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Tops and Bottoms

Written and illustrated by Janet Stevens
Published by Harcourt Brace
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What's Tops and Bottoms About

Publisher Summary

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)

What Kind of Book is Tops and Bottoms

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl
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5.5

There’s definitely some nostalgia here for me, but I absolutely love this book! It has its own folksy feel from the original tales, emphasized and added to by the rich illustrations (this is a Caldecott winner after all!) while still being relevant and modern. Is anyone else loving Father Hare’s sweet carrot shirt?! While I don’t necessarily condone Father Hare’s wily business practices, in the spirit of a true folk tale the deserving are fed and the not so deserving learn a lesson… this time about doing your own hard work.

The Goodfather
Husband. Father. Children's Book Critic Extraordinaire:)
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5.0

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Who Wrote Tops and Bottoms

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0152928510
ISBN 13:
9780152928513
Publication Date:
January 1, 1995