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Abiyoyo Returns Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

Fifteen years after Pete Seeger’s storysong “Abiyoyo” came to life as a picturebook, his beloved giant is back in wondrerful new story. With Michael Hays’s brilliant illustrations and a sing-along score included, Abiyoyo Returns is destined to become a family favorite.

Pete Seeger has been a storyteller for fifty years and has written such songs as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and with Lee Hays, “If I Had a Hammer.” In 1952, he improvized a story for his children about the giant Abiyoyo, using a song from South Africa. Now with the help of Paul DuBois Jacobs and Michael Hays, Abiyoyo returns! Pete still lives with his wife, Toshi, near Beacon New York.

Abiyoyo Returns

by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs
illustrated by Michael Hays

Simon and Schuster 2001

Thirty years later...

The little town that was once threatened by the giant Abiyoyo has grown by leaps and bounds. But now that the townspeople have chopped down all their trees, very year thay have floods and droughts. Worse yet, there’s a giant boulder blocking up the site of their new dam! Something had to be done.

Well, the young boy who helped make Abiyoyo disappear way back when now has a little girl of his own. And she knows the only way to save the town: Bring back Abiyoyo to help move the Boulder. “Bring back Abiyoyo?” the townspeople cry. “The giant that eats people up?” But the little girl has a plan for that to...

Abiyoyo Returns art by Michael Hays ©2010