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Abiyoyo Returns by Pete Seeger

Abiyoyo Returns

by Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator), Paul DuBois Jacobs

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In this traditional tale, a small town decides to build a dam to save their crops, but they run into trouble when they strike an enormous boulder. A little girl suggests the help of the giant, Abiyoyo. Knowing that her father and grandfather had sent him away once before, she figured they could do it again once he helped move the boulder. To their dismay, the grandfather's magic wand broke, and the giant was stuck in their town. They made him food, sang him songs, and had to learn to live with him.
  sbasler | Mar 11, 2014 |
A good book for encouraging musical inclinations. Teaches the value of preparing and enjoying food together and playing music. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to a folktale based in Latin America.
  kellw | Feb 22, 2013 |
A village needs help moving a giant rock and seeks the help of a people-eating giant.
  Amy.Lee | Nov 29, 2011 |
This book is wonderful. It is colorful, and joyful! and funny. It is a magical tale of a village of people who, having once been threatened by the giant Abiyoyo, rally together to rebuild the dam in their town blocked by a large boulder. They must find a way to remove the boulder. The little girl requests that the giant Abiyoyo be brought back to remove the boulder so they devise a plan to accomplish that task. The only problem is that the giant likes to eat people up. It is a heartwarming tale about how the little girl and her magical grandfather restore a relationship with the giant. They bring him food and sing him songs so they won't be eaten. The giant then throws the giant boulder away so the townspeople can get their dam built. Children can enjoy this tale of a friendship between a little girl (who knows what to do) and the giant to ends up living among them. It is an important story about sharing and strength of family relationships.
  sharonstrickland | Apr 9, 2010 |
A beautiful African children's folk tale. ( )
  06nwingert | Oct 31, 2009 |
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Hays, MichaelIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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After Abiyoyo the giant left, the small town he had bothered grew by leaps and bounds. The boy who helped his father make Abiyoyo disappear grew older and became a father, too. The people were filled with new life and spirit. But now there are new dangers: droughts and floods. The town needs a dam before it gets washed away. And sitting right where the dam would be is a boulder too big for anyone to move. Anyone, that is, except Abiyoyo.

Father still has his courage. Grandfather still has his magic wand. And his granddaughter knows he can bring Abiyoyo back, then make him disappear. But Abiyoyo is dangerous. People think the giant will eat them. Will lots of good food and beautiful songs keep Abiyoyo happy long enough to move the boulder and once again leave the town in peace?

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Based on a South African tale, this story tells what happens when a giant who had been banished from a town by a magician thirty years earlier is called back to save the town from flooding. The little town that was once threatened by the giant Abiyoyo has grown by leaps and bounds. But now that the townspeople have chopped down all their trees, every year they have floods and droughts. Worse yet, there's a giant boulder blocking up the site of their new dam! Something has to be done. Well, the young boy who helped make Abiyoyo disappear way back when now has a little girl of his own. And she knows the only way to save the town: Bring back Abiyoyo to help move the boulder. "Bring back Abiyoyo?" the townspeople cry. "The giant that eats people up?" But the little girl has a plan for that, too. Fifteen years after Pete Seeger's storysong "Abiyoyo" came to life as a picture book, his beloved giant is back in a wonderful new story. With Michael Hays's brilliant illustrations and a sing-along score included, Abiyoyo Returns is destined to become a family favorite.… (more)

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