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]
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October 19, 2011
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!
April 18, 2011
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
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April 14, 2011
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
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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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