Fifo The Bear

December 16, 2011

Year of Jubilee Review

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Fifo ’50′ States – Hayley Rose

As part of our homeschooling this year I thought it would be fun to take a ‘tour’ of each state. We have utilized various resources to find facts, recipes and the history of each state. I have read numerous picture books to the kids of the various states. Fifo ’50′ States incorporates fun information into each of the states in kid friendly, rhythmic prose. Hayley Rose mentions the capital, state bird, flower and and tree for each state that Fifo visits.

The illustrations incorporate all of these facts and show Fifo on a grand adventure in each state. Kentucky for an example has Fifo riding a horse in the Kentucky Derby!

Fantastic reference book for homeschoolers and teachers. Add it to your library and suggest to your local public library to add Fifo ’50′ States to its offerings.

Many thanks to Hayley Rose for providing me with a review copy of this book. It has been well loved and treasured all ready.

Visit Fifo at his website and find some fun activities to go along with the book. While you are there check out Fifo’s first book “When I grow up”.

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December 2, 2011

Thank you Midwest Book Review!

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“Fifo ’50 States’” is a handy bear’s alphabetical travelogue featuring all 50 of the United States of America as toured by the bear, Fifo. Told in verse, illustrated in quirky color miniature travel posters, “Fifo ’50 States’” is the second book in this multi-award winning series. Designed to be memorable and enjoyable, “Fifo ’50 States’” packs lots of U.S. history and geography into 100+ pages of illustrated verse. Children age 4-10 will learn lots of fascinating things about all 50 states as they follow Fifo in his dreams of exploring the United States of America.

MBR: Children’s Bookwatch, December 2011

October 21, 2011

Librarians Love Fifo Too!

My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5

Fifo “50 States” is a whimsical picture book that introduces children to each state in the United States. The book was written by Hayley Rose and illustrated by Jessie B. Orlet. This book was published by Inkwell Productions in 2010. (ISBN: 9780981464824)

Are you looking for an enjoyable way to introduce the 50 states to your child? This book is written in rhyme and illustrated with delightful color pictures. Your child will love learning about the United States with Fifo.

About the Author
Hayley Rose grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In the early 1990′s she traveled the U.S. with her band Crush Violet. Along with writing children’s books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She is currently a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
Her first book, Fifo “When I Grow Up” was published in 2002.

50 States and a Ton of Fun!
Fifo “Fifty States” is a charming picture book in rhyme. It is also a wonderful learning tool for children. Each state is featured with a rhyme and a delightful color picture. There is an amazing amount of information presented in the text and the illustrations complement and add more interesting details to the text.

The book presents the following information about each of the 50 states;
The geographic section of the country that the state is located in ( North, South, East, West, Midwest).
The chronological order that the state entered the Union. (Ex. The 26th state)
The name of the state capitol.
The name of the state flower.
The name of the state tree.
The name of the state bird.
The state motto.
The illustrations add even more details about the states;

A small state map with a star to spotlight the capitol city.
The state flag.
A glimpse of the landscape and tourist attractions.
Some of the main products and occupations (corn, cherries, mining, farming, livestock, etc.)
Famous state events (Ex. Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico, Rodeos in Oklahoma, etc.)
Famous events in the state’s history.
The best thing about the illustrations is that Fifo is featured right in the middle of the page wearing a costume that is appropriate for the state that he is visiting!
I would like to share one page from the book so that you can feel the rhythm of the text and view one of the illustrations;

“Down in the south
lies the 28th state.
It is called Texas
and I hear it’s just great.
Austin is the capitol
and there are many things to see.
like the Bluebonnet flower
and the yummy Pecan tree.
The crazy little Mockingbird
lives in Texas too.
It’s a wonderful place to visit,
I’d like to go there, wouldn’t you?”

Children will love to travel the country with Fifo the Bear. This book will make learning fun and kids will be eager to read it over and over again.

My Thoughts
Fifo “50 States” is fun, fantastic and full of facts! Kids will love the rhythm and repetition of the text. This book offers many opportunities for parents and teachers to share the joy of traveling with Fifo. I was overwhelmed by the detail in the illustrations. Children will spend hours exploring and investigating the fact-filled pictures.
The beautiful thing about this book is that it is appropriate for children of all ages. Young children will delight in hearing their parent/teacher reading the text and looking at the colorful pictures of Fifo. Older children will find this book educational and intriguing. I think this book will give students just enough information to make them go searching for more. I highly recommend this book to children, parents and teachers. This book rocks!

Fifo “50 States” was recently selected from over 1000 entries to be included on the K.A.R.T Kids Book List for the 2011/2012 school year. The book has also won a “Mom’s Choice Award”, a “2011 Readers Favorite Book Award” and many other honors.

You can download Fifo coloring sheets and word games from Fifo’s Web Page. These resources will be very popular with young and old alike. Great fun for Fifo fans!

Fifo The Bear Books [Book Trailer]
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October 20, 2011

Have Fifo Visit Your School!

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October 19, 2011

The New Fifo “50 States” Book Trailer!

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July 10, 2011

Readers Favorite – Review



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Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose is an excellent tool for teaching children about the 50 states. Information pertaining to each state is included in a poem, as well as the state bird, flower and tree. This small book also teaches the state capital and the state number. The rhythm will help the child to learn the information. The illustration contains clues to something for which the state is well known. At the bottom of the page with the poem is the state motto.

