The Hatseller and the Monkeys

An African version of the familiar story, Caps for Sale. In this story, a man encounters difficulty from a group of mischievous monkeys on his way to the festival to sell his hats. Through this difficult situation, he learns an important life lesson.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Producers, Goods & Services, Economic Wants, Consumers, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Trade & Money, Specialization.

Comprehension Questions

What did BaMusa produce?


Why did BaMusa choose the job of being a hat producer?

He was following the tradition of his father and grandfather, who were also hat makers.

Did BaMusa produce a good or a service?

A good.

What was the reason BaMusa produced hats?

He sold them; it was how he made his living.

Identify the human resource that produced the hats.

BaMusa's family.

Describe the type of goods BaMusa produced.

Wide brimmed "dibiri" hats, close-fitting "fugulan" caps.

Identify the natural resource used to produce the "dibiri" hats.

Rice stalks.

Explain why BaMusa spent many days producing hats for a festival.

At the festival, there would be more consumers to purchase hats. This should increase the demand for hats.

Author: Baba Wague Diakite
Published: 1999
Reading Level: 4.1
Grade Level: PreK-3
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Scholastic