Free Fridays: Caps for Sale

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

For this fine Free Friday, I have chosen one of my childhood favorites, Caps for Sale. If you haven’t read it before, you are in for a treat! Esphyr Slobodkina is both the illustrator and author of this tale, and I must say, she did an excellent job! In print for more than 50 years, the book has sold more than 2 million copies.

Just like other classic children’s titles, such as The Story of Ferdinand and Corduroy, the book is both fun and whimsical. As it’s written for a younger audience, preschool to 3rd grade students would particularly appreciate the tale. It’s also a great book for early readers practicing their developing skills.

Slobodkina’s illustrations augment the text with colorful charm. The story features a peddler who stacks multiple caps atop his head, just so. He calls through the streets, “Caaa-aaps, caps for saaaale, 50 cents a caa-aap.” One afternoon he decides to rest underneath a shady tree during the heat of the day. When he wakes up from his nap, he is surprised to find himself in the center of monkey business!

The rest of story ensues in a charming monkey-see-monkey-do fashion. The antics leave the reader guessing if the peddler will be able to outsmart the monkeys or not. To find out how it concludes, you get to read it for yourself!

~ Hannah Gravitt

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