In honor of Pete Seeger's 91st birthday today, my students and I enjoyed his extraordinary sing-along folk tale, Abiyoyo.
Here's a video of Pete performing Abiyoyo in concert.
And here's a link to a Reading Rainbow clip where Pete reads/sings the story, accompanied by Michael Hays' illustrations. Pete explains that when kids get to a certain age, they realize that a lullaby is actually a propaganda song. This story/song came about when his kids clamored for a story instead of a song at bedtime. Pete compromised by telling them a story--and singing them the song, too!