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Tops & Bottoms (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Janet Stevens

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Title:Tops & Bottoms
Authors:Janet Stevens
Info:Harcourt Children's Books (1995), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:CCSS Exemplar Text (Grades 2-3), Fiction, Caldecott Honor Book

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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 |
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 |
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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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