Circus Week, Day 3

More picture books!  This time of the fictional variety.

I was going to feature a whole stack of picture books from the library and our home, but I have only been allowed to read one book, over and over, to the girls.

Circus Caps for Sale by Esphyr Sobodkina.  New York: HarperCollins, 1967.

Circus Caps for Sale is Esphyr Slobodkina's sequel to her classic Caps for Sale.  This book is a favorite of both my daughters.  There was much squealing when they pulled it from the library bag.  (Yes, I ventured there without them this weekend.)

The little peddler from the first book goes out with his stack of caps to sell them in town.  But no one is about - they are all at the fair!  At the fair, there is a circus, and no one can hear the peddler over the noise of the circus parade.

An elephant steals a cap from the peddler, but upsets the whole stack of caps.  The jugglers and acrobats grab the caps, and the poor peddler thinks the caps are goners.

I love the look of Slobodkina's elephant!

Finally, after determining that no one in the circus can balance the caps like the peddler, the peddler is hired to wear his tower of caps in the circus as an act.

Little Sis was so excited to see this book!

You may recall that I used it for a storytime at my former place of business last year.

 Little Sis hates having her picture taken.

Other books I had planned to feature:

If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss
Circus Train by Jos. A. Smith 
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer 
                ...  which contains my favorite illustration of Olivia's bedroom:

I love the Eleanor Roosevelt poster in Olivia's room!!!

And there are so many more great circus books out there.  Feel free to name your favorites in the comments.  


  1. I did not realize caps for sale had a sequel! Well I'm going to get that at the library the next time we go! Can you imagine going to a circus at the turn of the century? That would have been incredible. We took the boys to the biggest show on earth a few years ago. It was fun and amazing but it's nothing like it used to be. (nor could it be if it wanted to... times have changed)

    1. Indeed they have. I love reading and watching old movies about old circuses. Ringling Bros. hasn't been through here in years, and I haven't made it to the Shrine Circus with the girls. They've seen Cirque Mechanix and Cirque Montage, which are more in the vein of Cirque du Solei.

      I'll admit, I hedge on the idea of going to the modern circus, based on the animal welfare factor. And the romance of the old-fashioned big top is gone, too.


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