I love introducing this book to children.
“Caps For Sale” A tale of a peddler, some monkeys and their monkey business
author: Esphry Slobodkina
illustrator: Esphry Slobodkina
The peddlers sells caps. He walks through the town with the caps on his head calling “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!” He walks out of town to the country, decides he’s tired and takes a nap under a tree – this is where the fun begins.
I collect hats for this story so the children can tell the story over and over again with the hats. I found a red one and a black one a few years ago. Then I use others so the children have a good number available to balance on their heads.
Vocabulary words: peddler, refreshed, checked
Same and different: town/country
Imitation: illustrated so well with the monkeys imitating the pedder
Colors: specific colors for the caps
Feelings & emotions: The peddler shows what HE does when frustrated and then angry. Good opportunity to talk about what a person can do when frustrated or angry. What else could the peddler of done?
Position words: under, top, bottom
Math: counting the monkeys, the caps, the buildings in town, the number of times the monkeys say “tsz”
Motor: Putting the hats on their own heads, shaking fists
Language: teach value for words
If this book is sitting in a box, pull it out, dust it off and enjoy the story, acting and all the teaching that can occur!
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