Our Favorite Picture Books: Caps for Sale

by Esphyr Slobodkina




L&L really love this book because when we get to the part with the monkeys, we always act out the shaking and stomping!! ¬†I personally love the flow of the words and the natural rhythm of the story. ūüôā


This is a book used in the Before Five in a Row program.  I have lots of go-along and extension activities pinned on my Caps for Sale Pinterest board.

Amazon.com Review

Subtitled¬†A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, this absurd and very simple story has become a classic, selling hundreds of thousands of copies since its first publication in 1940. A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone–and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys. His attempts to get the caps back generate the kind of repetitive rhythm that 3- and 4-year-olds will adore. (Preschool and older)¬†–Richard Farr¬†–This text refers to the¬†Hardcover¬†edition.

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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