Abiyoyo

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Folk singer Pete Seeger's adaptation of the South African folktale Abiyoyo, first recorded in 1956, now comes with a sing-along CD (see Children's Audio, Sept. 10) in honor of the book's 15th anniversary. Michael Hays's artwork depicts the global villagers who drive a magician and his ukulele-strumming son to the edge of town only to invite them back when they make Abiyoyo the giant disappear. Seeger partners with Paul DuBois Jacobs to profile the same town 30 years later in Abiyoyo Returns, also illus. by Hays. Here, the father-son team is drafted to bring back Abiyoyo; they believe the giant alone can help them in their efforts to build a dam and save their town. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Abiyoyo is a terrible giant who threatens to eat livestock and people in one gulp. A boy with his ukulele sings to him. He gets the giant dancing and spinning so fast he falls down. Then the boy's magician father uses his magic wand to dispatch the monster. The illustrations depict a town populated with a multicultural melange of people and Abiyoyo is cast as an abstraction of everyone's fears. Reissue of 1986 book. 1994, orig.
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New York Times Book Review Told in the familiar Seeger style, with brief musical phrases of the one-word song incorporated in the text and printed complete at the end, and with illustrations full of light and color, this rendering of a South African tale is a pleasure.

Publishers Weekly The book is a triumph of storytelling and art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689718106
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 115,584
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Seeger is a national treasure, arguably the most influential figure in American folk music as well as an important advocate of social causes. He lives in Beacon, New York.

Michael Hays has illustrated several picture books, including the sequel to Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo Returns. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Children love this book

    My music classes are still singing this and asking about it months later. Great to have in your "collections".

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    A 'MUST HAVE' book for all young children!

    I'm a retired preschool teacher with over 20 yrs experience in the field of Early Childhood. Pete Seeger's ABIYOYO has always been a favorite story of the children.
    This week I was privileged to see my own grandson's reaction to hearing the book for the first time.
    Once again....it was a hit. We've been singing "Abiyoyo" for days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    This have interting story

    Yes This book present the information clearly. the book was find interting.I learn about this book people used to tell stories.The old people used to tell stories about big giants that lived in the old days. was called abiyoyo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2010

    Loved it

    I first heard and read this book when i was working with autistic children for summer school. they loved it, i loved it. It was just such an amazing and fun book. i like the story too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    a story about power

    This is a wonderful story in which the main characters are unique, but not accepted by others. After the townspeople reject a little boy and his father, they save the day with a little magic and some cleverness. The little boy provides children the idea that "might doesn't always make right" in a fun and powerful way. I really liked the story and I think it helps children understand that power can come in other forms besides size.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    awsome

    this book was so cool i read it when i was a kid now all my friends and their kids read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Great for everyone!

    My husband and I love reading this story to the kids, and the CD that comes with it is lots of fun. My husband and I chuckle along in the front seat of the car everytime we put it on for the kids. And often we all find ourselves humming the tune of Abiyoyo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    a reviewer

    I love this book! It has been one of my favorite books since preschool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    I thought the book would be boring...but!!

    This book had good illustrations. I liked it alot when I read it at school. Then I wanted to read it again and again and again. It was a really good story. I liked the giant. He was made of stones. He could eat you alive!

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