- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (September 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064431436
- ISBN-13: 978-0064431439
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (589 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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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Another reviewer said that the newer versions are not quite the same as the original versions (1947,1949, and 1968 I think). I can't vouch for that, but if you're buying this book because you remember enjoying it yourself and now want to share it with your children or grandchildren, you might want to search for vintage editions.
An afterthought: Amazon was wonderful about refunding my money for this item.
This is a classic tale. I liked how the peddler showed his frustration and the monkeys followed suit. It teaches children about imitation. It also got the peddler back his caps. It is a fun, easy read.