Friday, September 21, 2018

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina


The setting is within a small town and the countryside, where the main character (round character) a peddler is pursing the sale of his caps. The conflict person- against-self is introduced as he has no money and he is hungry (a conflict that is not solved within the text). He takes a walk to the country where he encounters conflict number two, persons-against-person (monkey to be exact). Slobodkina uses irony in her book, Caps for Sale to surprise her readers when the plot twists and this conflict is resolved. The story sends the peddler back to the town to continue his pursuit of his selling of caps.

The pictures are drawings of realistic art giving the reader the opportunity to see what the peddler sees and does, clearly conveying the story events written in the
text. The illustrations of the book are on the opposite page of the text; giving the reader the ability to read the text and then see these words come to life in the following picture.

Image: The Brown Road Chronicles
This book rates four out of five. I enjoyed the solution to the conflict; however, I am not sure the peddler solved it on purpose. Though the monkey business did seem to add entertainment to this book. I was saddened by the books inability to solve his initial problem of being hungry. I question the addition to the plot, when there was no conclusion to this problem. Only a new conflict was added and solved and he continued in an answer for this problem. I would have liked to seen this problem solved, maybe the peddler could have the used the monkey’s and their monkey business to create an act for the townspeople when he returned.



I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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