A small group found the book Abiyoyo and brought it into the classroom. Children gravitated like magnets to this book and wanted it read to them over and over. They commented on Abiyoyo's sharp teeth and fingernails. "Here he comes!" "He's a giant!"
|Our stick collection|
|Making magic wands|
Throughout the day we heard strains of the song: "Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo…Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo," and children hid inside a tent/house in the classroom, calling, "Abiyoyo is coming!"
|This house was perfect for hiding from Abiyoyo|
|It was scary and exciting to hide inside the house.|
Outside they would call, "Abiyoyo is coming! Run for your lives!" and we would all run away, just as we did earlier in the year when we ran from dinosaurs and monsters.
Children typically love this story because Abiyoyo is scary: long fingernails, sharp teeth, hints of blood on his face. He eats cows and sheep. But a small boy with a ukelele and his father with a magic wand make Abiyoyo disappear. It's empowering for young children, who have so little control over their lives, to hear about a child who bravely faces something scary and overcomes it. Fairy tales can be similar, though in this story Abiyoyo simply disappears, unlike Hansel and Gretel's witch who gets pushed into an oven.
|One child made sure she drew Abiyoyo's long, sharp teeth.|
|"He's as tall as a tree!" He's a giant!"|
|Making Abiyoyo disappear with a magic wand|
|A child bravely approaching Abiyoyo|