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

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Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every...

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Overview

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.

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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A cap peddler wakes from a nap to find all his caps are gone-a bunch of naughty monkeys have taken them up a tree. Angrily shaking his finger at the monkeys, the peddler demands his caps back, but the monkeys only shake their fingers and say "Tsz, tsz, tsz." No matter what the peddler does, the monkeys only imitate him. Finally, the peddler is so enraged he throws his cap on the ground-and all the monkeys follw suit!
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431439
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 771
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Esphyr Slobodkina (the name is pronounced ess-FEER sloh-BOD-kee-nah) was born in the Siberian town of Chelyabinsk on Sept. 22, 1908.

Esphyr immigrated to the United States on a student visa at the age of 29. She enrolled at the National Academy of Design, NYC, and in the 1930s, she worked painting lamp shades and soon after murals for the WPA. Esphyr was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists, which began amid controversy in 1936.

In 1937 Slobodkina met the children's author Margaret Wise Brown. In an effort to find work as an illustrator, Slobodkina wrote and illustrated a story with collage called Mary And The Poodies to present to Brown. This began a new career for Slobodkina, who illustrated many children's stories for Ms. Brown (including Sleepy ABCs and the Big and Little series) while still continuing her work as an abstract artist.

In her autobiography, (portions available through this web-site) Ms. Slobodkina wrote, "When Margaret died, I was left without a writer, and since she always insisted that she liked the way I told my stories, I took a deep breath and began to send them to my agent." Ms. Slobodkina took her responsibility as a children's book author seriously. In her memoir she wrote: "The verbal patterns and the patterns of behavior we present to children in these lighthearted confections are likely to influence them for the rest of their lives. These aesthetic impressions, just like the moral teachings of early childhood, remain indelible."

Caps for Sale was first published in 1938. Since then it has sold more than two million copies. Today it is considered a children’s book classic as generation after generation pass the story along to new readers. In sales it ranks with such classics as Good Night Moon, according to Publisher's Weekly.

Caps for Sale, won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 and is memorialized in a painting by Ms. Slobodkina on permanent exhibition in the West Hartford Library, CT.

Ms. Slobodkina wrote and illustrated numerous other books, including Mary and The Poodies (1937), The Wonderful Feast, (1955), The Clock (1956), The Long Island Ducklings (1961), and Pezzo the Peddler and the Circus Elephant, which was first published in 1967 and was reissued in 2002 as Circus Caps for Sale, to name a few.

At the age of 88, Esphyr's primary focus became overseeing the production of musical storybook cassettes of all twenty of her children's books.

At age 90, Esphyr designed a mini museum in Glen Head, Long Island, NY (through her Slobodkina Foundation) as a place where guests can visit and view more than 200 works of art, her handmade dolls and jewelry, as well as her complete collection of children's storybooks, including some original illustrations.

Famed artist and author Esphyr Slobodkina was a leader of the abstract movement in the United States from the 1930s until her death at age 93 in July 2002.

Slobodkina’s works have received high acclaim. Her paintings, sculptures and literary works are part of the collections of The Metropolitan Museum, NY; The National Gallery in Washington, D.C; The Smithsonian; The Hecksher Museum, L.I., NY (where she has a permanent wing); The Whitney Museum, NY; The Wadsworth Museum, Hartford, CT; The Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and more.

Esphyr Slobodkina (the name is pronounced ess-FEER sloh-BOD-kee-nah) was born in the Siberian town of Chelyabinsk on Sept. 22, 1908.

Esphyr immigrated to the United States on a student visa at the age of 29. She enrolled at the National Academy of Design, NYC, and in the 1930s, she worked painting lamp shades and soon after murals for the WPA. Esphyr was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists, which began amid controversy in 1936.

In 1937 Slobodkina met the children's author Margaret Wise Brown. In an effort to find work as an illustrator, Slobodkina wrote and illustrated a story with collage called Mary And The Poodies to present to Brown. This began a new career for Slobodkina, who illustrated many children's stories for Ms. Brown (including Sleepy ABCs and the Big and Little series) while still continuing her work as an abstract artist.

In her autobiography, (portions available through this web-site) Ms. Slobodkina wrote, "When Margaret died, I was left without a writer, and since she always insisted that she liked the way I told my stories, I took a deep breath and began to send them to my agent." Ms. Slobodkina took her responsibility as a children's book author seriously. In her memoir she wrote: "The verbal patterns and the patterns of behavior we present to children in these lighthearted confections are likely to influence them for the rest of their lives. These aesthetic impressions, just like the moral teachings of early childhood, remain indelible."

Caps for Sale was first published in 1938. Since then it has sold more than two million copies. Today it is considered a children’s book classic as generation after generation pass the story along to new readers. In sales it ranks with such classics as Good Night Moon, according to Publisher's Weekly.

Caps for Sale, won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 and is memorialized in a painting by Ms. Slobodkina on permanent exhibition in the West Hartford Library, CT.

