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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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"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 |
This book is a good multiculturalism book. It is based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story. It is about a boy that loved to play his ukulele. Everyone got annoyed by it and told him to put it up. The boys father was a magician. He could make things disappear. Everyone was getting annoyed by that to. The people told them to leave, so they did. The father was telling his son about a Abiyoyo that came but no one believed it. One morning they woke up and there was a Abiyoyo in their yard. The boy and his father went near him, but all the people were scared. The boy suddenly whips out his ukulele and starts playing a song. The Abiyoyo starts to dance and then falls. The father gets his wand and makes him disappear. The people were excited and let them come back.

Personal Reaction:
This book was pretty weird. I have never heard of this African folk tale before but they say the lullaby is popular. But I would read this to my classroom because it is discussing the multiculturalism in it and its a cool story.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Have them make up their own story and read it to the classroom.
2. Read this when discussing the African multicultural and listen to the lullaby on cd.
  olivialawson | Mar 23, 2014 |
I thought Abiyoyo was a great book. I liked the book because the author used onomatopoeia and incorporated excellent illustrations. I enjoyed the use of onomatopoeia because it added animation and excitement to the story. The author used phrases like, “Zoop!” and “Ztt,ztt,ztt” in order to convey the sounds that the father’s magic wand was making. The illustrations were great as well. They were drawn with careful detail and precision. My favorite is the image of the father doing magic to make a woman’s glass disappear. The author drew the sparks coming from the wand so that you could actually see the magic happening. The overall message I got from this book is that there’s a hero in all of us and we need to believe in ourselves. ( )
  NikkiDahlen | Mar 11, 2014 |
A boy and his father are kicked out of their village. The boy plays a ukulele and his father has a magic wand. Abiyoyo comes to town and everyone is scared. The plays plays him a song and the father makes him disappear. They are welcomed back in the village.
  tina265 | Feb 26, 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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