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Abiyoyo Returns by Pete Seeger

Abiyoyo Returns

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

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The sequel leaves us after Abiyoyo has disappeared and the young boy from the first story has grown up and become a father. However, their village is experiencing drought and desperately need help. They know bringing Abiyoyo back could be harmful, but they think he can help.
  ashleykalar | Nov 29, 2014 |
Book was used for Folk & Myth assignment. ( )
  kberryman44 | Nov 4, 2014 |
Abiyoyo is back in this colorful novel. The little boy who we were introduced to in the first book now has a daughter of his own who plays a drum and helps to solve the town's big problem. The town is flooding each summer and they work on building a dam. There is a giant boulder impeding their progress so the little girl suggests bringing Abiyoyo back to move the boulder. All looks to be happening as planned until the boulder lands on Grandpa's magic wand and they can't make Abiyoyo disappear once again. Fortunately, they learn to live with this giant and his presence provides them the opportunity to share their food and their songs.
  ryckecraw | Oct 9, 2014 |
A little town is in trouble! All the trees have been cut down as the town has grown. Now it floods and has droughts every year. The townspeople decide to build a dam, but quickly encounter an immovable boulder. A little girl remembers an old story about Abiyoyo, a huge giant, who may be able to help them. She devises a plan to bring back Abiyoyo and use her Grandpa's magic wand to make him disappear after he has helped them. The townspeople prepare food and songs to entertain Abiyoyo so that he won't eat them, and Grandpa uses his magic to make Abiyoyo appear. The girl tricks him into moving the boulder, but it lands on Grandpa's wand. They learn to live with the giant, and he helps them build their dam and plant new trees.
  joycecafe | Aug 4, 2014 |
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 |
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Pete Seegerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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