When I Grow Up

Children - Preschool
38 Pages
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Author Biography

Multi-award-winning 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. 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. Her first book, Fifo “When I Grow Up” was published in 2002. Her love of travel inspired her second book in the Fifo series, Fifo “50 States”, published in 2010, a Readers Favorite award winner.

Along with writing children’s books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She has worked on many “A list” tours including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Candlebox just to name a few. Hayley hopes to one day soon release an album of children’s songs. She is a currently member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.

    Book Review

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?”

Reba G.

My child loved the book so much that she continuously comes up with new things she wants to be when she grows up. She is in the first grade and a beginning reader, so she is able to read the book by herself (which makes her quite proud.) Fifo is such a cute bear. This book is one of our favorites.

Daddy Bookins

I remember being asked this question when I was a child. How it changed each and every year. Fifo asks us the same question and affirms to children to aspire to be whatever they so choose. It would be the perfect book to read to your Kinder!