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Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.But there is no answer.Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, butLate one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.But there is no answer.Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is.Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by award-winning John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime....

Title : Owl Moon
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ISBN : 9780399214578
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Owl Moon Reviews

  • Mischenko
    2019-05-25 18:56

    This book is a Shabby Sunday feature @ Moon is a striking story that takes you on a journey through the winter woods in search of owls. The little child has been waiting to go owling with Pa for a very long time. The story rather reads like poetry."Our feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed us. Pa made a long shadow, but mine was short and round. I had to run after him every now and then to keep up, and my short, round, shadow bumped after me."John Schoenherr's illustrated imagery paints the perfect winter impression and this is a ideal book for bedtime that highlights the companionship between parent and child. Our copy is an old Scholastic paperback edition from 1988. It’s in fairly good shape with clean pages and one to keep.5*****

  • Starjustin
    2019-05-02 20:44

    A beautiful children's book with wonderful water color illustrations throughout. I loved the story and recommend this vintage book highly.

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2019-05-12 00:09

    Read for my son tonight as a bedtime story. What a beautiful story! Father and daughter quality time. Hiking in the snow and into the woods looking for owls. Her Pa tells her to be silent when go owling. Her Pa makes the whooo-whoo-who sounds to call the owl out. I love the illustration! Snow covered landscape, winter wear on the girl and her dad, and the woods' shadows are gorgeous to look at. I highly recommend this book for father and daughter!

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-14 03:01

    As a teenager (after we had moved to an acreage outside of Calgary, Alberta), I used to go out by myself on cold and clear winter nights with binoculars to observe the moon and stars and listen for coyotes. Reading this lovely little gem of a picture book (and looking at the snowy and peaceful illustrations) gives a similar sensation, cold, yet warm all the same, silent, mysterious, where every sound (and even the very silence) is music and the atmosphere pure delight. Both Jane Yolen's narrative and John Schoenherr's luminous "winter wonderland" illustrations perfectly, descriptively and caressingly capture the quiet, the peacefulness, the mystery of the winter woods at night, a luminous marriage of text and image (and I can certainly and appreciatively understand how and why Owl Moon won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1988).While I do not see much wrong with the father imitating the owl's calls to attract it, I tend to think that using a flashlight on the owl is perhaps potentially harmful, as I believe this could temporarily blind it (and I definitely did not enjoy that part of Owl Moon quite as much). Now these are just my personal feelings and considerations, and I am definitely no zoologist. However, just like deer can easily be blinded by car headlights, I do have to wonder whether owls might not experience something similar if a flashlight were suddenly directed at them (after all, they are mostly nocturnal animals and their eyes are thus suited for hunting prey at night, something that a bright artificial light might well disrupt). But while this small issue does bother me a bit, otherwise Owl Moon is simply loveliness personified, evocative, atmospheric (and a for the most part peaceful, non violent and non interfering way to enjoy the outdoors, to enjoy our feathered friends, simply by observing, watching birds, especially when one considers that until relatively recently, birding often consisted of collecting nests, eggs, and hunting/shooting birds, then stuffing and mounting the specimens).

  • Ronyell
    2019-05-20 03:12

    I have actually read this book when I was a child, but now I have finally got the chance to re-read this book again! “Owl Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Jane Yolen along with illustrations by John Schoenherr and it is about how a young girl goes out with her father to see an owl and experiences the magic of looking at owls all in one night. “Owl Moon” will easily be treasured by many children for years to come!One late winter night, a girl and her father decided to go out to see an owl by walking through the frosty woods together and the girl marveled at everything around her when they went through the forest. When the girl and her father were a good ways into the woods, the father starts making hooting noises like an owl, but no owl came. So, the girl and her father continued into the forest until…Read the book to find out!This book was just simply amazing! The true highlight of this book was Jane Yolen’s beautiful writing as her writing adds a dreamlike and poetic feel to the story. Jane Yolen has effectively detailed the young girl’s experience with exploring the forest with her father to see the owl and I also loved the way that Jane Yolen made this story be told from the young girl’s perspective as she sees the winter world as a magical experience for her and therefore. John Schoenherr’s illustrations are simply beautiful and mesmerizing as they detailed the true wonder of the forest during wintertime. The images I really loved were of the images of the snow covering the grounds and the trees as it made the forest look like one big white world and I also loved how realistic looking the trees were as they twisted and turned on every image. Another aspect that I loved about this book was the perfect combination of Jane Yolen’s writing with John Schoenherr’s illustrations as they both tell the story effectively, such as for example, in this passage:“Our feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed us.”And the image shows the young girl and her father leaving footprints in the snow as they walk through the forest.Overall, “Owl Moon” is definitely a book worth reading during the winter holidays and children who love reading about owls will definitely get a kick out this book! Now for my recommendation, I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Jamie
    2019-05-12 02:06

