“Publishers Weekly” The book is a triumph of storytelling and art. “New York Times Book Review” Told in the familiar Seeger style, with brief musical phrases of. Abiyoyo has ratings and reviews. Ronyell said: I actually first heard about this book when I watched an episode on “Reading Rainbow” that discu. Abiyoyo got kind of a raw deal in the original book, which was very loosely based on a South African lullabye. He wasn’t really evil, just hungry and not very.

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Pete Seeger’s storysong Abiyoyo has delighted generations of parents and children. The tale of how a father with his magic wand and a boy with his music triumph over the giant Abiyoyo is based on a South African lullaby and folk story. Paperback48 pages. Published January 6th by Aladdin Paperbacks first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Abiyoyoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 11, Ronyell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pete Seeger, master songwriter, has written a brilliant and creative adaptation of this classic South African folktale as he writes the story in a dramatic yet hilarious way as he makes Abiyoyo both menacing and hilarious at the same time as Abiyoyo is one of the few villains that I have seen where he easily dances to a song dedicated to him which makes him more like a great buffoon than an actual villain.

The images that truly stood out the most in this book were the images of the villagers themselves as they range from all different cultures from around the world such as India, China, Africa and many more and the outfits that the villagers wear to represent their countries make the illustrations look extremely colorful.

Parents should know that Abiyoyo might scare smaller children since he eats people and even threatens the village. Parents should reassure their children that Abiyoyo is just a myth that many people told and that he does not really exist. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might be frightened by the image of Abiyoyo.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog Sep 09, Ken Moten rated it really liked it Shelves: Read this as a child and saw a youtube clip of Pete Seeger himself telling this story.

So I guess this a bit of nostalgia for me. Oct 10, Kristin Thomas added it Shelves: A little boy and his farther were banished from a little town for making mischief.

However, they were welcomed back when the father and son found a way to make to make Abiyoyo disappear. I enjoyed reading this book, therefore, I rate this book as a 5. I liked how “Abiyoyo” had great images throughout the book. I also liked how this book included a little song. It was different a Summary: It was different and interesting. What do you think is going to happen next?

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Once the teacher has finished reading the book, the teacher and the students could revisit their boook to see if they were right. Mar 18, Hal Schrieve rated it really liked it Shelves: Folk singer Pete Seeger adapts a South African folktale for a jumping, loud, lyrical picture book.


A boy who plays ukulele joins his father in banishment at the edge of their village after his father plays tricks on too many people. Text-To-World Connection In the story, the people in the town did not approve of the magic stick that the little boy in the story dad would carry around town and make people life difficult.

The little boy loved to play his ukelele that people would complain about, but at the end of the story, the little boy and his dad helped save the town from the monster, Abiyoyo with his magic wand and his song booo dance he created using his ukelele. If people in the world would take the time to get to know p Text-To-World Connection In the story, the people in the town did not approve of the magic stick that the little boy in the story dad would carry around town and make people life difficult.

If people in the world would take the time to get to know people better they will be able to realize that a person could be harmful in one way but very helpful in another way.

If people stop judging others biok what someone tells them and sit down and actually get to know that person themselves then they would be able to make their own judgment.

Nov 19, Evelyn Swanson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Abiyoyo is based on a South African lullaby and folktale adapted by songwriter Peter Seeger and illustrated by Michael Hays. This book is an excellent read aloud for Kindergarten to grade three. The story is about the scary giant Abiyoyo, who is always hungry and appears in a small South African village to eat the cows and sheep. The people are afraid for their lives because they fear Abiyoyo will want to eat them too! How can the townspeople get rid of this menacing giant?

Seeger begins to tell Abiyoyo is based on a South African lullaby and folktale adapted by songwriter Peter Seeger and illustrated by Michael Hays. Seeger begins to tell the zbiyoyo about a little boy and his father who were thrown out of the village for being mischievous. The boy loves to play the ukulele around the town, and his father, a magician, plays tricks on the townspeople by waving his magic wand, making things disappear.

Although they were both harmless troublemakers, the people are not happy with their behavior. One day, the hungry Abiyoyo appears into the town to eat the cows and sheep. The townspeople run for their lives for fear of being consumed abiyoyyo the giant.

The townspeople are so happy Abiyoyo has vanished and welcomed the boy and his father back into the village. This book is a great addition to any unit on folktales from around the world. The teacher can discuss the abiykyo of the story as a whole class or students can discuss in small groups their interpretation of what the story’s message is.

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Also, they can compare and contrast American folktales with ones from other countries. Each story has a moral and students can learn other cultural values through telling these stories. Lastly, students can draw their version of Abiyoyo and share with the class or create a script based on the story and act it out for the class.


Nov 13, Lucas Calderon rated it really liked it. Abiyoyo is a folktale. It’s setting is in the United States. The magician father and his son were ostraziced from the town. The problem was about a giant called Abiyoyo that the magician father told to his son about. One day Abiyoyo appeared, walking into the town and destroying everything. The son started to use the ukulele and made Abiyoyo dance until he fell to the floor.

Finally when Abiyoyo was on the ground, the magician father made him disappear. The town was happy and now the father and Abiyoyo is a folktale. The town was happy and now the father and son lived in town again. Applying the Elements of a Folktale to my Folktale “Abiyoyo” is definatly a folktale because has the 4 elements of a folktale.

One element is that it is passed from generation to generation. The 2nd to last it says it on the cover of the book.

The 3rd and almost last element is that it has supernatural powers. In the folktale there is a gaint called Abiyoyo: This lesson played out in Abiyoyo when the son and the magician father were ostraziced from the town, a giant attacked the town and they saved all the people’s life when the son distracted him with the ukulele the magician father made him disappear.

Nov 20, Kristen Sawyer marked it as to-read Shelves: This is the story about a father who uses his magic wand to torment the villagers while his son annoys them with his ukulele.

Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story [With CD]

They get sent to live on the outside of town. One day, a giant arrives in the town and no one knows what to do. The father and his son go qbiyoyo greet the giant and the boy starts playing his ukulele, the giant starts dancing, the boy plays his ukulele faster and the giant starts dancing faster. The giant falls over and the father uses his magic wand to mak Summarize the book: The giant falls over and the father uses his magic wand to make the giant disappear.

The townspeople are thankful and invite the father and boy back into town. Identify the aiyoyo from the text that support the specific genre: This folk tale contains many elements associated with traditional literature. This story bookk a motif of trickery and a magical object. The father is a abiyoyp and plays tricks on the towns people the magical abiyoho, the wand, is used to make the giant disappear.

Agiyoyo specific concepts that could be integrated into the classroom: Integrating this story into the classroom, we can use it to study South African culture. We can also integrate creative writing prompts such as asking students to write about how they would make the giant disappear. Offer any other suggestions that would be useful regarding literary content, reading level, and other ways in which the book might be integrated: Incorporate creative drama such as role playing.

You can have students use a toy ukulele, a magic wand and culturally accurate clothing. Nov 15, Carola Prida rated it really liked it. The father, was a magician and disappeared too many things, which made people hate him.