Fifo The Bear

March 21, 2011

Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Cafe Of Dreams

Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

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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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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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  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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March 11, 2011

One Day at a Time/Creating Childhood Memories – Review

Another fabulous review from Canada!

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.

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Hayley – New Review

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

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.

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March 2, 2011

The Examiner – Interview

Day 2 of the tour- Interview at

Q&A with children’s book author Hayley Rose

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February 12, 2011


 Hello Friends,

Please join us as we tour the world on our virtual tour!

Tuesday, March 1
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, March 2
Interviewed at Virginia Beach Publishing Examiner

Thursday, March 3
Book reviewed by Book Reviews by Molly

Friday, March 4
Book reviewed at Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

***Friday, March 4 – 1:00-2:00 – Live at Sundance Elementary School:  Peoria, AZ

*** Saturday, March 5,  – 11:00-4:00 -Live at the 2011 Authors  Expo: Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North, 10220 North Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051

 Monday, March 7
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, March 8
Book review at My Book Retreat

Wednesday, March 9
Book reviewed at Mundie Kids

Thursday, March 10
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, March 11
Book Reviewed at Creating Childhood Memories

Monday, March 14
Book reviewed at A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews

Tuesday, March 15
Guest blogging and book giveaway at A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews 

Wednesday, March 16
Book reviewed at Finding Our Way Home

Thursday, March 17
Interviewed at The Kid’s Book Connection

Friday, March 18
Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Monday, March 21
Book reviewed at Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Tuesday, March 22
Book reviewed at Mommie’s Point of View

Wednesday, March 23
Book reviewed at Hott Books

Thursday, March 24
Book reviewed at A Mom After God’s Own Heart

Friday, March 25

Stay tuned for April 2011 dates!


Hayley & Fifo

June 6, 2008

Fifo Visits Vermont

Dear Friends,

I have just returned from a fabulous trip to New England.  One of my favorite places during my week long trip was Waterbury, Vermont.  While in Waterbury, I was able to enjoy my favorite ice-cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, during a fun and informative trip to the Ben and Jerry’s factory outlet.  I learned how the ice-cream was made from cow to store, and everything in between.

After the tour, ice-cream tasting and trip to the company store, it was time for fun and games on the grounds.  First, a photo op with my beloved ice-cream…


and then off to the ice-cream graveyard to pay my respects to all the interesting flavors that have come and gone.


Full from the ice-cream, it was time to wash it all down with a cool and refreshing drink, so off to the Cider Press Mill I went.  Known for their wonderful apple cider and apple cider donuts, I just had to check it out.  They were right, It was the best tasting cider I had ever had.  Fresh and sweet, a very tasty treat.


Needless to say, when visiting Waterbury, Vermont, come hungry!

Stay tuned, more to come on my exciting trip to New England.

Fifo x

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