This classic tale by Esphyr Slobodkina was first published in 1940. The story is of a somewhat unusual peddler who has a very unusual encounter with a lot of monkeys.
One of the things we love about this book is the repetition. The peddler carries his caps on his head -- first his own black and white checkered cap, then the gray caps, the brown caps, the blue caps, and the red caps on the very top. This sequence is repeated several times within the story, as is the peddler's chant -- "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!"
The best part of the story happens when the peddler takes an afternoon nap under a tree and his caps are stolen by a large group of monkeys. The poor peddler has lost his caps and becomes quite frustrated, while the silly monkeys just tease the angry peddler by imitating him and saying "tsz, tsz, tsz!"
In the end, the peddler gets his caps back, thank goodness, and continues on his journey selling caps. It's an absolutely wonderful story that is funny, fun to read, and it's fun for the kids to participate and imitate the angry peddler just as the silly moneys do.Caps for Sale (paperback)
I had never read Caps for Sale as a child, this is one of the many wonderful children's books that I missed... we discovered it at my mother-in-law's house with my children. (I adore her for keeping a small bookshelf full of great children's books.) Thank you Grandma for introducing our family to this book -- we got our own copy for Christmas and I'm thrilled to have this in our collection.