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Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite
Hayley Rose’s "Fifo: When I Grow Up" is a charming story about a bear, Fifo, who is six years old and a bit scared about his first day at school. To calm his fears his mother makes him his favorite breakfast and then engages him in a discussion about what he wants to be when he grows up. Fifo thinks he would like to be a doctor, a fireman, a pilot, or a policeman. Maybe he could be a teacher, or even the president! Fifo knows that whatever he chooses to be, he will do his best to be and his mother will be proud. His mother replies: “You have got a good mind. You have got a good heart. You are going to school, and that’s a good start.”
"Fifo" is written in rhyme with a mixture of perfect rhymes and half rhymes (said/then, law/car). I am not crazy about the half rhymes, but that is just me. Others may not be bothered by it at all. Fifo and his mother have a sweet connection and the message of “School is where we start our life journeys” is a good one. Children will delight in the bright and whimsical illustrations, and in Fifo’s playful pooch who makes a fun side-kick for Fifo’s imaginings. Fifo’s choices of what he wants to be when he grows up are fairly predictable, but will most likely resonate with little boys. A great book to get the conversation started with your own little ones: “When you grow up, what do you want to be?”