Abiyoyo

Abiyoyo

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by Pete Seeger
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417792726
Publisher:
Bt Bound
Publication date:
01/06/2005
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 3, 1919
Date of Death:
January 27, 2014
Place of Birth:
Patterson, NY
Place of Death:
New York City, NY

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Abiyoyo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My music classes are still singing this and asking about it months later. Great to have in your "collections".
Mannyb More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so cool i read it when i was a kid now all my friends and their kids read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It has been one of my favorite books since preschool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!