Ms. Slobodkina wrote and illustrated numerous other books, including Mary and The Poodies (1937), The Wonderful Feast, (1955), The Clock (1956), The Long Island Ducklings (1961), and Pezzo the Peddler and the Circus Elephant, which was first published in 1967 and was reissued in 2002 as Circus Caps for Sale, to name a few.

At the age of 88, Esphyr's primary focus became overseeing the production of musical storybook cassettes of all twenty of her children's books.

At age 90, Esphyr designed a mini museum in Glen Head, Long Island, NY (through her Slobodkina Foundation) as a place where guests can visit and view more than 200 works of art, her handmade dolls and jewelry, as well as her complete collection of children's storybooks, including some original illustrations.

Famed artist and author Esphyr Slobodkina was a leader of the abstract movement in the United States from the 1930s until her death at age 93 in July 2002.

Slobodkina’s works have received high acclaim. Her paintings, sculptures and literary works are part of the collections of The Metropolitan Museum, NY; The National Gallery in Washington, D.C; The Smithsonian; The Hecksher Museum, L.I., NY (where she has a permanent wing); The Whitney Museum, NY; The Wadsworth Museum, Hartford, CT; The Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and more.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    NOOKBook is a joke. Can not even use.

    This book is not even readable on a nook. The images and text are not even formated to fit on the scree. It's like the each page was converted to an image file that is the orig. size of the book even for text. Resizing the text does nothing. Called and B&N did get a refund. Sad I had to put 1 star to warn nook users because I love the book.

    Support confirmed the book was not usable and could do nothing for other than refunding.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Even better than it was 30 yrs ago!!

    In preschool 30 yrs ago, we would read the book and then act it out! One of the best memories of Mrs Corona's CLass!! My 3 kids all love the song and the play feature on the Nook read and play. It is awesome to be able to share my memories with my kids!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    Barnes and Noble needs to step it up!!

    This title is only compatible with the Nook Color. Despite B&N using images of this book to demonstrate the features of their Nook for Kids iPad app, it does not work with iPad. I was very excited to see that there were interactive kids books available to use on the iPad but with no sure way to know which are compatible and which are not, it makes the app practically worthless. I loved this book as a kid and hoped to share it with my daughter on the iPad. This book is 5 stars but the B&N version is a bait and switch!

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Caps for sale

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! Always have. Great gor younger kids.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    loved by 3 generations of our family

    Fun story for kids to join in the telling and even "acting out" the parts. Illustrations are distinctive and appealing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    LOVE IT!

    My 2 1/2 old Grandson loves this book! We reread it all the time. The funny monkeys, the learning of colors, & sequencing are all learning ideas. He also likes the full story version. Remember that most board books are not the total story.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Caps

    Caps for sale i love it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Do not lisin to that kid

    This book is good for aduls and children

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    A family favorite!

    My husband and I rediscovered this book about a month ago and it instantly became one of our son's favorites. He acts it out and dances to the songs (great touch!) We highly recommend this as an addition to your kiddoes Nook library shelf.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    This is very helpful.

    I think that this book is very educational for younger kids like my brother. He keeps asking me if i could get him the book to read and do the activities. This book again is very helpful and educational for kids five or below.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Fhjd

    I can read this book in five minutes and four dollors really

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Love It!

    Got this for my one grandson when he was born about 7 years ago......He has loved it all these years. He went from me reading it to him reading it to himself. Just purchased another one for my new grand daughter and I'm sure she will enjoy it too over the years. I know Grandma definetly loves it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    DO NOT GET THIS BOOK

    It doesn't even let you download it. It just took my money and didn't even let me dowload. So it does not really work.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    My Baby Loves It

    Of course Caps For Sale is an awesome book, and personally I have a few complaints about the adaptation of this story for Nook, but I'm giving it 5 stars because my 16-month old turns on the Nook all by herself, selects this book, and plays with it over and over and over again!

    The type is quite small, but if the book is being read to you by the machine, this obviously doesn't matter much. At first I didn't love that a few of the original illustrations had been crudely animated, but now I appreciate that this maintains the integrity of the original. There are a few interactive things my daughter won't do yet, but I'm very excited for when she's able to (find the different-colored hats, draw a sun, etc.) The person reading the story also sings some songs throughout, none of which I loved at first, but they're growing on me, maybe because I hear them a million times a day! Frankly, I think the music could be better, but like I said, my daughter really loves this book, so I'm happy with it too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Fantastic

    The story was well weirten for little kids to read when they are tired.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    favorite!!!!!!!

    so cute i still remember it!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    My sons favorite

    I have been reading this book to my sons for years and they never tire of it. I think the funny voices and gestures I do with it help a lot; -)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Funny

    This book is truley funny.A great book for kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    CAPS FOR SALE

    Caps for Sale is a b ook that my now 40 year old son absolutely loved. He was introduced to it in a library story hour. I, of course, had to buy the book for him. I read it to him countless times. When he outgrew the story, I put it away for the future. Years later, I read the book to my 2 grandsons. I did have to purchase a new book for the boys, because the original book was falling apart. The 2 boys loved the book as much as my son did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    A classic every child should have

    Its a cute book and one I use to reread as a kid.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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