Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Tsz, tsz, tsz, I’m probably a little tardy to the Caps for Sale party, but hey, it’s never too late to get into a good book, right?

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The story of a cap peddler who has to retrieve his wares from a bunch of exasperatingly mischievous thieves, is simple β€” but executed flawlessly: charming and just whimsical enough to have an element of surprise, yet with the right amount of repetition so even the youngest readers can follow along.

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The illustrations by Esphyr Slobodkina, in a deliciously muted fall palette, are also pure delight. This 1938 classic is one of the few books that are equally enjoyable for both my three- and four-and-a-half-year-old, and it also stands up to multiple readings without getting old.

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