Fifo The Bear

November 3, 2011

USA Book News Names Fifo “50 States” as Finalist, Twice, in The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards!

 
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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July 10, 2011

Readers Favorite – Review

 

 

By Readers Favorite “Book Reviews and Award Contest” (Hawesville, KY USA)
(VINE VOICE)   

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Recipient-Dragonfly-National-Excellence-Finalist/dp/0981464823/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310073384&sr=1-1

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Hayley

July 4, 2011

We’re Giving Away Books!

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!

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Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose

Fifo “50 States”

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

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Fifo by Hayley Rose

Fifo

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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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!

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit www.MomsChoiceAwards.com

Stay tuned for more details!

Best,

Hayley

April 14, 2011

Bluerose’s Heart – Review

http://bluerosesheart.blogspot.com/2011/04/fifo-50-states-by-hayley-rose.html

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!

You can visit this fabulous blog at: 

http://bluerosesheart.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

April 13, 2011

Write for a Reader – Review

http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-tour-fifo-50-states.html

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!

You can visit this fabulous blog at: 

http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

April 11, 2011

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review

http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-tour-fifo-50-states-by-hayley-rose.html

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!

You can visit this fabulous blog at: 

http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

March 21, 2011

Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

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Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

http://www.cafeofdreamsbookreviews.com/2011/03/review-fifo-50-states-by-hayley-rose.html

An adorably fun and educational book, Fifo “50 States” should be a main staple to every child’s library.  Fifo the bear is a huggable, fun and the perfect tour guide who will introduce your child to all 50 States of the United States.  With delightfully rhyming text, each state has it’s very own poem, complete with vital information such as which numerical founding state it is, the capital, the flower, tree, bird and the location in retrospect to the entire United States, that state is.  On the opposite page, of the poem, is a colorful and hard-to-resist illustration depicting the poem, as well as showing the state’s flag and other great things that that particular state is known for.

Fifo “50 States” is in alphabetical order, which makes looking up particular states quick and easy.  Also with it’s catchy, rhyming text, these facts are easy to learn and memorize.  It is a proven fact that by providing a rhyme or rhythm to text, the brain is much more likely to register and remember what is being taught.  A tempo type of learning mixed with associative learning makes learning so much more fun and easier.  Fifo “50 States” is the perfect tool to teach children about the individual states and the importance they each hold to making the United States a whole.

Kids will adore Fifo and adults will delight in their children’s delight in learning.  This is truly a book that will continue to be treasured within our family.

Café of Dreams Book Review Policy and Ratings

All books will have a _/5 rating. This is how I rate:

5/5 – Excellent/New Favorite – A “5″ is a book that I feel readers of all genres will enjoy (this is given sparingly)

4/5 – Great/Loved it (Would recommend to everyone – particularly lovers of that book’s particular genre)

3/5 – Very good/Really liked it (Enjoyed overall, though there may be areas needing improvements – in my personal opinion)

2/5 – OK/Liked it somewhat (Didn’t hate it, though not something I would read again – needing several improvements – in my personal opinion)

1/5 – Just could not get into it/Struggled to finish

DNF – Did not finish for whatever reason (will be explained in review)

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Hayley

March 17, 2011

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection – Review

Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

I love books that educate while they entertain. This is certainly true of Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose.

In this fun, rhyming adventure, Fifo the Bear invites children to join him on his imaginary tour of the 50 states of America. From Alabama to Arkansas, from Georgia to Indiana, from Missouri to New Mexico, and beyond, readers learn capitals, state flowers, native birds, and  more.

The states are listed in alphabetical order, which I love, and the repetitive rhymes encourage memorization. Each state’s page also includes the state’s motto.  The charming illustrations by artist Jessie B. Orlet include each state flower, bird, and flag, but also other items the state is famous for, which creates an avenue for additional discussion.

I wish I had this book when my daughter was studying U.S. capitals earlier this year.

I highly recommend Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose. Learning should always be this much fun.

Rating:  5/5   Excellent book!  Run out right now and buy it!!!

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Hayley

March 16, 2011

Finding Our Way Home – Review

Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

Fifo “50 States” is the second Fifo the bear book by Hayley Rose.  Fifo is a cute bear that loves to explore and share all the places that he visits.  This rhyming story is a great way to get children interested in the facts about each of the 50 states.  Each state has it’s own page and Fifo talks about where the state is located and what number state it is, plus more(like what is mentioned above in the intro).  It has a great format so your child is likely to really start remembering these facts the more he/she reads the book.  All the pages are in alphabetical order by the state. 

Accompanying the written story are great illustrations by Jessie B. Orlet.   They show pictures of what the state is like along with the states flag and state landmarks.  They even show what each of the states shape/outline looks like on the map. I like how some of the states that are well known for their large cities like New York or Illinois have illustrations of both the city and the rural areas.  Orlet does a great job showing how Fifo is enjoying each state he visits.

I really like all the facts whether written or illustrated in the book.  I like the rhyming which I think makes the story fun and will draw the children to it even more.  I think this book would be great for young children who are learning about the states in elementary school.  I also think this would be a great book if you are planning a trip.  The children can use it to help learn about the state(s) they are visiting, or even help them to talk about the state(s) when they come back from their trip. 

For more information on this book or author Hayley Rose please visit http://www.fifothebear.com/  There you can purchase the book or even some products.  They have some great tees that would be cute if you are planning a trip.  You can also find some free coloring pages or word jubbles to print out.  Wouldn’t they be fun for a road trip?!  I think these will be great for when I go on a road trip in a month with the kids.  I think Zach will have fun checking out the book while we go through 6 different states and having some coloring pages to go along with it! 

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 http://kennedyandzach.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

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