Fifo The Bear

October 21, 2011

Librarians Love Fifo Too!

http://janettefuller.blogspot.com/2011/10/book-review-fifo-50-states.html

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]
If you would like to learn more about the Fifo the Bear books, please click HERE to view the book trailer.

You can check out all of Janette Fuller’s reviews and more at: www.janettefuller.com

Thanks for stopping by!

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

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

A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews – Guest Blog Post

Check out my guest blog post on  “Why Your Blog is Important for Book Promotion

 
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Hayley

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

March 11, 2011

One Day at a Time/Creating Childhood Memories – Review

Another fabulous review from Canada!

http://bookreviewsandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2011/03/fifo-50-states-by-hayley-rose.html

Fifo “50 States” is an extremely informative book for all ages.  Fifo the bear takes the reader on a journey through the United States explaining a little about each state as he travels along.  While the book is geared towards the younger generation, unless you know everything there is to know about each individual state, then I’m positive you will find something in this delightful book.

The book lists each state in alphabetical order and with rhyming prose Fifo teaches you the state’s capital, it’s flower, national tree, bird as well as, the numerical listing of each state as they joined the constitution.  The pages are wonderfully illustrated with other facts drawn throughout, things like what a state is “famous” for, the export of the states industries and much more.  Did you know that Kentucky was the 15th state??  South Dakota’s national tree is the Black Hills Spruce or how the Mockingbird is Tennessee’s state bird??  With so many interesting tidbits to share and explore, the children will enjoy talking about the things they find throughout the pages

This is a very interesting book that my children quite enjoyed, we are Canadians and we learned so much from it.  I would suggest home-school families pick a copy of this up and add it to their reference shelves, as well, school/public libraries would also benefit.  I would love to see Fifo take us around the world, or to other countries and teach us more about the things we don’t know and should.  My children thank you Fifo for being such a wonderful tour guide, we look forward to more of your adventures.

You can visit this fabulous blog at: 

http://bookreviewsandotherstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by.

Best,

Hayley

Amazon.com – New Review

There’s a new 5 star review up at Amazon.com today!  

http://www.amazon.com/Fifo-50-States-Hayley-Rose/dp/0981464823/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299803892&sr=8-1

My son is 6 and he loves this book! When we first got it, he read it out loud to me over two nights (he’s a very good reader for his age). He loved the poetic writing style and then he spent time on each page looking at the pictures. It’s great when a book that is so educational can draw a child’s interest for such a long time. A few nights ago, he was looking on Google Earth on our computer. Then the next morning, I noticed that he had the “Fifo 50 States” book open to the North Carolina page, so he must have been curious to see the places that he was reading about. I would definitely recommend this book for any child who wants to learn more about America and also to elementary school teachers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Best,

Hayley

March 10, 2011

Pump Up Your Book – Interview

Come and check out today’s interview with Pump Up Your Book!  Great questions, fabulous photos, it’s my most personal interview of the tour. 

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/03/09/pump-up-your-book-chats-with-childrens-book-author-hayley-rose/

Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!

Best,

Hayley

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