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Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story (1986)

by Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator)

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No one wants to hear the little boy play his ukelele anymore...Clink, clunk, clonk. And no one wants to watch his father make things disappear...Zoop! Zoop! Until the day the fearsome giant Abiyoyo suddenly appears in town, and all the townspeople run for their lives and the lives of their children! Nothing can stop the terrible giant Abiyoyo, nothing, that is, except the enchanting sound of the ukelele and the mysterious power of the magic wand. ( )
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
This was an interesting traditional South African folk tale retold in a story song format by Pete Seeger. The illustrations were wonderful and dynamic as the feeling of movement is evident in the characters in every illustration. Students would be intrigued by the traditional dress and dwellings depicted in the story and this could lend itself in the classroom to discussions on social studies or geography. The conclusion of the story is delightful with the father and son combining their special talents of music and magic to entice the giant into dancing so frenetically that he falls down and is zapped magically away. The happy resolution of the story would appeal to children especially if the musical element of Abiyoyo's song was added.
  Keinhorn | Feb 2, 2016 |
I used to be a teacher's assistant in a kindergarten classroom and I chose this book because the children absolutely loved it. I never got the chance to actually read it because the kids mostly listened to it at the listening center. Some used to go around singing "Abiyoyo" and I wanted to see what the book was all about. Without the music playing I feel like I am missing a part of the book entirely. I could just look up a youtube video reading of the book and I just may. ( )
  kesteves | Nov 30, 2015 |
"Abiyoyo" is based on an South African Lullaby and was adapted by an American folk singer. A boy and his father are "ostracized" by there community because they so loved to share their skills with everyone they became annoying. One day a monster, known as Abiyoyo, threatens the town. The boy and his father us their talents to make the monster disappear and the towns' people love them again. "Abiyoyo" could be an interesting way to introduce music into a lesson of acceptance and respect for others. ( )
  mosbor | Aug 31, 2014 |
Abiyoyo is about a father and son that is kicked out of town because they were trouble makers. Then the giant abiyoyo came and was attacking the town. The Father and son used their previously annoying talents to trick and send away the Abiyoyo.
This is a traditional story that teaches that everyone's talents have a place and a time to be useful. ( )
  Dyne001 | Jul 12, 2014 |
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Based on a South African lullaby and folk story, this tale is about a boy and his father who come up with a plan to use their unique gifts to save the townspeople from the giant, Abiyoyo. A boy plays a ukulele and his father weilds a magic wand as tactics to distract, and eventually make disappear, a the monster Abiyoyo. The townspeople, who had originally banned the boy and his father after overuse of their talents, invite them back and hail them as hereos for saving their town from Abiyoyo. One interesting element in this book is the illustrator, Michael Hays, interpretation of characters and inclusion of multi-races, varying ethnocentric backgrounds, and societal class representation in the storyline. Many children/families might see themselves in this story - or may not being as most are dressed in traditional/formal wear of their heritage.
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Once there was a little boy who played the ukelele. Wherever he'd go he'd play, Clink, clunk, clonk. His father was a magician. Wherever he'd go, he'd make things disappear, Zoop! Zoop! Soon the townspeople grew tired of the boy's noise and his father's tricks, and banished both of them to the edge of town.

There they lived, until one day the terrible giant Abiyoyo appeared. He was as tall as a tree, and it was said that he could eat people up. Everyone was terrified, except the boy and his father, and they came up with a plan to save the town....

Pete Seeger's storysong, made up for his own children, finds its perfect match in Michael Hays's masterful paintings. As a special bonus, this edition includes a CD of Pete performing two different versions of "Abiyoyo." You'll love to follow and sing along as you listen to Pete tell this richly vivid and exciting story.

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Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.

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