Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Tops & Bottoms (1995)

by Janet Stevens

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,1781006,841 (4.34)6



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 6 mentions

English (99)  Korean (1)  All languages (100)
Showing 1-5 of 99 (next | show all)
"Tops and Bottoms" is a humorous story I think kids will get a good laugh out of. For starters, I loved how you had to turn the book sideways and then flip the pages from bottom to top. I thought that was clever since the book is titled "Tops and Bottoms." The story is about a lazy bear who doesn't want to do anything except sleep. He is rich and owns lots of land, but doesn't do any work. Hare and his family are struggling for food and money so they come up with a clever idea. They work out different deals with bear to where they're left with vegetables and bear is basically left with nothing. By the end of the story, Hare and his family are able to pay for land for themselves and open a vegetable stand and bear learns the meaning of hard-work and starts harvesting his own vegetables. I think kids will love this story and learn the true meaning of hard-work. Being lazy won't get you anything in life; you need to work hard for what you want and you will be successful. I loved the illustrations in this book because they were very simple, detailed, and colorful. I had never read this book before, but I would love to have a copy in my future classroom. ( )
  lcrosby | Feb 13, 2016 |
Summary: Bear is lazy and does not want to do anything but sleep. Hare and is family are neighbors with Bear and make a sneaky business deal so they can feed their family. Bear lets Hare plant crops on his land as long as he can sleep as Hare takes care of it. Hare agrees and says they will split the crop equally by tops and bottoms. Hare tricks Bear as he picks tops and Hare plants carrots. Bear sees what Hare did and tells him he wants bottoms next time. Once again Bear is tricked when Hare plants broccoli and lettuce. Hare's trickery continues to work on Bear until he cannot take it anymore. Bear learns his lesson and decides it is time for him to not sleep all day everyday and work for his benefit. ( )
  mloya | Jan 22, 2016 |
Funny tale about a rabbit who outsmarts a lazy bear to help his rabbit family. The lesson of the story is that you should always put in some hard work and you will be reward. If you are lazy, you may get nothing.
  Mollie21 | Dec 6, 2015 |
Lazy bear is continually tricked by clever hare who creates a business opportunity for the two. Hare promises to do all the work and bear just has to offer his land. In exchange he gets either tops or bottoms of the plants grown. Bear just can't seem to get it right though. ( )
  JenHopkins | Nov 24, 2015 |
4 1/2 - this story was recommended by a friend. Excellent recommendation. We enjoyed the story and the illustrations. This book allows for predicting the outcome of the situation. Always a fun way to involve the child in the story. The author is Colorado based as a bonus. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 99 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Once upon a time there lived a very lazy bear who had lots of money and lots of land.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

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)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:29 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

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

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
53 wanted1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.34)
2 5
2.5 1
3 12
3.5 1
4 37
4.5 9
5 64

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 103,274,097 books! | Top bar: Always visible