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Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review: FIFO 50 STATES by Hayley Rose

This is a charming way to share state information with children.
by Hayley Rose
Illustrator: Jessie B. Orlet

Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Flowered Press (March 15, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0998248347
Genre: Children's Picture Book, Educational
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

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!

This is fun and educational for young readers. Each state gets a descriptive page and an illustration that depicts more features of the state. The states are presented alphabetically and each descriptive page provides the number order that the state joined the United States, the capital of the state, the state flower and the state bird. Below the description is the state motto. These elements are pulled into the illustration but additional features are included such as the shape of the state with the capital marked by a star, the state flag and a prominent sight such as surfing for Hawaii and alligator wrestling in Florida. The illustrations are lovely, providing additional tidbits for an adult to learn and to share with a child.

My granddaughter and I began reading together and made it to Illinois where their family now lives. She was especially interested to see Hawaii and Mississippi where they used to live and Florida where P-pop and Grandmom live.

The only thing that made this drag a bit is that each page repeats several phrases for the rhyme. This actually got tiring after about 10 states. I felt those extra three lines could be used to suggest other prime features of each state. Still it is a wonderful learning tool for parents and children to share time together. I have not read any other Fifo books and it was fun to meet this charming bear in his travels.

I received this from the author for Amazon Review Campaign through Pump Up Your Book.

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