Fifo 50 States


Children - Educational
106 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2011
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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.

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 Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

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.

Laura L.

What a fabulous idea! A reference picture book for kids written in rhyme. My kids ages 5 and 9 just love Fifo, the cuddly brown bear. I was introduced to Fifo "50 States" from a reviewer's blog and decided to give it a read as I am always looking for good educational books. And this one did not disappoint!

Fifo "50 States" is full of interesting tidbits about each state. In the rhyme, Fifo tells us about each state's capital, bird, tree, flower, motto, the order the state was inducted into the union, and its location, i.e. North, South, Midwest, etc. The picture that goes along with each rhyme has the state bird, tree, flower, shape of the state, abbreviation and other interesting items associated with that state. My kids were learning without really realizing it and I love that.

The book cover is also educational. Fifo stands dressed as the Statue of Liberty over the shape of the United States. Even the title is in the country's colors of red white and blue. Being over 100 pages, It's quite a thick, soft cover book but this made it easy to fit into their backpacks as the little one likes to take it with her everywhere she goes.

I am sure when it comes time to learn about the 50 states in school, my kids will be way ahead of the game. I can't say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend it!

Alletta

I just love this book!  Bright colorful pages packed full of information about America.  Each state is featured separately on its own two page spread. The rhyming words mention the state’s capital, bird, tree, flower, etc., and at the bottom of the first page is the state motto.  The illustrations show  state’s capital, bird, tree, flower, etc., plus go one step further showing the shape of the state, the abbreviation, where the capital is located, the state flag, as well as things to see and do in each state.  It’s a great reference guide for the whole family.  I discover something new every time I pick up this book.  I highly recommend it.

Reba G.

My grandchildren just love this book. This is the second one I have bought and I highly recommend it. The book is very educational and fun. Written in rhyme makes it great to read with the little ones. We play a find the bird game in the illustrations and it's a big hit. My older granddaughter uses the book to look up the abbreviations when she sends out her thank you notes. It's a great, colorful reference tool that should be in every library, home and classroom.

Daddy Bookins

Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose is a perfect example of how to make learning fun and enjoyable! Join Fifo on a state by state adventure learning an array of interesting tidbits/facts that will have your child ahead of the game when it comes time for them to learn about the states. From the state capitals, to birds, to trees, flowers and more Fifo is a wonderful educational resource!