Tops and Bottoms


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With roots in European folktales and American slave stories, this tale celebrates the trickster tradition of overcoming hardship by using one's wits. An exciting vertical format takes this funny story to its most entertaining extreme.

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Aug 12, 2010

tops and bottoms

Good story for teaching children about which plants we eat from the top of the ground and which ones have the food part that we eat, under the ground. A lesson in working to get what we want and paying attention to what people are telling us. Sometimes what we hear is only part of the story.


Apr 3, 2007

Colorful and Clever

Bear is lazy. Rabbit is clever. But they strike a deal that will entertain young listeners. Rabbit will plant a garden on Bear's land, and Bear can choose - tops or bottoms - of the vegetables, that is!. Poor bear is fooled, every time. Whether he chooses tops or bottoms he always looses! This picture book has full page spreads of delightfully, colorful illustrations of vegetables, both tops and bottoms, growing in the gardens that the rabbit family tend. The author / illustrator Janet Stevens has woven a clever story that will have youngsters giggling to the very end.

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