Those darn monkeys stole my caps

January 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina; published by Scholastic, New York; 1940 (and 1968).

Slobodkina retells a Siberian folktale about a cap salesman who is outwitted by a tree full of monkeys and cleverly outwits the monkeys. Her old-world illustrations, in jewel-tones, support the folktale beautifully.

I’ve used this book in read alouds with early elementary students and have them respond to the story (“No caps!”), stomp their feet and “tsk tsk tsk” along with the peddler.  Although the story is almost 70 years old, the tale is still endearing as the children feel the frustration and relief along with the peddler.

It’s a classic.


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