the beginning. What's changed is understanding---on the part of the reader and, optimistically, on the part of the peddler. We have learned that true communication occurs via actions, not words; especially not words to monkeys, who don't speak the peddler's language. I realized this while sitting in a motivational meeting given by my boss, who was explaining how important it is to stay in touch with customers, even if it is to say that we haven't yet done what they wanted. The irony, of course, is that he rarely did this himself. Shakespeare's "my words fly up, my deeds remain below..." came to mind. As did this story.
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48 p.; 11.6 x 0.5 inches


020109147X / 9780201091472


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