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.”

For more information check out: http://www.usabooknews.com/

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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!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose

Fifo “50 States”

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifo by Hayley Rose

Fifo

by Hayley Rose

Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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 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:

Listen to internet radio with A Book and a Chat on Blog Talk Radio

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

Barry

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

More on Barry’s other interviews and fabulous blogs go to: http://abookandachat.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Best,

Hayley

April 5, 2011

Book Dads – Review

http://bookdads.com/book-review/book-review-fifo-50-states/

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.

You can visit this fabulous blog at: 

http://bookdads.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

April 4, 2011

Chrissy’s World of Books

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

Chrissy's World Of Books

Fifo “50 States”

Fifo is a little teddy bear that helps children learn about the 50 states by rhyming. This is a young children’s book but can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

I really enjoyed reading this book to my little girl and she sure loved the pictures. As I read her the rhymes about the 50 states I was able to point to the things in the picture that corresponded to the things in the rhyme.

This book makes it fun and easy to learn about each states capital, shape, flag, state birds, flower and much more.  I wish I had this fun little rhyming book when my other kids were growing up this might of made it much easier to learn about some of these state things and capitals early so they would know them when it came time to study them in school.

This is a wonderful learning and teaching tool for little children. I would have no problem recommending this book to all children.

I rate Fifo “50 States” 5 out of 5 stars

You can visit this fabulous blog at: http://www.chrissysworldofbooks.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

March 24, 2011

A Mom After God’s Own Heart – Book Review

http://therempels4.blogspot.com/2011/03/fifo-50-states-virtual-book-tour.html

Fifo “50 States”

This is an absolutely delightful book for children of all ages, but particularly four to ten year olds. Each of the 50 states are individually emphasized with beautiful, bright illustrations. The rhymes are so fun and very catchy. I found myself so amused and enjoyed the book as much as my children.

My four year old especially loved reading it, and in fact, we have read it multiple times, particularly the Texas pages. Her aunt and uncle live there, so it was very exciting for her to see that page. Each illustration includes whimsical drawings of State landmarks, flags, and more. This will make the perfect gift for children of all ages! This is an ideal book for any preschool, kindergarten and early elementary classroom or home school program. You can take Fifo 50 States and build a complete Unit Study or Lap Book based on a single State with very little difficulty. I used some of the Texas info and found some coloring sheets for my girls to use of the flag, and I plan to help my four year make a special gift for my sister using the book as reference!

Although my children love this book, and I feel it important that they know about the United States, especially with us here in Canada, I think this book is just a perfect gift idea for my soon to be born nephew in Texas!

 I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

Visit this fabulous blog at: http://therempels4.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

March 21, 2011

Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Cafe Of Dreams

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)

Be sure to sit down with a good cup of coffee and check out this fabulous blog at:   http://www.cafeofdreamsbookreviews.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

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!!!

Check out this fabulous site at: http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

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! 

Check out more on this fabulous blog at:

 http://kennedyandzach.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!

Hayley

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