    Lovely art and a poetic story about a young girl who goes owling with her father. very picturesque and even though I have never been owling, this makes it sound mysterious and fun. While some kids may find this boring, take your kids out into the woods or something one night to look for nocturnal animals. Then read this just to add and compare the experience. Lots of fun for the kids. Otherwise I advise, older, patient kids for reading this book.Again, lots of praise for the artwork. It was beautiful and told a story all it's own. We could practically feel the cold, nippy air while reading this!

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-15 18:43

    I really enjoyed this story of a child's first time searching for owls with Father. It brings a beautiful sense of nature and a cold winter night, made warm by the camaraderie of the pair and the child's excitement at finally being able to accompany father on this "grown-up" adventure. The writing style was my favorite part--I thought it was very lyrical and I really enjoyed some of the diction selections; it was unusual without being jarring and really helped convey the mood, IMO.I didn't like the illustrations quite so much--nothing "wrong" with them, they just weren't really my style. But, I did really appreciate the details; such as the various animals "hiding" in the woods as the child and father looked for the owl. I thought it was neat seeing the other woodland creatures. I wondered if there was any subtle attempt to show that sometimes, when you are looking so hard for one thing, you miss other wonderful things right in front of you. But, the text never seemed to hint at that, so maybe not.Anyway, I really enjoyed it and it definitely made me feel nice and wintery-cozy. And eager to hear our owl hooting outside ;-)

  • K.J. Mecklenfeld
    2019-05-13 22:49


  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-17 00:59

    On reread (11/15/10) I’m tempted to change this from 4 to 3 stars, but I guess I’ll leave it.The watercolor paintings are lovely, just beautiful. However, the father’s facial expression was too fierce for my tastes. So was the owl’s but it seemed fitting for a magnificent wild bird. But, all the paintings highlight the dark, the cold, the quiet so perfectly.The story is very simple and sedate and I figure some children will like it and some will be bored, or scared. If the father’s expression and the owl aren’t seen as frightening, this could make an appropriate bedtime story. The quiet companionship of daughter and father on an outing just for them will likely seem special to children, and those who remember childhood. It’s probably just me but I didn’t really approve of what I considered teasing when the father tried to attract an owl to show itself.On the dedication page, the author and the illustrator both refer to owling in real life.

  • Wilhelmina Jenkins
    2019-05-10 03:11

    How did I leave this book off of my list? My grandson and I read this book at least 3 times a week for months and months. I absolutely love the language, the atmosphere, EVERYTHING about this book.

  • Crystal Marcos
    2019-05-03 20:02

    The story of Owl Moon takes place in the bitter cold of the late night hours yet it is a special heartwarming read. I enjoyed the story of the little girl and her father on their owling trip. I never heard of owling until I read this book. I feel I know all about the special outings now. The author gave such a great description. It was also interesting to read that both the author and illustrator had gone owling.Although this is a Caldecott Medal winner, I am not particularly fond of the illustrations they are just not my taste. The owl itself was a little mean looking. But, I suppose that is what he might look like in the wild if someone shined a flashlight in his face. I know if someone did that to me I wouldn’t be pleased. I do adore the end illustration with daddy caring his little girl home. This is a Picture Book Club "Winter" read found here:

  • Melissa Coyle
    2019-05-11 21:53

    A sweet adventure when a father takes his daughter owling on a cold winter's night. The illustrations by John Schoenherr are wonderful watercolors.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-04-28 21:59

    We loved this book! What a fun idea! To go on an owl walk! The illustrations were beautiful too! The kids loved it! Great read!

