The story: A traveling salesman sells caps from a neatly stacked inventory he carries on his head! One day he takes a nap under a tree. When he wakes up his caps are missing! Where can they be? Stolen by a group of monkeys sitting in the tree.
- Intended for: Children ages 2-6
- Published: Harper Collins (NY), 1940
- Themes: Counting, colors, silly animals, feelings, problem solving
Dialogic Reading Tips: Caps for Sale is a classic “monkey see, money do” tale, which makes it a lot of fun to act out. When reading aloud to your preschooler, act out the part of the peddler by first shaking your finger and then your fist, stomping one foot and then two, and finally throwing down your imaginary cap. Your child can play the role of the monkey, and mimic you saying “Tsz, tsz, tsz.”
The text is repetitive, so you child will soon be able to join you in the peddler’s call, “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”
Raising A Reader MA helps parents develop Dialogic Reading skills. Dialogic Reading is a child and an adult having a shared conversation about a book…it is interactive storytelling. Including a child in the telling of a story is not only a fun way to share a book, it stimulates the young child’s rapidly developing brain. This builds a strong foundation for future learning.
When reading interactively with a child there are three simple strategies to remember.
Ask “what” questions.
Point at a monkey and ask: “What is this?” (Pause) Then respond “Yes! It’s a monkey!” (Or if the child isn’t quite right, “What a good guess! It looks like a dog, but it is really a monkey.”)
If reading with a baby, simply name the object.
Expand on your child’s answer.
After your child has named the monkey, “Yes! It’s a monkey. It is a monkey wearing a red cap. What color cap do you have?
Ask open ended questions.
“Why do you think the peddler is angry?“ or “What do you think the peddler can do to get his caps back?”
Open-ended questions have no right or wrong answers, and require thought and imagination. These are for children who have mastered “what” questions.
You can also download the Raising A Reader MA Dialogic Reading Tip Sheet for Caps for Sale now!