Mr. Rabbit, sore from his loss in that race with Mr. Turtle, is a bit down on his luck. So, he strikes a bargain with Mr. Bear. 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!!