Tops and Bottoms Summary

Updated: 2/12/2021
Tops and Bottoms Summary
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Tops and Bottoms Lesson Plans

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau

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

Storyboard Description

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Storyboard Text

  • "I'll do all the hard work of planting and harvesting, and we can split the profit right down the middle."
  • "But, Hare all the best parts are in your half!"
  • "You chose the tops, Bear."
  • Vegetables
  • Hare needs to find a way to feed his family. He decides to trick the lazy bear. He offers to grow all the crops and all Bear has to do is decide if he wants the top half of the crop or the bottom.
  • Hare tricks Bear many times. Bear chooses the top half for his profit so Hare grows root vegetables. Bear is left with the tops of all the root vegetables, basically a useless harvest.
  • Bear is fed up with getting tricked so he decides that he will grow his own plants so he can keep all the parts. Hare earned enough money to buy his land back and to open a vegetable stand.