Monday, April 25, 2011

Virtual Book Tour: Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose


In this delightful rhyming story, Fifo, a warm and loveable brown bear, is bitten by the travel bug. Fifo dreams of digging 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 exiting place!

Fifo’s second book is full of adventure.  A colorful reference-like 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.

“Explore, the possibilities are endless!”

Autographed copies can be ordered from and come with tattoos and bookmarks!

My Review:

5 stars out of 5

What a great book, Fifo "50 States" is.  You follow a cure brown bear names Fifo as he travel from state to state learning about each states flower, bird, capital, tree and when it became a state.  This book is great for children who are beginning to learn about geography.  If they are having trouble remembering the state capitals or other facts about a given state, with the help of Hayley rhyming book, they will have fun learning about each of the 50 states.  I loved the illustrations in the book, as they seemed to capture all the important features of each state, including the actual drawing of how the state looks on the map and its abbreviation.  

I jut can't stop raving about this book and what an excellent teaching tool it is.  I remember when I was growing up and learning about geography and state facts they only had flash cards, which really weren't fun to study and learn more.  But, now, with Fifo, "50 States," your child will enjoy learning and want to share this book with their friends.  You will be surprised when they begin walking around the house and naming each state capital and sharing tidbits of information with you at the dining room table.  

And, this would make a great gift for children who love to pretend they are travels.  Or, if you are planning a cross country trip or trip down the coast this summer, why not pick up this book and prep your children with useful and fun facts about each state you will pass through.  You can make a game out of it.

About the 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 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.  She is a currently member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the author in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much for the fabulous review. I am glad you enjoyed the book!


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