Abiyoyo

Abiyoyo

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Overview

Outcasts become heroes in this picture book adaptation of a South African lullaby and folk story.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689718106
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 01/01/1994
Series: Reading Rainbow Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 54,655
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

May 3, 1919

Date of Death:

January 27, 2014

Place of Birth:

Patterson, NY

Place of Death:

New York City, NY

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

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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Abiyoyo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pete Seeger does a great job of retelling this folk tale. The characters are very 3 dimensional, with pros and cons to their personality. I love the song in the end, and even though I don't read music I can hum this one somehow!
uribookworms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite book, especially with 4's and 5's. A little scary, but it's all cured with a singable song. A good story for just before we go outside, because it's pretty exciting.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an African folktale about a father who is a magician and his son who plays the ukalaylee. The are ostracized from their village until they save everyone from the monster Abiyoyo. This is a great book for teaching kids about different cultures or teaching them about accepting people's differences.
poolays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gentle story about magic and a monster. The monster is subdued by music, a catchy tune about himself, that he enjoys so much he dances to the point of exhaustion. There is a sequel out now where the townspeople find a way to live peacefully with Abiyoyo.
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!