The story is creative, the illustrations and format engaging, and I do see I am in the minority in finding something troublesome in the story.
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Needs another hat my city Done Polk is at Top to Bottom. Paul Alexander Martinez Jr. Our students really like this one. They've grasped the lesson that it isn't nice to trick people.
They're still working on the lesson that it's also not nice to make others do all the work and then expect to still reap the benefits. Apr 05, Melanie rated it really liked it.
This is one of those books that stands the test of time. I read it to my class when I first started out teaching at age 23 and now that I'm a library teacher I need to use it to teach students about the Caldecott medal. I have loved this book since I first read it, while I was in college, probably a year or two after it was published. At the time, the orientation of the book seemed quite unique and I loved and still love that the illustrations for the book were created on paper made from vegetables.
While I think the story is good, a fun trickster type tale, the illustrations are the best. Despite loving this book and having read it to my students , I had apparently never read it to my own childre June Despite loving this book and having read it to my students , I had apparently never read it to my own children until this past week.
They really loved how clever Hare was That would have been more kind and fair, they said. A few more thoughts I had as I read this again today. First, I was really struck by the beginning which said that Bear's father had been a hard worker and a smart business bear and had given all his wealth to his son.
But bear just wanted to sleep. I've spent most of my teaching career working with children in poverty 17 years but the past two years I have been at a school where many of the students come from privileged, even wealthy backgrounds and some certainly not all, not even most These children need to learn to work and be responsible..
Not entirely but at least some element of the poor deserving the riches He never once woke up to supervise or made any agreement about what would be grown or anything. Perhaps Hare even sort of learned his lesson now that he is working so hard although he clearly still makes agreements that border on bets. May 20, Marta Michniewicz rated it it was amazing Shelves: A hilarious book about a bear and a rabbit tangled in a farm business.
From the very first page, the story surprises the readers with the professional, business-related words and phrases, for instance "a smart business bear," which sound incredibly funny when used in relation to the typical fairy-tale characters, such as a bear, a rabbit, or even a tortoise. The layout of the book is really well-done. First of all, I liked the correspondence between the the vertical pattern of the book and its ti A hilarious book about a bear and a rabbit tangled in a farm business.
First of all, I liked the correspondence between the the vertical pattern of the book and its title. I also enjoyed the fact that the text is placed in bright frames which makes it easy to read. The only cases in which the text is not framed are the scenes of waking the bear up. These are also the only scenes when the pictures are framed, which highlights the recurrent nature of these situations and in a way distinguishes them from the rest of the plot.
As far as the illustrations are concerned, there is no negative space in the book and the pictures frequently reach beyond the boundaries of particular pages. Brown, sandy, yellow and beige are the dominating colours, that constitute a monolithic canva on which other colours, such as green, orange, red and white pop out.
All these colours can be associated with soil, farm, and crops-growing, which again constitutes a well-designed correspondence between the colour palette and the plot. Although the illustrations occured quite simple to me at the first sign, they surprised me with details afer a thorough examination. For instance, I really loved the carrot-print on the rabbit's T-shirt and the bee-print on the bear's scarf.
I also liked the distribution of particular characters on the pages that was a reflection of the plot: Oct 05, Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing Shelves: This tale is derived from European folktales and slave stories of the American South.
In it, the industrious but unscrupulous Hare is pitted against the profoundly lazy Bear. Hare proposes that he and his family work Bear's land some of which which had originally been his in exchange for half of the crops produced, and Bear may have first choice of whether he gets the tops or bottoms of the crops. Bear agrees, chooses tops, and goes to sleep on the porch of his falling-apart house while Hare p This tale is derived from European folktales and slave stories of the American South.
Bear agrees, chooses tops, and goes to sleep on the porch of his falling-apart house while Hare plants root vegetables. At harvest time, when he receives only inedible leaves, Bear chooses bottoms for the following year, then sleeps through Hare's planting of broccoli, tomatoes, and other surface-growing vegetables.
Roaring in fury at being tricked again, he demands a year of tops and bottoms -- and Hare obliges with a corn crop, leaving Bear the tassels and stalks but keeping the corn cobs in the middle. Trickster stories are moral tales, but not the kind in which a hero sets a good example. There is no hero in this story -- rather, the lazy bear provides an example of how not to act, since his laziness makes him vulnerable to being cheated.
He provides an excellent illustration for Proverbs From then on he farms his own land outside his well-maintained house , and never enters into another business deal with Hare. There aren't many funny books for children about the dangers of laziness, and this one is a keeper. The story is brilliantly illustrated with lively, detailed paintings that carry the story, and and rather than reading from left to right it opens vertically to be read from top to bottom.
This feature complements the story theme, but does take a little getting used to for reading aloud. May 16, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Rabbit proposes a partnership, with Bear where Hare's family will plant and harvest a crop while Bear sleeps. Their first agreement is to give Bear all the tops while the Hares keep the bottoms.
Lazy Bear then decides to stay up and work during planting and harvest season and keep all the profits, learning a lesson. Hare uses the money from the sale of the crops to buy back the land he'd sold to pay his bet with the Tortoise after their famous race. Steven's illustrations are gorgeous, using bright colors for the detailed paintings, which carry the humourous tale.
Themes include gardens, vegetables, laziness, the value of hard work, and cleverness. The book opens vertically so the two page speads are tall. It's a little diffferent to get used to holding the book for read alouds, but the funny, clever story is well worth it. For ages 6 to 10, garden, vegetable, work, humor, and trickster themes, and fans of the Hare and of Janet Stevens. Mar 19, Sandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: So do you like tops or bottoms better? Hare is smart but he has had some problems with his money and now his family is hungry.
