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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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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)
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
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  ccsdss | Feb 23, 2016 |
"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 |
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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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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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