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

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

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by Esphyr Slobodkina
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
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!
New York Times
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064431439
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Reading Rainbow Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
21,156
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile:
AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002), internationally renowned artist and author of the children's classic Caps 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 member of the American Abstract Artists group, and her work is represented in prominent museum collections across the country.

Esphyr Slobodkina (1908–2002), internationally renowned artist and author of the children's classic Caps 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 member of the American Abstract Artists group, and her work is represented in prominent museum collections across the country.

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Caps for Sale 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Sokormom More than 1 year 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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Always have. Great gor younger kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story for kids to join in the telling and even "acting out" the parts. Illustrations are distinctive and appealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caps for sale i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
imparshall More than 1 year ago
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!
michaelsbadger More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can read this book in five minutes and four dollors really
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Richard Sandor More than 1 year ago
The story was well weirten for little kids to read when they are tired.
littlemissbookwormGW More than 1 year ago
so cute i still remember it!!!!!!
Mary Jett More than 1 year ago
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; -)
Isabella Malatesta More than 1 year ago
This book is truley funny.A great book for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a cute book and one I use to reread as a kid.
Lyzette More than 1 year ago
B & N takes donated books for kids during the holidays. I purchased Caps For Sale for this purpose. It was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I hope another kid will like it too.
Zoomers_Mommy More than 1 year ago
We love this book. The repetition makes it great for young readers. And, the use of colored caps and monkeys delights ever time. A favorite of both of ours.
DebbieSilbergleit More than 1 year ago
The classic story of the peddler, his caps, and the monkeys who borrow them. Children of all ages will enjoy the monkey's antics and toddlers especially will be able to relate to the peddler's frustration. The story can be read aloud or the cd can be popped in for even more entertainment (the cd contains additional songs). A wonderful addition to any child's listening library. Great on car trips as well.
NYS_Reader More than 1 year ago
My parents read Caps for Sale to me when I was a child, and now I have the pleasure of sharing this book with my children. The simple "monkey see, monkey do" premise elicits laughter from my kids each time they hear the story and see the pictures. For maximum affect, as you read the story aloud, be sure to reflect in your voice and movements the protagonist's increasing frustration with the monkeys as each page in the tale unfolds. I mimic the peddler's movements, and my kids mimic the monkey's movements, and everyone laughs. This book has been a favorite of multiple generations of children worldwide since 1940 and is worth adding to any child's library. Check out the companion book too -- "Circus Caps for Sale." Enjoy!
msjazz55 More than 1 year ago
When my children were small, my husband read this book to them over and over. It was one of their favorite books. When I looked for birthday gifts for my precious neice, Nylah, I bought this book for her. I cannot wait to read Caps for Sale to her, she is so smart and inquisitive, I know she will love it!
kvl More than 1 year ago
an enduring favorite in my family...bought this for a nephew
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my parents read this to me as a child, and now we read it to our daughter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got for my son for Christmas. Based on the reviews I was excited to read this to my son but he was not interested. I too didn't find the story that great. A tab bit weird...