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Abiyoyo Returns by Pete Seeger

Abiyoyo Returns

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

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When a town is threatened by constant floods in the spring and droughts in the summer, they decide to build a dam. After digging for a while, they strike a boulder that they realize is too big to move by themselves. Out of solutions, a little girl suggests that the town bring back Abiyoyo, the giant that her father and grandfather saved the town from years ago by making him disappear. Although it was a risky solution, the town decided to give it a try because Abiyoyo could be their only shot at moving the boulder to finish the dam.
The town began to prepare for the giant's return. When they were ready, Grandpa said the magic words and Abiyoyo returned.The town then fed him all they had, fearing he would feed on people. Then the young girl asked him to move the boulder. After he moved it, he grew hungry again, so the town sung to him. Abiyoyo was soothed by the music and fell right to sleep.
The town's rejoice only lasted a short while until they realized that Grandpa's wand was broken and he could no longer make Abiyoyo disappear. Luckily for them, the little girl got them out of the mess she made. She suggested they continued to feed Abiyoyo and sing to him. After the town befriends the giant, they are able to live in peace together.
This is a friendly multicultural story that encourages readers that it is possible to live amongst others who are different (including giants). Sometimes it is difficult for people to be trusting of others, but this story demonstrates how trust can go a long way. The townspeople's growth in trust allowed them to save their homes. ( )
  srmorgan | Mar 2, 2016 |
The town once threatened by the monster Abiyoyo is overdeveloped many years later, suffering spring floods and summer droughts. The idea is to build a dam. But an enormous boulder impedes progress. The little girl whose grandfather originally saved the town from Abiyoyo suggests bringing back the monster to move the boulder. The grandfather brings him back with his magic wand and after being appeased by food and music, Abiyoyo flings away the boulder. But the boulder breaks grandfather’s wand and Abiyoyo can’t be sent back. He ends up living in the town and everyone learns to live with him. Paintings depict a traditional multicultural town.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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 |
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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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