November 3, 2011
Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose, is selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Children’s Educational, and Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Non-Fiction categories of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards.
USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards on November 1, 2011. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print, e-books and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010 and 2011.
Keen, of USABookNews.com, says of the awards, now in their ninth year, “The 2011 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the USA ‘Best Books’ Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”
Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition. Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”
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October 21, 2011
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.
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]
If you would like to learn more about the Fifo the Bear books, please click HERE to view the book trailer.
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October 20, 2011
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July 10, 2011
By Readers Favorite “Book Reviews and Award Contest” (Hawesville, KY USA)
This review was taken off of Amazon.com:
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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July 4, 2011
Here’s your chance to win a copy of Fifo “When I Grow Up” and the new award-winning book, Fifo “50 States” from Goodreads.com. All winning copies come with bookmarks and tattoos. Good luck!
June 15, 2011
The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose, has won First Place in the Children’s Picture Books Six and Older, and Second Place in the Educational/Instructional categories.
“We want to help parents give their children only the best in reading excellence. Geared toward stories for children between the ages of four and 10, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are designed to bring families together with great children’s literature, and a Purple Dragonfly seal on a book’s cover lets parents choose new titles for their bookshelves with confidence,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category. Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”
Thank you Purple Dragonfly Awards!
June 12, 2011
May 19, 2011
The National Indie Excellence Awards® names Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose “Finalist” in Children’s Picture Books.
The National Indie Excellence Book Awards® contest is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.
“The judges for this competition are industry leaders that take their responsibility very seriously. We had the best pool of submissions ever and it was not easy because of the excellent books we received in every category this year. I am constantly thrilled at the outstanding work we’re seeing. Excellence is not easy to achieve and the book industry needs it more than ever…the NIEA salutes authors and publishers who make excellence a priority.” said Reid, president of the NIEA.
You can learn more about the National Indie Excellence Awards® at www.indieexcellence.com
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April 18, 2011
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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!
For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit www.MomsChoiceAwards.com
Stay tuned for more details!
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