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

By (author) Esphyr Slobodkina , Illustrated 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 and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. This is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 203.2 x 256.54 x 5.08mm | 158.76g
  • 06 Feb 2002
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0064431436
  • 9780064431439
  • 1,605

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Author Information

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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"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 abnd of monkeys."" --The New York Times

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Good natured nonsense tale in text and pictures. The text is almost unnecessary as text and pictures tell the story of the peddler who fell asleep and had his whole stock in trade of colored caps stolen by the monkeys. And of how mere chance made him do the one thing that persuaded the monkeys to throw away the caps. (Kirkus Reviews)

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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.

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Customer reviews

Deserves 5 Stars

The illustrations in this book are old-fashioned and not very appealing - but don't let that put your off - the story is magnificent! Join in the actions and have a laugh.show more
by Esther Allen