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Circus Caps for Sale [Hardcover]

By Esphyr Slobodkina (Author)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.37" Width: 8.33" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 2002
Publisher   HarperCollins
Age  3-7
ISBN  0060296550  
EAN  9780060296551  
UPC  046594015952  

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Item Description...
Pezzo, a peddler who sells caps by balancing them all on his head, is invited to do an act in the circus, in the sequel to Caps for Sale which was originally published in 1967 as Pezzo the Peddler and the Circus Elephant.

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The peddler wakes up bright and early, ready to begin his day and sell some caps. But everyone in town is missing. Where could they be? Then he realizes they must be at the county fair, and he rushes off to sell his caps to the crowd. Instead of selling, though, he finds himself caught in the middle of a circus on parade. And before he knows it, he and his caps are one of the star acts!

Esphyr Slobodkina's classic artwork and timeless story are as endearing as ever in this new, refreshed edition. Come to the circus, one and all -- but don't forget those caps are for sale!

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More About Esphyr Slobodkina

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Esphyr Slobodkina (the name is pronounced ess-FEER sloh-BOD-kee-nah) was born in the Siberian town of Chelyabinsk on Sept. 22, 1908.

Esphyr immigrated to the United States on a student visa at the age of 29. She enrolled at the National Academy of Design, NYC, and in the 1930s, she worked painting lamp shades and soon after murals for the WPA. Esphyr was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists, which began amid controversy in 1936.

In 1937 Slobodkina met the children's author Margaret Wise Brown. In an effort to find work as an illustrator, Slobodkina wrote and illustrated a story with collage called Mary And The Poodies to present to Brown. This began a new career for Slobodkina, who illustrated many children's stories for Ms. Brown (including Sleepy ABCs and the Big and Little series) while still continuing her work as an abstract artist.

In her autobiography, (portions available through this web-site) Ms. Slobodkina wrote, "When Margaret died, I was left without a writer, and since she always insisted that she liked the way I told my stories, I took a deep breath and began to send them to my agent." Ms. Slobodkina took her responsibility as a children's book author seriously. In her memoir she wrote: "The verbal patterns and the patterns of behavior we present to children in these lighthearted confections are likely to influence them for the rest of their lives. These aesthetic impressions, just like the moral teachings of early childhood, remain indelible."

Caps for Sale was first published in 1938. Since then it has sold more than two million copies. Today it is considered a children's book classic as generation after generation pass the story along to new readers. In sales it ranks with such classics as Good Night Moon, according to Publisher's Weekly.

Caps for Sale, won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 and is memorialized in a painting by Ms. Slobodkina on permanent exhibition in the West Hartford Library, CT.

Ms. Slobodkina wrote and illustrated numerous other books, including Mary and The Poodies (1937), The Wonderful Feast, (1955), The Clock (1956), The Long Island Ducklings (1961), and Pezzo the Peddler and the Circus Elephant, which was first published in 1967 and was reissued in 2002 as Circus Caps for Sale, to name a few.

At the age of 88, Esphyr's primary focus became overseeing the production of musical storybook cassettes of all twenty of her children's books.

At age 90, Esphyr designed a mini museum in Glen Head, Long Island, NY (through her Slobodkina Foundation) as a place where guests can visit and view more than 200 works of art, her handmade dolls and jewelry, as well as her complete collection of children's storybooks, including some original illustrations.

Famed artist and author Esphyr Slobodkina was a leader of the abstract movement in the United States from the 1930s until her death at age 93 in July 2002.

Slobodkina's works have received high acclaim. Her paintings, sculptures and literary works are part of the collections of The Metropolitan Museum, NY; The National Gallery in Washington, D.C; The Smithsonian; The Hecksher Museum, L.I., NY (where she has a permanent wing); The Whitney Museum, NY; The Wadsworth Museum, Hartford, CT; The Northeast Children's Literature Collection, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and more.

Esphyr Slobodkina lived in Great Neck, in the state of New York. Esphyr Slobodkina was born in 1908 and died in 2002.

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Great story, print quality only so-so  Sep 22, 2007
My kids love the story of this book. But the print quality is just ok. On several pages, the ink is very light.
Love the new "twist" on "Caps..."  Aug 6, 2007
My grandchildren loved hearing this story for the first time last week. When requested to read it again, my 8 year old granddaughter read to the other 3... Took fotos as I was struck my their interest...
Thanks for another great buy!
Great--When Is the Musical Version Coming Out Like Caps for  Oct 17, 2003
My nieces and nephews love the Caps for Sale and Circus Caps for Sale books. I gave them the music and narration cassette version of the original Caps for Sale (with Ann Marie Mulhearn) to help them learn to read and they wanted more. So then I gave them Circus Caps for Sale. They love the illustrations and think the story is "neat." I've tried to find the music version of this as well--I understand it should be available soon but I haven't been able to find it. I hope Slobodkina's publisher(s) will re-release more of her children's books--they are a treasure.
a great sequel  Apr 30, 2003
Our 28month old son loves this book and it became the first book he asked to keep in his crib at night while he slept. The original ("Caps for Sale") was also a favorite but our little music lover likes this one better because of the band and instruments. Great book to read soon after a child experiences a fair, carnival or circus because they can relate their experience to the book's pictures and story. The text is very good (but not as good as the first book, simply because I think the first book has truly outstanding text.) The book is very slightly, but not objectionably dated, with regard to race and gender depictions but the values depicted in the story are good and developmentally appropriate for toddlers on up. Definitely worth reading.
Great Sharing Time Book For Pre-K And Parent  Aug 12, 2002
Our 3 1/2 year old thoroughly enjoyed this book - first he loved the caps and then he loved all the circus going-ons. The sharing time served as a great introduction to a peddler and then had us empathize with his feelings and experiences as the caps were taken from him and then his unique personage recognized by the circus people. We highly recommend this book!

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