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Owl Moon, the timeless and beautiful award-winning classic, is celebrating its twentieth year of charming and delighting children the world over. This touching story of a child and parent finding magic and adventure in a simple, snowy nighttime search for the great horned owl won the Caldecott Award in 1988. With letters from author Jane Yolen and artist John Schoenherr, and a stunning silvery cover, this celebratory edition is a treasure for longtime fans, and introduces a ...

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Overview

Owl Moon, the timeless and beautiful award-winning classic, is celebrating its twentieth year of charming and delighting children the world over. This touching story of a child and parent finding magic and adventure in a simple, snowy nighttime search for the great horned owl won the Caldecott Award in 1988. With letters from author Jane Yolen and artist John Schoenherr, and a stunning silvery cover, this celebratory edition is a treasure for longtime fans, and introduces a whole new generation to this beautiful book.

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399214578
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 13,937
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

JaneYolen lives in Massachusetts.

John Schoenherr lives in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Owl Moon

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Owl Moon

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    A Treasure for All Ages

    This will be a "collector's item" for children to own and love, and to pass on to their own children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    A Perfect Winter Book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Owling

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott Winner!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Owl Moon Review

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Who?

    Our daughter loves this book! The story is timeless and spooky (for the audience) at the same time. Love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Owl Moon is a wonderful story of a daughter going with her fathe

    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.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A wonderful and loving adventure

    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.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    The author and illustrator have successfully conveyed the awe on

    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. ..  

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Exceptional story gorgeously illustrated. Worth every nickel you

    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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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    very warm winter story

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Owl Moon

    This book is about a young girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. He two bundled up trug through snow ¿whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl¿. They call to the owl and in the distance ¿an echo came through the woods threading its way through the trees¿. You can then see through the eyes of the owl. Read the book to see what the owl see, and how he lives his life. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. England: Liber Press, 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Owl Moon

    The phrase, 'When you go out owling you don't need words' sets a standard for this book. A little girl and her Pa go owling in hopes of seeing one. The little girl had always dreamed of going owling with her Pa. She states, 'I had been waiting to go....for a long, long time'. I didn't particularly care for this book too much. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. Philomel Books, 1987.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    What a great story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Owl Moon

    ¿It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when pa and I went owling.¿ As the little boy and his pa make their way through the woods in the cold they heard the sounds of trains and dogs. Their ¿feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed.¿ While they were walking through the woods there was not any talking allowed. ¿If you go owling you have to be quiet,¿ said the little boy. The first time pa stopped to call out to an owl they didn¿t have any luck. The little boy knew, ¿sometimes there¿s an owl and sometimes there isn¿t.¿ They walked on in the very cold trying to make their own heat. As they moved through the dark shadows in the middle of the night they ¿came to a dark clearing in the woods.¿ Pa stopped and called out to the owls again. Will they ever get a response back from an owl or will they return home. She was born on February 11, 1939 in New York City. Her and her brother created a newspaper for their apartment. Jane and her brother wrote the articles and interviewed their neighbors. Her mother typed up the copies. The papers were sold for five cents usually to the same neighbors they had interviewed. ¿Five cents bought a lot of candy and comic books back in the day,¿ said Jane. She went to Smith College and by the end of her four years, she ¿was president of the Press Board, won all the poetry writing awards, the journalism award¿and wrote the lyrics to the class musical as well as starring in our senior show.¿ She has written more than 280 books. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. England: Liber Press, 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Owl Moon Review

    Caldecott Book Title: Owl Moon Reading Level: Third Grade 3.2 Genre: Fiction About the Author: Jane Yolen, Philomel author of Touch Magic and Neptune Rising, is one of today¿s most versatile and distinguished writers of books of young readers, acclaimed for her poetry, humorous fiction, fantasy and folk tales, and novels for young adults. Owl Moon has a been a particular pleasure for her to write, since her husband, David Stemple, frequently went owling on winter nights with their three children, Heidi, Adam and Jason, near their rural Massachusetts home with the same anticipation and excitement as the characters in this story. Book Review: ¿Owl Moon¿ is a story about a special companionship of a young girl and her father who go owling. ¿It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling.¿ This beautifully written story takes us through the cold, snowy woods late at night with a father and daughter as they look for a Great Horned Owl. ¿The shadows were the blackest things I had ever seen.¿ From out of the darkness ¿an echo came threading its way through the trees.¿ This is a wonderful story about the wonders of nature and a memorable time a young girl has with her father. She also conquers some of her fears and learns about growing up. This story is a good family story that I would recommend for parents to share with their children. Bibliographic Information: Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books, a division of The Putnam & Grosset Group, 1987.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    Caldecott Winner!

    One moonlit night a girl and her father enter the woods in search of owls. They leave their warm house and enter the cold and dark woods through the deep snow. The father calls for an owl and soon yields a surprising result. What was the surprise? Read to find out! The reading level for this book is preschool and the book is a fantasy fiction. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. NY: Philomel. 1987.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Owl Moon

    The book ¿Owl Moon¿ by Jane Yolen was published in 1987, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1988. Illustrations, which are skillfully done, are by John Schoenherr. Yolen was born in New York City on February 11, 1939 and now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College, but later attended the University of Massachusetts to receive a Master¿s degree in education. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for twenty five years. Yolen is a distinguished author of more than 200 books. ¿Owl Moon¿ is about a young child and her father who go on an adventure in the woods to search for a Great Horned Owl on a cold, moonlit winter evening. While on their journey, the child¿s father calls out for an owl ¿Whoo-whoo-who-who-who-whoooooo,¿ but they had no luck. They continued to search and crunch through the snow. The child¿s father howls out once again, and this time something screeches back at them. Could it be the owl they have been searching for? I think this book is wonderful, and it allows a child respect the quiet, soothing pace of nature. The story is presented in a quiet fashion, which makes it very peaceful to read. Not only are the illustrations captivating, but they also go with the story perfectly. Throughout the illustrations, you are able to spot out different animals in the woods, and this also makes the story very enjoyable for children. Yolen writes, ¿When you go owling, you don¿t need words or warm or anything but hope.¿ I really think this is a wonderful quote from the book because it gives a moral lesson to children that they should never give up and that hope is all a person truly needs. The reading level for this book is third grade, and the grade level is second grade, nine month. Yolen, Jane. Schoenherr, John. Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books, 1987.

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