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Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – March 29, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The book is drawn in a rather original format. Rather than holding the book with the spine horizontal, instead this tale can only be read with the spine completely vertical. Pictures are long here, rather than wide, and the result is an eclectic new way of telling a tale. It's enormously effective. In this story, a lazy bear owns most of the land. One day, Hare decides its time to buy some of his own land back. He strikes up a deal with the prematurely hibernating neighbor and the two become business partners. If Hare does all the work, Bear can chose the part of the crop he prefers. Either the tops or the bottoms. It soon becomes clear that Bear is no match for the sly hare. After all, when Bear chooses the tops, Hare plants carrots. When Bear understands his mistake he chooses bottoms and Hare plants lettuce and celery. And when Bear demands both the tops AND the bottoms, Hare plants corn and gets the middle. In the end, Bear learns the benefits of hard work (and staying on top of things) and Hare has enough money from the crops to own his own land again.Read more ›
My children love when I give each of the main characters (bear and rabbit) a different voice. The story is really about entrepreneurship, but the little ones only need to know the difference between a root vegetable and a leaf vegetable. Anyway, my kids cannot look at a corn field now without saying "Tops or Bottoms"? And that to me is the best compliment given to a book.
The Rabbit family will plant and harvest the crops on Bear's land. Rabbit will split the crops with Bear 50/50. All Bear has to do is decide which half - tops or bottoms - he wants.
Unfortunately, whether the crop is potatoes, lettuce, corn, or radishes, Bear keeps picking the "wrong half".
This is a hillarious story that kids of all ages will appreciate. For visual interest, the book is designed to flip from top to bottom (as opposed from left to right).
Janet Stevens' artwork alone is worth the cost of the book!
The rabbit family will plant and harvest crops on Mr. Bear's land and split the proceeds 50/50.
"Tops or bottoms," Mr. Rabbit asks.
Whether the crop is corn, potatoes, or lettuce - Mr. Bear just doesn't seem to "pick" the right half.
This is a great story - for everyone!!
Janet Stevens' illustrations tell a story all their own. Simply wonderful!
The book opens top to bottom (instead of left to right) to re-inforce the idea of "tops and bottoms".
I definitely reccomend this book - it's a true winner!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this story to teach my Kindergarten students sequencing, character analysis and inferences. The illustrations are wonderful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Lopez
This is one of the cutest stories you'll ever read about work ethic! Great book for kids!Published 2 months ago by memom
This is such a fun and funny book, and such a crafty bunny. One of my favorites of all time.Published 2 months ago by Sailor boy
This is a great book to teach diligence. I read it to my kids when they were little, now I bought it for my classroom. Came in great condition.Published 2 months ago by Mojo
Love this book about different types of plants all while teaching a lesson, too.Published 2 months ago by kaman143
This is an excellent book. However the product I received was inferior. The book's pages were poorly printed and the cd was blank. Email noting poor quality was not answered. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lorna kautz
We used this book as a springboard for education about Michigan's vegetable farmers at our corn maze last year. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MI Farmerette