Fifo The Bear

April 26, 2011

Inspired by Savannah – Review

Filed under: Book Reviews — hayley @ 5:21 pm

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

Filed under: Book Reviews — hayley @ 4:11 pm

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 18, 2011

Mom’s Choice Awards Honors Fifo “50 States”

 The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named Fifo “50 States” from Inkwell Productions among the best in family-friendly products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and other for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, and librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, and others. A sampling of panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein and The Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place(TM) TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

The end result of the evaluation process is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products, and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Fifo “50 states” is a colorful reference-like book, where Fifo discovers the wonders each state has to offer. He learns along the way each state’s capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless!

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April 14, 2011

Bluerose’s Heart – Review

Bluerose’s Heart‘s review

Apr 14, 11

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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April 12, 2011

Blog Talk Radio’s “Book and a Chat” – Interview

I had a fabulous half hour interview with “Book and a Chat” host, Barry Eva!  Take a listen:

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From Barry’s fabulous Blog:

Hayley Rose is my guest today has always been in entertainment, with her band “Crush Violet”, as an entertainment business manager and now as a successful author of children’s books, her latest being “Fifo 50 States

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. In 1994, after a family reunion, she was inspired to write a children’s book. Looking for a cute and catchy name for a main character, she kept hearing “first in, first out”. Hence, the name Fifo was born.

Hayley’s mother would often ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up, so Hayley decided to start her series of “Fifo” books with that very question… Fifo “When I Grow Up,”

Her second book in what I’m sure will become an extremely popular series is inspired by her own love of travel as “Fifo” the bear dreams of visiting all 50 states, in Fifo “50 States”.

Intended for children between 2 and 10, it is written in delightful rhyming format that I’m sure will appeal and perhaps educate those who read books to their children…

About Fifo “50 States”:

Fifo “50 States” is the second book in the Fifo series. In this delightful rhyming story, both educational and fun, Fifo dreams about visiting all 50 states. A colorful reference-like book, Fifo, discovers the wonders each state has to offer. Along the way he learns about each state’s capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless!

A third book about Fifo visitng England, the first stop in a possible world tour, plus two possible board games and a TV show, Fifo looks like he is a bear that is here to stay. Hayley’s singing background has also not been forgotten and she hopes one day soon hope to one day soon release an album of children’s songs.

So listen to an interesting and entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing “A Book and a Chat with Hayley Rose


Direct link to the show:
“A Book and a Chat with Hayley Rose”.

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April 11, 2011

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review

Today’s guest is here courtesy of Pump Up Your Book and features a title that is sure to please. Readers of all ages can revel in this little informative wonder while still enjoying some fabulous detailed artwork. Ready to read all about it? Here we go! Today’s book of choice and blog tour guest is….

Fifo “50 States”
by Hayley Rose
illustrated by Jessie B. Orlet

This is not your typical children’s storybook despite what the cover may say to you. Though it does read as easily as one and with much whimsy, in truth, it’s a non-fiction book for kids of all ages (yes, YOU too) that teaches readers all about the US of A from sea to shining sea in small, lyrical, and easily digested pages. Allow me to explain…

With every turn of the page we are taken on an adventure with Fifo the bear as our guide. (Nice to meet you Fifo! Lead us where you may…) We travel from state to state to state on a journey to discover all 50 wonders that make up this great country…without ever having left our living rooms. Each two page spread shares an informative piece of poetry where readers will learn about the state being explored. Facts shared include not merely the state name and capital as we were taught in school, but also the state’s bird, tree, and location. Further more, if we look outside the box (so to speak), we learn the state’s motto…something not many people know about their own home state let alone others.

As if all this imparting of information wasn’t enough, the illustrator steps in and affords you another opportunity to learn even more about the state of which you are reading. The right hand page offers smile inducing pictures of Fifo traveling the country and showing us just what each state is known for….beyond the text. The visual representation makes its mark in the details so taking your time and reviewing the picture at length is perfectly acceptable. Take for example, my original home state, Pennsylvania. The picture has the state bird (the Ruffed Grouse) holding a few Hershey Kisses and a chocolate bar while our shadow scared friend Phil stands nearby. Or looking at my current home state, Florida…we have Fifo wrestling an alligator while the Sabal Palms sway in the breeze. Even though I can’t see your face, I bet you’re smiling right about now, even without the visual… ^_^

In summary, a wonderful book that is perfect for the whole family as not only a reading adventure, but a learning experience…even perhaps an impromptu reference guide of sorts. The author and illustrator work hand in hand to get the pertinent information across in such a fun way, you won’t even realize how much you’ve learned until you reach book’s end. To further the experience, once you’ve finished reading (or before, depending on your preference) be sure to check out Fifo’s official website where you can learn more about Fifo “50 States” as well as their other fine titles, find out more information on the author, learn a bit about the illustrator, and complete some fun activities including coloring pages and word jumbles!

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April 6, 2011

Ohio Girl Talks – Review


Fifo “50 States”

Like all the children’s books I get to review the most important part to me is that my daughters like it too. The second I opened this book both my girls LOVED it …I mean loved it…My 2 year old loved the Teddy bear lol… My 5 year old loved the little poems that go with each state. I actually later on caught my 5 year old singing and could not figure out what she was singing at first then it hit me she was singing the Poem from OHIO lol… She did not remember it all but it was so cute! Fifo 50 States is a great book for all ages . I am so glad I got to review this book it is very educational and fun for all ages. Thank You Hayley Rose for allowing me to review your amazing book. I rate this book a High 5!

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April 5, 2011

Book Dads – Review

Fifo “50 States“ 

I don’t know about other book bloggers out there, but sometimes my first impression of a book comes simply from me holding the book, looking at its cover and leafing through a few of its pages.A couple things impressed me right off the bat with Hayley Rose’s latest Fifo The Bear book, Fifo “50 States.” Before I even read the book, I loved the presentation of the book itself. The cover art of Fifo The Bear looking like the Statue of Liberty was adorable and eye-catching. The glossy illustrations and high quality paper in the book were beautiful as well, and the book just felt good to hold in your hands.

While my two-year-old daughter isn’t old enough to appreciate (or sit through a reading of) the great amount of information presented by Fifo on his tour of the 50 states, I can definitely appreciate the terrific learning opportunity a book like this presents for school-age children. Actually, let me clarify that statement. I learned a great deal myself by reading this book, as I’m only aware of a few state flower’s or motto’s.

All in all, Fifo “50 States” is simply a fun book for kids and parents alike, and for me, the illustrations stole the show. For example, I got the biggest kick out of seeing the illustration for my home state of Pennsylvania, complete with Fifo The Bear dressed up as the famous fictional boxer, Rocky Balboa!

Another nostalgic moment for me was New York. I spent many years living in and just outside New York City, and the illustration, complete with a dedication to the Twin Towers brought a tear to my eye. Now that I’ve spent my last nine years in Michigan, I also had a big grin at seeing the illustration of the Mackinac Bridge, as well as Fifo holding a brochure titled, “Visit the U.P.”

This book presents not only a great learning opportunity for children, but also an excellent way for parents to bond with their kids by sharing some of their memories of visits and times spent in our 50 states. I’m thrilled to have a copy of this book, and look forward to sharing this with my daughter when she gets a little older.

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