So when Bear says tops, Hare plants crops that produce their vegetation under the ground. While Bear sleeps, Hare waters and weeds around the seeds and helps the plants grow. When they are grown, he tears the tops off and throws them in a pile for Bear So do you like tops or bottoms better? When they are grown, he tears the tops off and throws them in a pile for Bear and he takes the bottoms and puts them in a pile for himself.
Waking Bear up to see the crops, Bear is mad! Again, Bear sleeps and Hare works. Time passes and the crops grow. Hare harvests the crops and piles everything up into two piles and wakes up Bear. Bear is extremely mad now. The field is planted again and well, you need to read the story to see how Bear and Hare work out this planting season and whether they ever get to be friends again.
The story moves along quickly and the illustrations are lively and fun. I love the relationship between the characters and the storyline. Feb 04, Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it Shelves: Tops and Bottoms is a trickster tale wherein a clever hare repeatedly tricks a lazy bear into giving him the edible parts of his vegetables, whether they be tops, bottoms, or middles.
The orientation of the book is switched from portrait to landscape, so that each illustration effectively portrays a top and a bottom. It's a great treat for the reader to uncover subtle details like the hare's carrot shirt and the bear's honeybee tie, and to see the many little hares peeking out from behind piles Tops and Bottoms is a trickster tale wherein a clever hare repeatedly tricks a lazy bear into giving him the edible parts of his vegetables, whether they be tops, bottoms, or middles.
It's a great treat for the reader to uncover subtle details like the hare's carrot shirt and the bear's honeybee tie, and to see the many little hares peeking out from behind piles of vegetables. Stevens uses the orientation of each page to provide a unique perspective.
We look up on the porch where the bear sleeps from the point of view of the hares who deliver the vegetables to the bottom of the steps. She also draws the tops, bottoms, and middles in their correct place on the tall two-page spreads to reinforce the meanings of those words for the new reader. I love the accuracy of the details in the different vegetables, and the wonderful personalities infused into the bear and hare characters.
Nov 09, SamZ rated it really liked it Shelves: I absolutely LOVE the bear's face when he wakes up to find that, once again, Hare has gotten the best of him by taking the middles, leaving bear with the tassels and roots of the cornstalks. He looks so angry and frustrated! Having lost his land in an ill-conceived bet with a tortoise, Hare must come up with a way to feed his large family. He makes a deal with his neighbor, Bear, to cultivate and work the land and share a portion with the Bear.
Of cou Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: Of course, since the bear is lazy and doesn't want to do any work, Hare is easily able to trick Bear and get the best of the harvest - even while appearing to give Bear first pick!
This is a fun and amusing story, and I liked the way the illustrations were just whimsical enough to fit the tale. I was annoyed by the book being sideways, however, I guess it fits with the tale, but it just bugged me while reading it. Mar 07, Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thoroughly enjoy this humorous Afro-American folktale every time I read it.
Every growing season for three years, Rabbit thinks of a clever way to outsmart the lazy bear who doesn't want to grow his own crops, but is happy for Rabbit to do all the work. But each time, Rabbit manages to keep the best part of the crop. I have used this book with groups of children before, and they enjoy the tricks the Rabbit plays on the bear. The watercolor, colored pencil and gesso cartoon paintings are large I thoroughly enjoy this humorous Afro-American folktale every time I read it.
The watercolor, colored pencil and gesso cartoon paintings are large enough to be viewed by a group. Her bear and rabbit characters are funny and expressive. This is an excellent example of folklore for children. Jun 30, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: This book made me smile at the cleverness of the Hare.
Just when I thought that the bear had beaten him, he pulled another trick from his sleeve and was all the better. A most enjoyable book that has roots of education in it as well. Mar 31, Lauren Soucy rated it liked it.
This works as a read aloud. My students always enjoy it but I find it cumbersome to try to hold the book. It works better with older students because the language is more mature and plot it takes awhile to unfold. Jul 21, Betsy rated it it was amazing. More than anything, I like the format of this book. You read it long-ways if that makes any sense. It's also a nice twist on the traditional Little Red Hen folk-tale. Of course, Janet Steven's illustrations are incredible too.
Mar 05, Brindi Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: Great for this year's Dig into reading theme. Feb 19, Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing Shelves: Same story as The Best of the Bargain , which comes from Poland.
Feb 07, Shannon rated it really liked it Shelves: Fantastic page formatting -- our students say they think this book was the first instance of teambear vs. I think Bibi would have really liked it. Oct 08, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Summary This is a book that has animals acting like people. This story has a lazy bear who sleeps all day and has money from his father and a hare that lives down the road and needs food for his hungry kids. The hare proposes that they be business partners and they can split the profit from the hare working and the bear sleeping.
He asks the bear if he wants "tops or bottoms". The bear chooses "tops" and they make a deal and the hare family started to work very hard while the bear kept sleeping.
Hare and his family gets the "bottoms", and Bear gets the "tops". This does not seem like a fair trade. Bear learns to not sleep through the season of planting and harvesting as he wants to get his fair share.
Evaluation This book is talking about fairness. In the beginning, the hare makes a deal with the bear concerning his field, and the bear agrees thinking it was one that would benefit them both, and the crops would be "split the profit, right down the middle", but the hare knew that his share of the crops would be much more desirable.
By the end of the story, the bear catches on and decides that he should not "sleep the season of planting and harvesting". Teaching Idea I would use this book in a lesson on fairness and laziness. I would read this book and talk about what the effects of being lazy are, and I would talk about the effects of not being fair.
The hare knew what he was doing and took advantage of the sleeping bear.
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