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CHALLENGING WORDS





disappear

foolish


magician

ostracized

pasture

possessions



precious

screamed


staggered

ukulele



SUMMARY





Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abi Yo Yo disappear.

--- Conversation Questions---


(1)

The old people of the village told stories. What was their favorite topic?

(Answer)

A frightening giant named Abi Yo Yo.

(Follow Up)

Tell me a short story that has been passed down in your family or something funny that has happened in your family recently.




(2)

Tell me what the boy does in the story.

(Answer)

The boy makes up a song about the giant, the giant dances, gets tired and falls and father makes him disappear.

(Follow Up)

What is another way they could have gotten rid of the giant?




(3)

Explain why the chi8ldren of the village did not believe the stories about giants and Abi Yo Yo?

(Answer)

No one had ever seen Abi Yo Yo or a giant before.

(Follow Up)

Name at least one other story about a giant.




(4)

The giant needed to be lying down for the father’s magic work. Why do you think that was so?

(Answer)

Any logical response.

(Follow Up)

If you had the magical powers, how would you have taken care of the giant?





(5)

Tell me what the word “ostracized” means.

(Answer)

Banished, sent away, or left out.

(Follow Up)

Name another word that has the same meaning.




(6)

Describe a ukulele.

(Answer)

Any logical response.

(Follow Up)

If you could learn to play just one musical instrument, which one would it be?




(7)

In what country did this folktale originate?

(Answer)

South Africa.

(Follow Up)

Name other places where this story could have taken place.




(8)

Describe Abi Yo Yo.

(Answer)


Any logical response.

(Follow Up)

Describe how Abi Yo Yo walked around the countryside and the village.




(9)

Imagine you were the boy. How would you feel if everyone sent you away?

(Answer)

Any logical response.

(Follow Up)

Share a time when someone hurt your feelings.




(10)

Assume you were the giant. How would you feel to hear a song about yourself?

(Answer)

Any logical response.

(Follow Up)

What is your favorite song?




Activities




1.

This story is based on a folktale, which Pete Seeger declares, “needs to be changed somehow each time it is told.” Decide on a change you would like to make in the story. Write it in your opus.





2.

The boy’s mother is not a character in the story. Add a mother. Explain why she, too, would be ostracized from the village.




3.

The song about Abi Yo Yo is very simple. Create a more complicated version of the song. Use the book as a reference.







4.

Make a wanted poster for Abi Yo Yo. You need a description and maybe a reward. Any warnings to his dangerous personality would be appreciated. Draw his picture for the poster.





Introductions








1.

Show the children a “magic wand.” Ask them what hey would do if they had a magic wand. Ask them if they know of a story where someone uses a magic wand. Today, someone uses a magic wand in our story. Let’s read and find out who uses it and what they use it for.







2.

Draw a “WANTED” poster for a mysterious monster. Include the description and the reward. Ask the children how they might catch the monster. Tell them that today we will read about a monster and how he finally disappeared. Let’s read and find out what happens.








3.

Show the children magic words such as “abracadabra,” “hocus pocus,” etc. Ask the children who would use these words. Talk about magicians and what they do. Tell them that our story today is about a magician and a magic wand. Let’s read and find out what happens.








Book Title: Abiyoyo


Author: Pete Seeger

Illustrator: Michael Idays

ISBN: 0-02-781490-4

# of Text Pages: 28 AR: 2.2 LEX: 610

Building Oral Vocabulary

1

ukulele

2

magician

8

ostracized

Prediction Questions

10


Tell me what you think just might happen?

13

Put yourself in their place, what would you do?

22

How do you think this book is going to end?



This resource is provided by THE LEARNING CORPS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.







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