Owl Moon
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Owl Moon

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by Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr
     
 

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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

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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, 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 relatiohship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading alound and sharing at bedtime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. Bundled tight in wool clothes, they trudge through snow ``whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl''; here and there, hidden in ink-blue shadows, a fox, raccoon, fieldmouse and deer watch them pass. An air of expectancy builds as Pa imitates the Great Horned Owl's call once without answer, then again. From out of the darkness ``an echo/ came threading its way/ through the trees.'' Schoenherr's watercolor washes depict a New England few readers see: the bold stare of a nocturnal owl, a bird's-eye view of a farmhouse. In harmony with the art, the melodious text brings to life an unusual countryside adventure. Ages 2-6. (November)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as they take a nighttime stroll to look for owls. Complemented by award winning soft exquisite watercolor illustrations. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime. 1988 Caldecott Medal, Notable Children's Book, Reading Rainbow selection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399214578
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
24,777
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother.

Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration—folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts.

All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille.

With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Owl Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. Bundled tight in wool clothes, they trudge through snow 'whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl' here and there, hidden in ink-blue shadows, a fox, raccoon, field mouse and deer watch them pass. An air of expectancy builds as Pa imitates the Great Horned Owl's call once without answer, then again. From out of the darkness 'an echo/ came threading its way/ through the trees.' Schoenherr's watercolor washes depict a New England few readers see: the bold stare of a nocturnal owl, a bird's-eye view of a farmhouse. In harmony with the art, the melodious text brings to life an unusual countryside adventure. John Schoenherr's illustrations help bring richness to the countryside adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a lovely book. The story about an wintry adventure shared by a young girl and her father is enchanting and charming. The illustrations are beautiful and carry out the story well. My grandchildren and I will enjoy reading this book over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be a "collector's item" for children to own and love, and to pass on to their own children.
sensationalsecondgraders More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Owl Moon you would love it,like I do. It is about a kid and his father going owling. Owling is going to look for owls in the night. There were all kinds of animals in the illustrations like wolves and birds. They are outstanding. The details are outstanding too. The author told me what it felt like being so cold in the woods. It made me feel as cold as they were when he said "I could feel the cold as if someone's hand was icy palm-down was on my back." Even though it would be cold going owling i would still go. if you ever go owling make sure it's a full moon so you coul dsee in the woods.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun book to read for a class. It's really timeless and spooky at the same time. Childern have a blast with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The well-known Caldecott Medal Award Winner Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is obviously worthy of this award for its captivating illustrations and its heartwarming story of a little girl and her father spending quality time together going owling. The setting takes place in the country. This captivating story is sure to capture the hearts of young readers. This story falls into the category of contemporary realism. This book is age appropriate for ages four to eight years. The mood of the characters in the story seem to be content. The story is told from the little girl¿s point of view. The way the little girl tells the story automatically captures the hearts of the audience. The characters in the story are essentially static since they don¿t change throughout the story. The main theme of the story is that the little girl has always wanted to go owling with her father and finally gets that chance. She describes the quiet walk through the woods. She waits with her father with anticipation for an owl to come out. The plot of this book is linear. The author of this stunning success, Jane Yolen, is a very successful author. Jane Yolen was inspired to write Owl Moon by her husband and children since they often went owling together. Jane Yolen resides in Massachusetts with her family. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1987.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of her brothers had gone owling, yet she still hadn¿t. So late one winter night, her father takes her owling. She knows that ¿sometimes there¿s an owl and sometimes there isn¿t,¿ but she remains silent in hopes that she will see one. Owl Moon is an amazing book for children as well as people of all ages. The father and the little girl in this book depict what a good real life father-daughter bonding relationship could be like. From the owling trip that the girl and the father in this book take, you can even learn how to go owling yourself. This book also teaches you some real life values that you learn as a child, and then hold on to all through life. A couple of these values are to respect nature and to always have hope for the future. Jane Yolen lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, and together they have three children and six grandchildren. She originally considered herself a poet and a journalist/nonfiction writer, but to her own surprise, she became a children¿s book writer instead. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books, 1987. RL: Ages 4-8, Grades PreK-3
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our daughter loves this book! The story is timeless and spooky (for the audience) at the same time. Love it.
Courtney Dunaway 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think this book would be great to read to children because it shows a positive relationship between a father and a daughter which can be hard to come by in children's literature. Additionally, it describes a coming of age story in which the daughter is finally old enough to go owling with her father, which she has been waiting for excitedly. The poetic language and devices that Yolen uses in the book make the seemingly simple story come alive with beauty and anticipation. I would recommend this book to everyone, even adults, because of the wonderful imagery that the author is able to convey.
The-Roaring-Reader More than 1 year ago
Owl Moon is a wonderful story of a daughter going with her father to find the owl in the light of the moon. The stillness and imagery of the book is captivating. Filled with wonderful literacy the book can be appreciated by both children and adults. The story itself is not only breathtaking but the illustrations are entrancing. One can feel the ice cold air and hear the crunch of the snow from not only the authors imagery but from the detailed pictures. Overall is a great read and is pleasing to look at.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually I only enjoy children's books if there are under 15 words on the page. However this one is truly something special to share with your child.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
The author and illustrator have successfully conveyed the awe one feels at seeing these birds close up in the wild. With their long wing-span they are huge when flying, silently, from tree to tree, not very far above one's head . This is a highly successful book about an awe-inspiring animal. ..  
Rosy_Reader More than 1 year ago
Exceptional story gorgeously illustrated. Worth every nickel you spend on it. I've purchased/gifted over 10 copies for family and friends and still don't have one of my own - but not for long! It is a feel good, cuddle up and enjoy story to share.
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persdchiu More than 1 year ago
Just a good story to read to my daughter. I hope I could take her out for owling in the next winter, she is just two year old now.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl and her dad brave the cold, wintry weather to go to the woods to find the great horned owl and along the way see many other animals. A great story of a girl and her dad with something interesting to do together.