Tops & Bottoms

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 29, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
48 Reviews
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

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Bear who was rich and harr family which were very poor The harr family was very hungry. Harr and bear work together. Bear takes the tops of the garden and harr takes the bottoms. The harr family works ... Read full review

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User Review  - NatalieCJones - LibraryThing

This book is fantasy. It is about a lazy bear that doesn't want to take care of his fields. He hires the rabbits to do it for them, as long as they give him half of the crop. They do give him half ... Read full review


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Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Tops & Bottoms, a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley. Janet Stevens lives in Colorado. For more information, visit

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