Friday, November 12, 2010

Peddlar* (for Peddler* or Pedlar*)

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, over in Amherst, Massachusetts, has a great many things in it. It has a great big room full of Eric Carle stuff. And a couple of other big rooms with a lot of other artists' stuff. It has a really cool bookstore. And a large room for crafts. It even has a children's library. The day I visited last summer, it also had a terrific little set of Caps for Sale playlets taking place in the auditorium, including the silhouetted puppet show pictured to your right. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business was written by Esphyr Slobodkina and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1938. The book, says Wikipedia, "is a sly take on the saying, 'Monkey see, monkey do'...." Peddlar* for peddler* (or pedlar*, which is the British way of spelling it) turned up 16 times in OhioLINK. Don't fall asleep on the job today and find yourself imitating this problem with your own CAPS—er, catalogs.

(Photo by self.)

Carol Reid

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