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Tops and Bottoms (1995)

by Janet Stevens

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Bear who was rich and harr family which were very poor The harr family was very hungry. Harr and bear work together. Bear takes the tops of the garden and harr takes the bottoms. The harr family works so hard to create this garden. Bear didnt like what his tops looked like so they switched tops and bottoms for the next season. But then the next season bear wants both tops and bottoms and harr got the middles. Bear was not happy and decided to plant his own crops. ( )
  Miriahharrison | Feb 27, 2017 |
Grade Level: Kindergarten through 3rd grade
This book is about a bear and a hare that became business partners. The hare used the bear's land to grow crops. Their business agreement was that bear could sleep while hare plants and tends to the crops and once the crops are done they will be divided by top and bottoms. Every time the bear asked for either the tops, the bottoms, or both, hare was able to plant a crop that only he would be able to receive the produce of.
I would use this book when teaching a lesson over vegetables and how they grow. The book simplistically explains which vegetable grow underground and on land. ( )
  clarionb | Nov 9, 2016 |
A wonderful tale with fantastic illustrations to match! This would be a great read aloud book with a good message about putting effort towards what one wants. ( )
  SydnieM | Oct 3, 2016 |
Tops and Bottoms is an excellent example when it comes to talking to students about how authors and illustrators use the pictures as part of the story. The pictures are laid out from top to bottom, rather than left to right.For this reason, this story is not only an entertaining one, but can be used as an excellent teaching tool.
  SarrahNowland | Oct 2, 2016 |
A great story about hard work, sleeping on the job and thinking outside the box. A family of rabbits outsmart a bear into "helping" them grow crops and the bear is left with nothing while the rabbits get everything. The bear thinks he has outsmarted the rabbits but is fooled again.
  R.edwards2 | Sep 30, 2016 |
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Once upon a time there lived a very lazy bear who had lots of money and lots of land.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152928510, Hardcover)

Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”--Booklist

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories)

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Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

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