When I Grow Up

Children - Preschool
38 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2012
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Author Biography

Hayley Rose is a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, dedicated to brining fun, educational and interactive books to kids.

Hayley has been entertaining and educating children across the country since 2002. Her range of educational, interactive concept books have earned over 50 national and international book awards and cover subjects ranging from manners and kindness, to math and geography, to music and emotions. School presentations include curriculum for teachers grades K-4th. Over the years Hayley has been invited to speak at book stores including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Bookmans, and for the last few years Hayley has been a featured author at the Children's Learning and Play Festival which garners crowds of 10,000 and up. Hayley was recently interviewed on the Author Learning Center alongside authors Stan Lee and R.L. Stine, and she had the honor of presenting keynote presentations for the Readers Favorite International Book Awards and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference among others. Hayley is an active member The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

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    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!