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Tops & Bottoms (1995)

by Janet Stevens

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Such a fun and well-written story by Janet Stevens with a great lesson learned at the end! Bear learns that if he wants something, he needs to work hard to get it instead of letting someone else do all the work. Lots of great predicting that can happen in this book! Love the illustrations, as well.
  LindsayReeves | Jun 11, 2015 |
This book is fantasy. It is about a lazy bear that doesn't want to take care of his fields. He hires the rabbits to do it for them, as long as they give him half of the crop. They do give him half, but they ask him if he wants the top half, and he agrees. The thing is, the crops had leaves on the top, and the good part of the bottom. The rabbit tricked the bear, and so the bear insisted that the next time he would get the bottom. But the next time around the bottom was the bad part, and the top was the edible part. Yet again the rabbit had tricked the bear into taking the part he couldn't eat. Finally at the end, the bear requested that he d received both he bottom and the top part. So the rabbit agreed, but grew corn, so he got the middle, and the bear got the outer parts. ( )
  NatalieCJones | Apr 11, 2015 |
This book is about a lazy bear and a clever hare who make a deal to grow crops together, and the hair tricks the lazy bear. He plants crops and ends up tricking the bear to take all bad stuff while he gets the good stuff. I thought the book was fun and I think kids would really enjoy it. For an extension of this book you could discuss with the students what they would do different if they were the bear so they wouldn't get tricked.
  mikefletch | Feb 12, 2015 |
This is a worthwhile read in my opinion. It is about a Brown Bear, and a Hare, and all the plating and crop work they do. Brow Bear is very lazy, and Hare is sort of a trickster. However all in all this pushes readers to think of the subject of hard work, and how perseverance and never giving up will get you your end goal.

The writing this book repeats a lot, yet I don't think that is a disadvantage at all. I also liked how it teaches kids about taking turns, and getting rewarded for the work YOU particularly do. The illustrations matched the text, and the plot was clearly established. All in all, good read! ( )
  Skaide1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
The cover of the book shows a brown bear sleeping on a chair upside down with his head on the foot rest. We learn early in the book that the bear is very lazy. He has inherited most of his fortune and has not done anything to further himself.
The Hare family develops a plan that unfolds over three business transactions between the lazy bear and the clever hares. In each transaction, the hare tricks the bear by allowing him to pick the tops or bottoms. Once the bear picks, the hare plants the crop that benefits the hare. Top and Bottoms will help teach young children how different vegetables grow.
This book was fun to read and the con work by the hare was funny. It shows children the importance of attention to detail, hard work, and using your wits to overcome obstacles. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 26, 2014 |
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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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