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Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Paperback – September 1, 2015
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And I love the classic tale, and so do my kids, for its sweet innocent text, its rhythmic repetitions and the unique character and palette of its illustrations. All of which are preserved here except... as I discovered when I sat down to read this to a group of kids at circle time... the delightful text. Oh, and some of the pictures.
I would definitely not call it the SAME BOOK since the text is different, and I think it's mighty sneaky of the publisher (HarperFestival) to hint that you're getting "the classic tale" when what you're getting is some editorial department's cut-n-slash decisions about what makes the book tick.
What I like about this book is the repetition of the order of the hats, which kids enjoy as well, but one full repeat is missing, and another has been pared down slightly. Some of the text has been skipped - the entire second page - and elsewhere, it's paraphrased for brevity.
Perhaps if you've never read the original, you'll enjoy this book. For me, used to the rhythms and humour of the original, this board book version is woefully lacking.
Luckily, our version is from the library, so all I have to do is give it back - no returns processing necessary. I hope others will learn from my mistake before it ends up costing them the $9/$12 (in Canada), plus shipping, that they'd have to pay to get this book home. And the disappointment of knowing it's not the "classic tale" at all.
It is particularly delightful for young children, who can identify both with the peddler's nap and his anger at the monkeys in a tree, who have stolen his caps.
Altogether, the story is pure joy. Your copy is sure to wear out before your children reach the age of five, as ours did. Alyssa A. Lappen
You can imagine my disappointment as I read it to her, discovering that important phrases, entire pages, and key details were left out of this edition, especially the rhythmic phrasing, and some of the low points of the book, completely flattening what had been a dynamic and suspenseful story. Even she noticed the difference and asked for the old book back.
I would love to be able to get a new copy of the original story, however this is not it.
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Love the story, but it arrived a little damaged. It looked like the bottom corner had gotten wet and then a bit wrinkled.Published 3 days ago by Lindsey Johnson
This is my favorite book. I buy this book for all of my friends' children. You can make the story very interactive and the kids love it. Add this to your library immediately.Published 12 days ago by Nettie
I buy this for all my friends when they have a baby! A timeless classic!Published 23 days ago by K. Stinnette
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As a Librarian and Teacher I highly recommend that parents should read this one aloud to their kids. For Kindergarten through Third Graders. Read more
For my Children's Literature class we have been looking at books that are beneficial for children who are preschool aged - 8th graders. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Holli9