  • Mariah
    2019-05-02 03:13

    This book was cute and covered a rare topic!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-23 21:01

    Our son loved this beautiful books.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-30 21:51

    This is a very nice story about a Father and son who go out owling on a bright moonlit night. It is told from the boy's perspective, a good memory of a special time with his Dad. The illustrations are simple and muted, but do a great job of telling the story on their own. I thought this was a very interestng story, but our girls lost interest a few pages in. Oh well...This book was selected as one of the books for the July 2016- Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.September 2016 update: I watched a video of one of my fellow MLIS students read this book aloud to children and it was really sweet to revisit this heartfelt tale.

  • dianne
    2019-05-24 22:08

    i am clearing out my oversize library - with hundreds of children's books my children last read 20 years ago. Some, like this one, i didn't remember. It is a gorgeous, evocative walk in the silent winter woods; an almost sacred ritual to see a Great Horned Owl, maybe, as described by a girl on her first "owling". The description of the wait, first to be old enough, brave enough, quiet enough, warm enough - then for the hoped for silent, regal flight of an owl. Being urban for the majority of my life, those truly silent winter, snowy nights have been rare for me, but this beautifully, perfectly, illustrated book brought them back. Sit somewhere quiet and read it. It's almost a meditation.

  • (NS) Panagiota Angelos
    2019-05-24 20:07

    Owl Moon is a story about a young girl’s father who takes her “owling” for the first time. It is late at night and the girl and her father walk silently into the snowy forest hoping to soon hear an owl hoot. As they walk deeper and deeper into the woods, the father calls out “Whoo-whoo-whoo-whoooo” in hopes of baiting an owl into responding. Anxiously waiting to hear an owl they both stay silent as not to scare away any animals. This story is based on the author’s real life experiences. The author’s husband would take their children “owling”.Owl Moon was awarded the 1988 Caldecott Medal. I choose to read this book because I felt this was a classic I missed out on as a child. This book can be used to show students how to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. The text provides students the opportunity to use all their senses. For example, students can use their sense of hearing when the author writes: “Somewhere behind us a train whistle blew, long and low, like a sad, sad song.” Another example is how the author explains how she felt in the following passage, “I could feel the cold, as if someone’s icy hand was palm-down on my back. And my nose and the tops of my cheeks felt cold and hot at the same time.” Having students use their senses is a great comprehension strategy to create meaning from the text.

  • Christine
    2019-05-12 21:59

    This story is simple yet contemplative. It takes place during a snowy, moon lit, still night when a young child and a father walk in the woods looking for owls. The two are very quiet walking among the trees and throughout their entire time together. The story is really all about the time spent together between father and child. The watercolor illustrations in this book compliment the text and the picture of the owl was much more detailed than the rest. I think this was purposely done to emphasize the importance of their trip together and the time spent in nature looking for owls. Having listened to this book on while following along with the text, I felt as if I was there “owling” with them.While any age could enjoy this book, I think it would be appropriate for grades 1st-3rd to truly appreciate the subtle and descriptive nature of the story. This book reads like a poem, and would be great to use in the classroom when discussing word choice, personal narratives, and much more.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-05-18 22:10

    This is a popular Caldecott Medal awarding winning lovely tale of a child and father who go "owling" late at night, past bedtime.Told from the perspective of a child, there is wonderment in the cold, in the crunching of the snow, in the quietness of the land and the night sky.As the child notes the rules of owling -- one must be patient, one must accept the cold chill, one must be quiet -- he/she gently walks behind father who leads the way.Interestingly the gender of the child is not noted in the book. The images seem to indicate a girl, having a special time with her father.Leaving behind their farm, they venture into the wood. Listening and calling the owls, the father is successful in drawing an owl to them.This is a lovely book, well-written, with soft, clear words augmented by lovely images.Highly recommended.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-05-17 21:54

    I wish that I lived someplace where I could go owling (though I felt the chill of the cold and snow as I read this beautiful book). Maybe someday I will experience these things, but for now I'm content to read, to fall into the beautiful illustrations, to become almost hypnotized by the soft cadence of words upon the page. The child narrator truly makes the story. This is one of the more beautiful books I've enjoyed with the Caldecott challenge and I can't recommend it enough.

  • Hlee Moua
    2019-05-26 20:47

    Owl Moon was an enjoyable book. It was easy to read and follow along. This book again will be a great way to introduce snow and different climate to children that had not experience it before. Also, this book will be a great adventure for children to go owling and also introduce owls and night creatures to the children. I also love the connections between the father and daughter.

