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Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens

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
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Tags:CCSS Exemplar Text (Grades 2-3), Fiction, Caldecott Honor Book

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Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (1995)




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I liked this book because it was funny and had amazing illustrations. The story is about a hare and a bear working as business partners, except the hare always tricks the bare into getting the worse end of the deal. The bear finally has enough and decides not to be business partners anymore. This book has a lot of repetitive language which is beneficial for emerging readers. It allows them to say the lines with the book from memory, which boosts their confidence when learning how to read. ( )
  sconne7 | Nov 2, 2014 |
I really liked this book. I loved the story line, the illustrations and the creativity used to design the layout of the book, so basically everything in this book, I loved. The book starts off going vertically (up and down) instead of side to side. I really loved this aspect of the book. This gets the readers engaged in the book I believe. They have to turn the pages of the book and turn the direction that the book is read in. This really helps the child learn how to first read a book and which direction to read it in.

The illustrations in the book are very colorful and bright which really grabs the readers attention when reading the book. It also paints a very vivid picture about the events of the story. This made it easier to understand what was happening in the book. Personally I believe that the pictures in the book make the story and that the words aren't really needed. That is how good I think the illustrations are.

I also really liked the message in this story which is to not be lazy because then you miss out on different opportunities. The bear in the book was lazy and because of that he didn't get what he wanted. This book is good to teach young readers to not be lazy and to go after what they want in life. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone. It is that terrific. ( )
  sreinh2 | Nov 2, 2014 |
Tops and Bottoms is an excellent book for a variety of reasons. It is a very silly book that children will be very engaged with. When read to, the descriptive language and writing is engrossing, and children will be excited to point out all of the ways that the rabbit is "tricking" the bear with the harvest. The characters are great. With the bear being not as savvy as the rabbit, children will love wanting to "help" the bear out, or they'll love how tricky the rabbit is. Janet Stevens does a great job of illustrating the book with a detailed but pleasing style that helps the story along for those that take in information visually. Overall, this is a great book extolling the virtues of hard work that I would be excited to add to my collection. ( )
  jmitra1 | Sep 23, 2014 |
Tops and Bottoms
Bryan O’Keeffe

I really loved reading this book. Tops and Bottoms had everything a good child’s book needs. I think the best thing about the book were the illustrations. They were drawn really well and accompanied the story almost perfectly. Any little child would love looking at the illustrations while reading this book. The plot was done really well. There were several conflicts throughout the story which kept the reader invested. Every harvest time the Rabbit would trick the Bear into getting the wrong part of the vegetable. The Bear thought he was clever enough to trick the Rabbit into giving him the good part next harvest. However every harvest the rabbit planted a vegetable that had the good part on the opposite of what Bear had picked. The struggle between the two was very comical which made the book very entertaining.
The book was from a third person point of view told by a narrator. I think this was appropriate for the story because the story was more believable that way. Rather than having either the Rabbit or the Bear tell the story. I thought that the message of the story was done really well and extremely obvious throughout; only hard work can pay off. ( )
  bokeef2 | Sep 22, 2014 |
Love this book. First, it has the lesson of hard work pays off. Children have to think about what part of each vegetable is the "good" part. This is a perfect opportunity to teach about gardening, and nutrition. Why not bring in some of the vegetables highlighted in the story for the children to handle and even taste? I liked how the family all worked together. The illustrations are beautiful. Something that makes this book distinctive is that it opens top to bottom! :) ( )
  barbarapatt | Aug 25, 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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