Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Bunny and a Blog

Spring break is almost here, and I can hardly contain my excitement. I have one more day of teaching, and then I'll be home with my family for three glorious days. Yep, you read that right. We get three days, 1-2-3. That's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The rest of our Spring Break was taken away by a hurricane and a not-so-snowy snowstorm. But I'm choosing to look at the bright side. My daughter, Ashley, will be home from college for the weekend.  :)

Just in time for Easter and your spring gardening, I have a great book to share with you, Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens.  Tops and Bottoms is a funny tale about a lazy bear and a business-savvy hare. This is one clever bunny book!

I love this book for so many reasons.  The illustrations are beautiful and will capture your students' attention immediately. The book flips open from the bottom, which is an unexpected surprise that children love. This story also teaches a valuable lesson. 

Additionally, children will have many opportunities to practice using higher level thinking skills like determining importance and making inferences. This book is also a great launch for studying plants.  And finally, your students will giggle with delight as they catch-on to Hare's sneaky plan.

Speaking of Easter and Spring (and warmer weather please)...I'm linking up with Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge for a fabulous spring linky.  It's time to recognize my all-time favorite blog, Kristin's A Teeny Tiny Teacher. This one blog single-handedly makes me laugh, gives me inspiration, and keeps me anxiously awaiting the next post.  :)  

Here are a few reasons why I follow Kristin's blog...

  • She has great teaching ideas. Check out her TpT store.
  • She eats junk food (and is proud of it) just like me.
  • She blogs about The Bachelor.  I'm a Reality-TV junkie.
  • I'm sure if we met, we'd be BFFs :)
  • She is super funny.  Sometimes my sides hurt from reading her blog. I'm sure you've already found her.  But if not, go quickly and follow her blog.  :)

Link-up with Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge and show some bloggy love for your favorite blog.

Happy Spring!  Happy Days-Off-School!  Happy Easter!


  1. One of my students chose Tops and Bottoms for a theme project we are working on. It's the first time I read the book. It is adorable for all the reasons you mentioned. Dylan and I both loved it. ~Stacy @

    1. So glad you and Dylan enjoyed the book, Stacy! I'd love to hear about your theme project!

  2. I love using Tops and Bottoms when I talk about Cause and Effect with my kids.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

    1. Bethany,

      I use Tops and Bottoms for cause and effect, too. It's perfect for that! I also tie it to antonyms and synonyms in word work. This book has so many uses!

  3. I LOVE Tops and Bottoms! I plan to use it in my folktale unit.