  • Karen
    2019-05-13 23:11

    A book we have read many times before but now that the kids are older they liked the book even more. Great to read before bedtime..krb 3/11/16Ellie read for November Pizza Hut Challenge..krb 11/16/16. She rates it 2 stars this time.

  • Darcy
    2019-05-02 02:57

    Well this was just lovely! Mom read me this story about a little girl who goes out "owling" with her dad late at night, while Dad held me up so I could see the illustrations. And good thing, too, because they were beautiful. This is Maggie-approved for cozy wintertime reading.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-05-16 03:10

    I like the illustrations in this book better than the story, which is about a young girl going out on a winter night to look for owls.

  • Regsly
    2019-04-26 01:44

    Those illustrations are just amazing, beautiful, touching... As is the story. Definitely a must.

  • Julie
    2019-05-09 20:45

    Beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner with poetic language and memorable phrases - "When you go owling you don't need words or warm or anything but hope." Loved it!

  • Danielle
    2019-05-18 21:05

    This book won the 1988 Caldecott Medal and is intended for children 3-8 years old. Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr wrote Owl Moon to show the relationship between father and daughter. I think that the age range for this book should be higher. The illustrations depict a wintery, realistic setting in the woods under the moonlight. The fictional story is written from a young girl’s point of view. The author uses figurative language throughout the story. Metaphors are used to describe the sounds and images the little girl sees and hears. The artwork contributed to my understanding of the story by the setting. The winter, night setting on a farm in the woods elicits a cold, dark night that almost seems calming. The author uses surrealism because the story has a dream-like fantasy. The illustrator uses watercolor and drawing to effectively depict soft edges. The forest was a dark blueish-gray which showed a neutral color scheme. The daughter was more bright and stood out more than the father. The cover of the book is the title in big font with a blue sky and the father and daughter standing in the snow with the moon bright in the background. The end papers are dark blueish-gray like the color scheme of the inside. There are double page illustrations that go through the gutter. The text is always in the snow, but the placement moves. The perspective of the story changes throughout because it shows a bird’s eye view and an eye level view. I liked reading this book because it was a descriptive and had great illustrations. I think the theme was unclear, but in my opinion it was about perseverance and continuing to call the owls until they called back. In sharing this story, I would read it before bedtime. It seems like a nighttime book because of the calming mood. Also I would share the possible theme of perseverance with a class.

  • Kenny
    2019-05-18 19:59

    This is a book about a girl that has the opportunity to go out with her father and go Owling. Owling is basically going out to a forest and doing owl calls to attract the owl towards you so you can get a good look at an owl. It is the girls first time seeing an owl and she describes her experience.The little girl goes out into the forest and hears nothing and can only see the dark trees in the forest, but the main idea is to explain what she learns in the forest. She learns that you don't need anything but hope, hope is all you need, the little girl hoped to see a owl and with her hope she found an owl and got to experience what is like to stair and observe an owl. In the book the most important conclusion is that all you need is hope. The book symbolizes the owl as hope, the father said "The kind of hope that flies on silent wings under a shining Owl Moon."(Yolen 29). I really liked the book it had awesome description and told a good story, but I did get lost in the book because I don't get how the Owl symbolized hope. The author i felt that they reached there goal, the book was entertaining because the book told us you don't need anything but hope and they did this by using great description. The writing was informative it taught us a lesson that you can only learn once in your life and this book explained it perfectly to the reader. The book left me with the impression that I could hope more and to go for greater things. I would recommend this book to a younger person between the ages of fife and ten to inform them that you need to hope to strive towards your goals.

  • Emma Couch
    2019-05-17 02:12

    Owl Moon is a great read because it is rich with descriptive language that makes it feel almost poetic. The language sets up the setting of the book really nicely. This book portrays a great relationship between a child and their father. I remember reading this book with my parents before bed time quite a few times so rereading it as an adult brought me great joy and memories of being a child. The watercolor illustrations are simple but tie the book together nicely. The contrast between the dark night and the bright snow express the cold of the winter night. Although the illustrations of the book portray such a cold atmosphere the story is very heart warming. I would use this book in my classroom in a lesson about setting. Students could listen to the book without seeing any of its pictures and draw out the setting as they listen.