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Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) [Paperback]

By Esphyr Slobodkina (Author) & Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator)
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Item description for Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) by Esphyr Slobodkina...

A peddler who sells caps and carries his wares on his head encounters a group of mischievous monkeys

Publishers Description

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.

Awards and Recognitions
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) by Esphyr Slobodkina has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • E.B. White Read Aloud Award - 2013 Winner - Picture Bk Hall of Fame category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) by Esphyr Slobodkina has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1534
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 714
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 741
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 701
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1011

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   45
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1987
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Grade Level  Grade 1  
Age  4-8
Series  Learning Language Arts Through Literature  
ISBN  0064431436  
ISBN13  9780064431439  

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More About Esphyr Slobodkina

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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 lived in Great Neck, in the state of New York. Esphyr Slobodkina was born in 1908 and died in 2002.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business?

Grandkids loved it!  Mar 24, 2010
A simple story, simply illustrated, and my two-and four-year-old grandkids loved it! They asked me to read it to them again and again.
Perfect book for an autistic child!  Mar 20, 2010
My child is high functioning autistic and is in kindergarten. I went to one of his classes one day and his teacher was reading this book to the class. I found out how much he enjoyed her reading it and he was very involved in it. She took the freedom to be very expressive with the book and he loved it. He would imitate and say "...caps for sale!" and what the monkeys did and new what was coming and had a big smile on his face. Right away I realized that this book was going to be the next addition to our story time collection. I love reading it to him and my other kids because everybody loves it and gets so involve in the story and I truly enjoy how much HE enjoys it too. I love this book and recommend it to everyone.
Fabulous!  Feb 7, 2010
My kids LOVE this book! It's whimsical and silly, and just a lot of fun to read. I highly recommend it to anyone.
Caps Off To Slobodkina  Feb 6, 2010
My girls recently inherited Caps For Sale so I decided to read it to them during one of our dinners this past week. Caps For Sale was written over 70 years ago and is based on a folktale. Although this book is a popular read-aloud book that has sold more than two million copies, I was not familiar with it. The illustrations and story are very simple, but I found the book surprisingly amusing. As the title indicates, there are caps for sale. A salesman has 17 caps on his head and walks up and down streets yelling, "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" One morning the peculiar salesman walks out to the sticks and finds a great big tree to rest under. When the man wakes up from his nap, he realizes that 16 of his caps were stolen by 16 cap-stealing monkeys. The story does not end there, but I thought I would not spoil the rest of the story in case you are not familiar with it. I found myself a little intrigued as to what would happen next as I read the story. I just started to regularly read stories to my girls, but I do not normally find myself so curious when reading a book to them. Both of my girls really like the repetitive lines spoken by both the salesman and monkeys. We give Caps For Sale six thumbs up!
Children Love It  Feb 1, 2010
My favorite book as a child. I read it all the children in the familiy. They all love it. They really get into it and act along with the story.

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