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Fifo 50 States (Mom's Choice Award Recipient, 1st Place Purple Dragonfly Awards, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist) First Edition Edition

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Fifo 50 States is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award.

The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award.
--Mom's Choice Awards


The National Indie Excellence Awards has selected Fifo "50 States" as a finalist in Children's Picture Books. Excellence is not easy to achieve and the book industry needs it more than ever...the NIEA salutes authors and publishers who make excellence a priority.
--National Indie Excellence Awards

I highly recommend Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose.   Learning should always be this much fun.
--The Children's and Teen's Book Connection

The Readers Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest has awarded Fifo "50 States" by Hayley rose "Bronze" in the Children.
--Concept category. 



Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest

 The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children's literature, have spoken, and Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose has won First Place in the Children's Picture Books Six and Older, and Second Place in the Educational/Instructional categories. We want to help parents give their children only the best in reading excellence. Geared toward stories for children between the ages of four and 10, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are designed to bring families together with great children's literature, and a Purple Dragonfly seal on a book's cover lets parents choose new titles for their bookshelves with confidence," explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention even if it is the sole entry in a category. Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.
--Purple Dragonfly Awards

Fifo "50 States" is a handy bear's alphabetical travelogue featuring all 50 of the United States of America as toured by the bear, Fifo. Told in verse, illustrated in quirky color miniature travel posters, Fifo "50 States" is the second book in this multi-award winning series. Designed to be memorable and enjoyable, Fifo "50 States" packs lots of U.S. history and geography into 100+ pages of illustrated verse. Children age 4-10 will learn lots of fascinating things about all 50 states as they follow Fifo in his dreams of exploring the United States of America.
-- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

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 90'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. Her first book, Fifo When I Grow Up was published in 2002. Fifo "50 States" is the second in the Fifo series. 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, and hopes to one day soon release an album of children's songs. She is currently a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwell Productions; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981464823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981464824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,626,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great introduction for children to the history and geography of the 50 States of America! Written in rhyming chant form, each state is represented alphabetically, by the order in which it became a state as well as the bird, flower, tree, flag, shape of state, capitol, and a little of the “flavor” of each state. The illustrations are entertaining in themselves, all starring Fifo but including little bits of memorabilia as well. (I loved the touch of including the NYC twin towers “in memory”…) I wish I had had this book when my children were little, but I can still pass it on to my grands!!!
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Fifo "50 States" is an extremely informative book for all ages. Fifo the bear takes the reader on a journey through the United States explaining a little about each state as he travels along. While the book is geared towards the younger generation, unless you know everything there is to know about each individual state, then I'm positive you will find something in this delightful book.

The book lists each state in alphabetical order and with rhyming prose Fifo teaches you the state's capital, it's flower, national tree, bird as well as, the numerical listing of each state as they joined the constitution. The pages are wonderfully illustrated with other facts drawn throughout, things like what a state is "famous" for, the export of the states industries and much more. Did you know that Kentucky was the 15th state?? South Dakota's national tree is the Black Hills Spruce or how the Mockingbird is Tennessee's state bird?? With so many interesting tidbits to share and explore, the children will enjoy talking about the things they find throughout the pages.

This is a very interesting book that my children quite enjoyed, we are Canadians and we learned so much from it. I would suggest home-school families pick a copy of this up and add it to their reference shelves, as well, school/public libraries would also benefit. I would love to see Fifo take us around the world, or to other countries and teach us more about the things we don't know and should. My children thank you Fifo for being such a wonderful tour guide, we look forward to more of your adventures.
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My son is 6 and he loves this book! When we first got it, he read it out loud to me over two nights (he's a very good reader for his age). He loved the poetic writing style and then he spent time on each page looking at the pictures. It's great when a book that is so educational can draw a child's interest for such a long time. A few nights ago, he was looking on Google Earth on our computer. Then the next morning, I noticed that he had the "Fifo 50 States" book open to the North Carolina page, so he must have been curious to see the places that he was reading about. I would definitely recommend this book for any child who wants to learn more about America and also to elementary school teachers.
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Fifo "50 States" is a great book for emerging readers. I gave it to my grandson, along with Fifo the Bear for his 7th birthday. He read it right away, loved the illustrations and the bear. He's an advanced reader, though, so it might be a book someone has to read to the child. Ms. Rose is a great children's non-fiction book writer and her books are a visual joy as well as informative. I highly recommend the book and the stuffed bear - everyone loves to hug a bear.
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Fifo “50 States” would be a great addition to a classroom or homeschool geography unit about the 50 states. It’s a short book told in rhyme that is easy to read. Each page features one of the states. Pictures depict some of the highlights of the state as well as showing the state flag. The rhyming text includes the state Capitol, bird, tree and more.

I read this straight through but think it would be more beneficial taken a few states at a time while studying those states. There is a lot of information packed into these pages.

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Rating: 4 Stars
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Fifo "Fifty States" is a charming picture book in rhyme. It is also a wonderful learning tool for children. Each state is featured with a rhyme and a delightful color picture. There is an amazing amount of information presented in the text and the illustrations complement and add more interesting details to the text.

The book presents the following information about each of the 50 states;
The geographic section of the country that the state is located in (Ex. North, South, East, West, Midwest).
The chronological order that the state entered the Union. (Ex. The 26th state)
The name of the state capitol.
The name of the state flower.
The name of the state tree.
The name of the state bird.
The state motto.

The illustrations add even more details about the states;
A small state map with a star to spotlight the capitol city.
The state flag.
A glimpse of the landscape and tourist attractions.
Some of the main products and occupations (Ex. corn, cherries, mining, farming, livestock, etc.)
Famous state events (Ex. Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico, Rodeos in Oklahoma, etc.)
Famous events in the state's history.

The best thing about the illustrations is that Fifo is featured right in the middle of the page wearing a costume that is appropriate for the state that he is visiting!

Fifo "50 States" is fun, fantastic and full of facts! Kids will love the rhythm and repetition of the text. This book offers many opportunities for parents and teachers to share the joy of traveling with Fifo. I was overwhelmed by the detail in the illustrations. Children will spend hours exploring and investigating the fact-filled pictures.
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