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Tops and Bottoms PDF, ePub eBook A lazy goblin and an industrious farmer match wits in this rollicking adaptation of a Northamptonshire folk tale.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    A clever and hard-working farmer manages to outwit a goblin in this folktale from England's Northamptonshire, splitting his crop with his opponent three times, and managing to come out with the better part of the bargain in each case. The drama begins when the farmer, never having understood why his west field had to law fallow - a custom inherited from his father - decides to cultivate it, and is immediately confronted by the goblin, who demands his crop. Convincing his adversary to take half o A clever and hard-working farmer manages to outwit a goblin in this folktale from England's Northamptonshire, splitting his crop with his opponent three times, and managing to come out with the better part of the bargain in each case. The drama begins when the farmer, never having understood why his west field had to law fallow - a custom inherited from his father - decides to cultivate it, and is immediately confronted by the goblin, who demands his crop. Convincing his adversary to take half of the crop (but to allow him to do all the work), the farmer plants corn when the goblin demands the bottoms, and carrots when he chooses the tops. But when, having grown tired of being bested, the goblin instead divides the field itself into two halves, and states that whoever finishes harvesting their share of the crop first will get everything, it looks like the farmer's luck has run out. Or has it...? This tale type, in which a farmer tricks some sort of supernatural opponent - a goblin, a devil, a troll - in a game of choice, can be found in many traditions the world over. It is tale type 1030, "Man and Ogre Share the Harvest," in the Aarne-Thompson folklore classification system, and is similar to the Brothers Grimm tale, Der Bauer und der Teufel ("The Peasant and the Devil"), amongst others. This picture-book presentation of the English variant of the story, published in 1970, is engaging, and the artwork (watercolor, I think?) appealing, in a vintage way. I do wish that Conger had given some indication of her source material, as the only indication that this tale comes from Northamptonshire, is to be found in the dust-jacket blurb. Leaving that issue aside, Tops and Bottoms is an engaging little book, one I would recommend to young folktale lovers, and to fans of illustrator Imero Gobbato.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    A farmer decides to go against family tradition and plant crops in his West field, despite being warned against it by his father. The farmer finds that a terrible goblin waits in the West field to steal whatever crop is planted there. So the Farmer comes up with a plan, over three planting seasons, to trick the goblin and send him away for good. This folk tale is one of my favorites because it exemplifies the benefits of being smart. The farmer uses his wit to defeat the goblin’s greed, and prov A farmer decides to go against family tradition and plant crops in his West field, despite being warned against it by his father. The farmer finds that a terrible goblin waits in the West field to steal whatever crop is planted there. So the Farmer comes up with a plan, over three planting seasons, to trick the goblin and send him away for good. This folk tale is one of my favorites because it exemplifies the benefits of being smart. The farmer uses his wit to defeat the goblin’s greed, and proves that an attitude of “that’s how we’ve always done things” can certainly be overcome. The reading level of this book is grades 2-3. It could be used in conjunction with The Daily Five – where students sit knee-to-knee and read one story together. This book could also be used in conjunction with a unit on farming; it would be a fun introduction to the idea that some plants yield a harvest above ground, while with others we harvest the roots.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cambridge College

    Pre-K - 2 Vegetables - above ground/ below ground - bear and rabbit

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fariba Aadelvand

    This story was very cute and an interesting way to involve the tortoise and the hare. Good for teaching about vegetables or harvesting." One should not let someone do your own work; be active."

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    Aalyiah

    it is a awesome book i would recamend it to my friend kelsey

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