Jennifer's Reviews > Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
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Feb 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

This is one of my favorite predictable children's picture books of all time! Esphyr Slobodkina basis her story on an old folktale. A peddler who sells hats decides to take a nap after a slow day of not selling any caps. While the peddler naps, some mischievous little monkeys steal the peddlers caps. Upon awakening, the peddler demands the monkeys return his caps. The monkeys imitate the peddler as he shakes his fist and stomps his foot, but it isn't until the peddler throws down his cap that the he is able to retrieve his caps when the monkeys copy him by throwing the caps down at his feet.

Themes: frustration, naughtiness, humor

Classroom uses: This is a great book to introduce patterns in math such as ABAB, ABCABC, etc. Other math uses include money concepts such as determining how much the peddler would make if he sold each cap for a certain amount or having the students make paper representations of the colored caps and graphing them together (bar graphs, tally marks, etc). One could also tie this in with some beginning research skills by having the children research 2 or 3 different types of primates to share with the class.
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Sharon Thanks Jennifer. I am a new teacher and this was very helpful


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