Abiyoyo

Abiyoyo

Illustrated by Michael Hays
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About The Book

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.

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.

About The Illustrator

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

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2001)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689846939
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD610L

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Raves and Reviews

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.

Awards and Honors
  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Volunteer State Book Award (TN)
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