Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens, is a trickster tale that will capture the attention of young readers. Clever Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking Bear. Bear and Hare get involved in a gardening business where Hare’s tricks and hard work allow him to reap all the vegetable profits, while Lazy Bear sleeps through every planting season and doesn’t make any profits. Students will learn the value of hard work and doing things for yourself!
Tops and Bottoms Book Character Map | Tops and Bottoms Book by Janet Stevens
Physical Appearance: •adult hare
Evidence: "Although Hare was clever, he sometimes got into trouble. He had once owned land, too, but now he had nothing. He had lost a risky bet with a tortoise and had sold all of his to Bear to pay off the debt. Hare and his family were in very bad shape."
Character Traits: •clever •poor •hard worker •tricky •gets himself into trouble