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reS-Gr 3-Fifteen years after the publication of Pete Seeger's Abiyoyo (S & S, 1986), the giant returns. This time, the townspeople are cutting down all the trees to build houses, and flooding results when the rains come. When they try to build a dam and run into a boulder nobody can move, the granddaughter of the magician responsible for Abiyoyo's previous disappearance convinces him to magic the big guy back. When the giant reappears in all his slobbery, stinking wonder, roaring for food, the townspeople rush to feed him. The little girl, in a ploy to get him to move the boulder, asks him if he is strong enough to do it, and he hurls it several hundred feet away. The villagers rejoice and everyone sings the now-famous song, faster and faster until, exhausted, the giant falls asleep. But they soon discover that Abiyoyo's feat has crushed the magic wand that would zap him away again, and the local folks must find a way to coexist peacefully with him. Seeger teaches several lessons in this clever if somewhat forced tale: the value of the environment, of sharing, and of the need to live with whatever "giants" are in one's life. Hays's colorful illustrations are just as wonderful as in the original tale, with the jagged-edged, overpowering monster oozing attitude from every pore. For those who felt it unfair of the town to zap away what they feared in the original book, this second installment will be a just and happy ending.

Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ages 6-8. In 1986 storyteller and songwriter Seeger retold the South African folktale of the troublesome giant Abiyoyo who gobbled up villagers, and the outcast father and son who found a way to make him disappear. In this book, coauthored by writer and poet Jacobs, the fearsome monster is revived, for a new generation. When a cycle of spring flooding and summer drought threatens the safety of the village, the townspeople decide to tame the waters by building a dam. A huge boulder brings the hopeful plan to a halt, until a young girl petitions her father and grandfather to call Abiyoyo back. If we feed Abiyoyo's hunger with good food, she reasons, he won't need to eat villagers and he can help us move the enormous rock. The child's faith and determination guide the community, and the once-banished monster becomes a new citizen. A tribute to tolerance. Kelly Halls
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068987054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689870545
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen G. Ray on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Continue your favorite childhood book with your children. My children love Abiyoyo Returns. A wonderful story about differences, acceptance and love. It will be a favorite in your family's library. Great holiday gift.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on May 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Pete Seeger's famous song "Abiyoyo" is a family favorite of ours, so I was intrigued to happen upon his "Abiyoyo Returns." For anyone unfamiliar with the story, Abiyoyo is a fearsome giant who eats people when he's hungry and is generally destructive and scary.
In this tale, warmly illustrated by Michael Hays, Abiyoyo is summoned up to help move a boulder so that the local townsfolk can build a dam. But the magic wand used to call Abiyoyo up breaks, and there is no way to get Abiyoyo to disappear again. There is a Pandora's Box element to the tale, and the wisdom of elders is deftly interwoven with bright ideas contributed by the children in the village.
Kids will get a special kick out of the idea that the young heroine--who looks to be maybe eight or ten years old--comes up with the idea that will allow the townspeople to peacefully co-exist with Abiyoyo, while still getting their dam built and the boulder removed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I LOVED Abiyoyo and read it a lot to the kids I babysit. The new one is cute, but it loses a lot of the fun, magic, and moral of the first one. I was very disapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Abiyoyo to preschool children for years. They always love the power that comes from overcoming the giant. But they always ask what happened to Abiyoyo. I usually tell them he went to get a manicure, pedicure and a haircut - and for a trip to the dentist! Now, with Abiyoyo Returns we have a wonderful new story to tell. And the children are quick to notice that the father in the new book is the boy all grown up! They especially like the page where the little girl is washing the giant's stinking feet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R McD on September 30, 2005
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I just got this book in addition to the original Abiyoyo and wasn't sure about it at first. The new story and graphics are just as good as the first. Another great addition to any book collection.
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As we all know Abiyoyo is wonderful classic, and while "Abiyoyo Returns" serves as a decent sequel it lacks the full charm of its predecessor. I am aware that it is a children's book and the story is in a fantasy realm, but it lacks a basic logic; in the first one father and son are isolated, since they are considered a nuisance, but are welcomed back after "redeeming" themselves, in this book they bring back this beast to move a boulder...a boulder. If I recall the father can make anything disappear, why bring back this dangerous beast if you can make a boulder vanish. And now they're stuck with Abiyoyo, forced to feed him heaps of food to insure their safety. I understand that moral is that people can change, forgiveness, and acceptance, but under the fear of being eaten.
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By K. Beran on November 25, 2008
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I have read Abiyoyo to my class for years at Halloween. I especially like to put it in my listining center. I can always tell when they're near the end because they burst into choruses of the song. This year I was able to read the sequel to them and it was a thrill to see their faces while I turned pages. They couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next! I can't wait for a CD version for my listening center.
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By J. Giles on February 14, 2012
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This book was a great follow up to the first Abiyoyo --- it would have been even better to have a Pete Seeger CD along with it telling the story just like the first book. My Grandchildren all enjoyed this book -- 4 - 7 & 8 --- especially playing the CD in the car while they read the book in the back seat!
Still just one suggestion - make a CD for the second book - Abiyoyo Returns!!
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