Title: Fifo "50 States"
Author: Hayley Rose
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About the Book: Fifo s been bitten by the travel bug! 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. America is an exiting place! In Fifo s second book, told in rhyme, Fifo dreams about visiting all 50 states. 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.
My Thoughts: What a great way to share facts about the 50 states! Fifo the Bear takes children on an alphabetical field trip through each state in the United States. Each state is described, through poetry, with references to state flowers, mottos, capitals, etc. In the border of the page is the name of the state as well as the motto. The illustrations give even more information about each state. They show the shape of the state, the state flag, and other pictures that are indicative of that particular state.
I can definitely see this book being used in the classroom. Young children want to learn about the states, but there aren't many books out there that are kid-friendly. Hayley Rose has solved that problem along with her illustrator, Jessie Orlet. Kids will love this book because of the rhyme and vivid pictures. There is also a pattern to each page that young children can pick up on: "It's a wonderful place to visit, I'd like to go there, wouldn't you?" Even if they were unable to read all of the other words, they would catch on to the last lines quickly and be able to read along.
There are so many facts loaded in the pages of the books, that it is a goldmine for the child traveler! He or she, along with Fifo, will learn many things about the state they live in along with all the other states in the US. Kudos to Hayley Rose and her book; it's a winner!