Abiyoyo

Abiyoyo

Illustrated by Michael Hays
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About The Book

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.

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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