Thursday, June 10, 2010

Caps For Sale and a giveaway!

One of the books I remember most fondly from my childhood (outside of the previously mentioned Bobbsey Twins) is the ever-popular Caps for Sale. Caps for Sale was a book from my mother's own childhood that she introduced to me. I was immediately captivated by the simple illustrations, bold colors and storyline with which any child could personally identify. I mean, what little kid doesn't appreciate the foot-stamping, fist-raising frustration those monkeys cause?!


When I first purchased this book for Elizabeth, I probably hadn't seen my childhood copy in 15 years. The picture below is the one that really took me on a trip down memory lane. I remember how impressive it was that the peddler could carry all those hats on his head at one time, and I remember thinking the foremost building was a church. I'm not really sure what gave me that impression except that the top of the building resembles a belfry.


And then there are the monkeys, those mischievous rascals!


One thing I appreciate about this book is the easily identifiable beginning, middle and end to the story. We occasionally ask the kids various questions about the books we've read aloud, and this one is great for a 5-7 year old to begin to understand the structure of a story.


As a way to get the ball rolling on this new blog, I've decided to giveaway a copy of Caps For Sale to one lucky commenter. You can also gain a second entry by following The Book Children blog and a third by mentioning this giveaway on your own blog. The giveaway will end on Monday (6/14) at 8 pm and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The winner of the first giveaway by The Book Children is Ginny! Congrats Ginny!

Welcome to The Book Children!


24 comments:

  1. What a great idea! We love this book, too-- it's so much fun to help the peddler call out "caaaaps! caps for sale! fifty cents a cap!"

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  2. This is a great book. I'd love to win it - we have it at Grandma's but not at home. I love the concept of this new blog and look forward to reading it.

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  3. this is drew's FAVORITE (so, we already have a copy--don't let us win!), but i love that it's first on your list. & I can't wait to see what comes!

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  4. When I taught first, we always did a whole week of various "hat" stories and this was always a big hit with the kids. They also loved fashioning their own caps that we made from newspaper. I wonder what books from this generation will wind up being timeless classics like this one?

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  5. What a great new blog you have here Joy! Books for children are something near and dear to my heart to. I can't wait to read more. I love Caps for Sale, and we do not currently have a copy. I'm following you, and I'll share it on the sidebar of my blog.

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  6. I grew up on this as well and it's been on my Amazon wishlist for ages! My mom read it to me before bed all the time.

    Paul and I have started a children's book library in our house for no apparent reason and I can't wait until this joins the rest. I just brought back "Make Way For Ducklings" from a trip to Boston this week. :)

    Love your new blog btw.

    -Heather

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  7. I love the concept of sharing books that you love on a blog. Can't wait to share the excitement of a good childrens book.

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  8. ok, so i have no recollection of this book from my own childhood. i think our parents tossed them all out by the time I came along =)... oh well.

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  9. I haven't read Caps for Sale in so long! I am very certain my boys would love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Woo hoo! And now I am following you! So here is my second entry. Thank you Joy! Have a great weekend!

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  11. We have much in common in this department Joy! Even my dad, who has just hired someone to catalog his library! We are heading to the beach in a couple of minutes, so I can't get myself a second chance by blogging about this
    :( Thanks for the giveaway, somehow we don't own this one!

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  12. We love Caps for Sale! I hadn't read it as a child but I so enjoy reading it to Michael. What I really love about it is the rhythm and repetition in the words. There are some books that I cringe to read over an over again, but this one is a pleasure.

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  13. sweet! i collect first edition and vintage kids books and also have many books from my own childhood. i love this book - illustrations are so bold and fun!

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  14. I have never heard of this book and I found your blog from Dawn's blog.

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  15. HI, JUST VISITING FROM LISAS BLOG. thanks for the giveaway chance!
    angelina

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  16. I totally agree with Paul... great idea! You certainly have the knack for finding beautiful books for children. Why haven't I seen this one?

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  17. Congrats on the new blog! How you do it all, I don't know, don't think you sleep. Can't wait to read more Joy. Don't count me in the giveaway, we already have this one. :)

    lisa

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  18. This is one we do not have, but I would love to add it to our collection!

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  19. My kids would love this...the pictures are so beautiful. I'm about to become a follower....

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  20. this would be a well loved edition to our home library! what a great giveaway!

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  21. I love this book! I remember it as a child. Sweet blog. You might also like my friend's blog, http://bookykids.blogspot.com
    Nicola

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