I’ll use Kentucky as an example of the information offered for each state. Kentucky was the fifteenth state, and Frankfort is the capital. The state flower is goldenrod, and the state tree is the yellow poplar tree. The state bird is the red bird, also known as the Cardinal. The state motto is United We Stand and Divided We Fall. The illustration shows a horse because Kentucky is famous for fast horses. The illustration also shows the state bird. Tobacco and coal are the main crops. Daniel Boone National Forest is located in the eastern part of the state. The state is well known for Fort Knox where all the national gold reserves are hidden.

Hayley Rose offers teachers and parents a tool to utilize in making learning fun. I was excited when I received this book to review. Learning should be fun, and Rose has created an excellent way that children can relate to. We need more books of this caliber for our children. The amount of information stored in this small book is amazing. I shared Fifo with my grandson. Maddix loved the bear and the poetry held his attention. He asked me to read it again; that’s how I judge a book to be worthy of my shelves.


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April 26, 2011

Inspired by Savannah – Review

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5 stars out of 5

 What a great book, Fifo “50 States” is.  You follow a cute brown bear named Fifo as he travel from state to state learning about each state’s flower, bird, capital, tree and when it became a state.  This book is great for children who are beginning to learn about geography.  If they are having trouble remembering the state capitals or other facts about a given state, with the help of Hayley’s rhyming book, they will have fun learning about each of the 50 states.  I loved the illustrations in the book, as they seemed to capture all the important features of each state, including the actual drawing of how the state looks on the map and its abbreviation.  

I just can’t stop raving about this book and what an excellent teaching tool it is.  I remember when I was growing up and learning about geography and state facts they only had flash cards, which really weren’t fun to study and learn more.  But, now, with Fifo, “50 States,” your child will enjoy learning and want to share this book with their friends.  You will be surprised when they begin walking around the house and naming each state capital and sharing tidbits of information with you at the dining room table.  

And, this would make a great gift for children who love to pretend they are travels.  Or, if you are planning a cross country trip or trip down the coast this summer, why not pick up this book and prep your children with useful and fun facts about each state you will pass through.  You can make a game out of it.

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Booksnatchers – Review

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by 11-year-old Ladybug:

Hi, this is Ladybug. My sister, brother, and I just read an adventure state book with Fifo! We have learned a lot of things about most of the states like where our Great-Grandma lives in Arizona. We did not know that it was the 48th state and that the capital was Phoenix. So we read more about it.

After reading a few more pages, I myself felt smarter than ever! So I think, that when we travel this book just might come in handy to tell us which state has what wonderful things. Maybe our next family adventure will be to Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, or…New Jersey.

My little sister LittleOne liked finding things in the pictures as my brother and I switched back and forth reading. We read this book in the car on the way to school, at night before bed, and whenever we had the chance to read about one of the states. Since I am more into dogs than bears, I wish Fifo was a dog but oh well, the book was good and you should read it too.

Now where do you want to travel to?

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April 14, 2011

Bluerose’s Heart – Review

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Fifo “50 States”

status: Read in April, 2011

As a mom who hopes to homeschool, I’m thrilled to have Fifo “50 States” on our bookshelf!! There is just so much information in it, and there’s really something for all ages. I know it is mostly intended for ages 4-8, but I doubt most of us know all of the facts about each state. There’s a great deal that I don’t know, so it’s a great lesson for me, too.

Each state has its own two pages. On the left side is a poem that teaches the state’s number, capital, flower, tree, bird, and the state’s motto is at the bottom. The poem for each one is basically the same, except certain words are replaced for each state. You may or may not like this, but I loved that about it. I’m not a teacher, but it seems like it will make it easier to learn.
On the right page is a picture with all kinds of different highlights from that state, including the flag and a picture of the state. Of course, since each state has different things that make it stand out, all the pictures are very unique. I think it would be fun to let your child go on a “treasure hunt” in each picture and find all the different highlights of the state. For example, Pennsylvania has a groundhog and Hersheys kisses in its picture, along with lots of other items! This isn’t a book you would want to just read straight through.

The only somewhat complaint I have is that it is paperback. I would have preferred hardcover for this type of book, but I think it provides such a fun learning experience that I’d overlook the paperback part. :)

I just adored this book, and again, I’m so glad it is on our shelves. We will definitely make use of Fifo “50 States” when we start to study geography, whether we homeschool or not!

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April 13, 2011

Write for a Reader – Review

Fifo “50 States”

What a great way to share facts about the 50 states!  Fifo the Bear takes children on an alphabetical field trip through each state in the United States.  Each state is described, through poetry, with references to state flowers, mottos, capitals, etc.  In the border of the page is the name of the state as well as the motto.  The illustrations give even more information about each state.  They show the shape of the state, the state flag, and other pictures that are indicative of that particular state.

I can definitely see this book being used in the classroom.  Young children want to learn about the states, but there aren’t many books out there that are kid-friendly.  Hayley Rose has solved that problem along with her illustrator, Jessie Orlet.  Kids will love this book because of the rhyme and vivid pictures.  There is also a pattern to each page that young children can pick up on:  “It’s a wonderful place to visit, I’d like to go there, wouldn’t you?”  Even if they were unable to read all of the other words, they would catch on to the last lines quickly and be able to read along. 

There are so many facts loaded in the pages of the book, that it is a goldmine for the child traveler!  He or she, along with Fifo, will learn many things about the state they live in along with all the other states in the US.  Kudos to Hayley Rose and her book; it’s a winner!

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