In this delightful rhyming story, Fifo, a warm and loveable brown bear, is bitten by the travel bug. Fifo dreams of diging up diamonds in Arkansas, looking for fossils in Kansas, enjoying a delicious bowl of gumbo in Louisiana, and even seeing a Broadway show in New York. Yes, America is an exciting place! Fifo's second book is full of adventure. A colorful reference-like geography book, Fifo discovers the wonders each state has to offer. He learns along the way each state's capital, shape, flag, motto, and much, much more. The possibilities are endless! So, come along with Fifo and you'll soon discover the beauty of America one state to another. A positive experience for both Fifo and the reader. Learning should always be this much fun!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hayley Rose is a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, dedicated to bringing fun, educational and inspiring books to kids through her brand Books by Hayley Rose. Hayley's children's books have won numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Mom's Choice Awards®, KART Kids Book List Award®, Creative Child Magazine's Preferred Choice® and four Reader's Favorite International Book Awards®, an honor she shares alongside actor Jim Carrey and author Sheri Fink. In 2012 Hayley was selected as one of The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading, by the AuthorsShow.com. Before writing children's books, Hayley had been working in entertainment business management for over 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She has worked with many A list musicians 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.
Rating: 4/5 Stars - Jessica B.
This is a great book for children to read and learn about the United States. Each page follows the same rhyming pattern and structure, changing the information based on the state. It teaches children what number each state is, its capital, flower, tree, and bird. Between each state is an illustration that represents the previous state.
For an adult it can get very repetitive, but is a great resource for children in elementary school who are starting to learn geography. It introduces the material in a fun way that may help them to remember certain facts about each state. The illustrations are beautiful and innocent, and children will have a blast discovering all the details within each picture. It’s fun and lighthearted!
Would recommend for teachers and adults with young children.
4 out of 5 stars - Amy
The illustrations in this book are what really caught my eye. The pictures are vivid, whimsical, and so well detailed, with different scenes that capture the character of each state. The book itself is simple to read and features a repeating rhyme that acts as a container for the facts within. Even as an adult I learned something while reading, because I’m shamefully inept at remembering the state capitols. Along with the basic facts on each state, though, I would have loved to see something a little quirkier, like a “fun fact” for each state. I think this would have helped break up the repetition of the narrative, which at times felt a bit restrictive to me. Overall, though, I think this book is a great educational resource for schools, and I could certainly see it as a staple on the bookshelves of elementary-age children.
Rating: 3/5 - Ariel
Hayley Rose’s Fifo “50 States” attempts to teach children about the United States in a fun and simple way. I appreciate the style of the writing; the rhyme scheme is pleasant and creates a song-like rhythm that is easy to memorize and fun for kids. I also commend the educational value of the book. Not only does Rose identify the state capitals, but she also identifies the order in which the states joined the Union. This is a great book for kids that want to learn certain facts about each state and can serve as an introduction to American geography. However, I wish the book included more fun facts about the states. With each state, Rose describes the state bird, flower, and tree and identifies the capital. While these are interesting and important facts, there is more to each state than just those facts. The illustrations done by Jessie B. Orlet tell a different and more unique story for each state. For instance, Rose describes California as an amazing state with Sacramento as the capital and the California Valley Quail as the state bird. Orlet’s illustration, however, shows what makes California special with Fifo accepting an award in Hollywood with Yosemite in the background. This book would have been more effective if each state had their unique story told as reflected by the illustrations along with the facts. While this aspect slightly disappointed me, I would recommend this educational book for young kids.
4 out of 5 stars - Ally
Fifo “50 States” has everything you could want in a children’s book: colorful art, sing-songy text, and informational dialogue. The artistry of the book is truly delightful; each image is simplistic in style and yet full of cuddly characters and rich scenes. They capture the imagination and supplement the words nicely.
Fifo, himself, is a great character for children to follow. They come along as he travels all over the country and tells them about each place. There are key, easily remembered bits of information such as the capitals of the states, state flowers, and other small details. Each section is composed like a poem, with the first four lines almost identically matching that of the other states. It easily sets up the homey ambiance of any children’s novel.
I would highly recommend it as an introduction to different states for kids. It doesn’t tell a story so much as just bounce from state to state, so there definitely needs to be some interest in the subject matter.
My Review: 5/5 - MAddy
An adorable little book that would help familiarize children with the states, their mottos and some of their symbols in a poem format. The illustrations are colorful and full of movement, and I think young children would have just as much fun flipping through the book and learning the states visually as much as they would enjoy reading the poems.