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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
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Owl Moon (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator)

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Member:Craigrugby
Title:Owl Moon
Authors:Jane Yolen
Other authors:John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
Info:Philomel (1987), Edition: 4th Printing, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:K-2nd Grade Readers, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Picture Books
Rating:***1/2
Tags:relationships, nature, winter, family traditions

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)

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I like the point of view of a young girl. A nice, descriptive story about the quiet way to explore nature. ( )
  kparr | Oct 28, 2018 |
This book can be used to teach how students can use description and sound in their writing. ( )
  darbyhunter1 | Oct 16, 2018 |
This picture book is an older story (1987), about a young girl and her father on a journey in search of owls. This is a great story to show adventure and a strong bond between a daughter and her father.
  courtneytosto | Oct 15, 2018 |
My mom used to read this aloud to me in a soft voice. Simply gorgeous.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Classic read aloud with an engaging story and vivid illustrations. ( )
  DMPrice | Jul 26, 2018 |
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Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature)
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. 1987, Philomel, $15.95. Ages 3 to 7.
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Kenneth Marantz (The Five Owls, March/April 1988 (Vol. 2, No. 4))
The author of Owl Moon is one of the rarer breed of writers who take seriously the demanding task of creating texts for picture books without pandering. Although the story of going into a snow-blanketed forest with a full moon illuminating the darkness in search of an owl is told by a sixish-year-old girl, much of the syntax and vocabulary is adult. It's as if a woman were telling us (using the present tense) of a fondly remembered high point of her childhood. The parent-child bonding shines clearly between the lines as the pair trudge silently, attending to the woodsy stillness and listening for the "whoooo" that signals success. Simple but convincing, the warmth of the experience is kindled by the sensitively chosen words. Schoenherr's transparent watercolors take advantage of the white paper by evoking images of moonlight-splashed fields and luminescent patches of night sky. Father and daughter are honestly painted figures animated by strategically drawn black lines. Barest backgrounds are like stage flats, suggestions of pine trees. The text is set in short-lined vertical blocks in white spaces left barren for the purpose on the double-page spreads. Overall, the visual setting is competent, although the use of a heavily glazed paper destroys much of the subtlety of the watercolor medium. But the realism of the paintings fails to take proper advantage of the emotional content of the words. 1987, Philomel, $13.95. Ages 4 to 8.

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Schoenherr, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For my husband, David, who took all of our children owling —J. Y.
To my granddaughter, Nyssa, for when she is old enough to go owling. —J. S.
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It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling.
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We watched silently with heat in our mouths, the heat of all those words we had not spoken.
When you go owling you donʼt need words or warm or anything but hope.
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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."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399214577, Hardcover)

Among the greatest charms of children is their ability to view a simple activity as a magical adventure. Such as a walk in the woods late at night. Jane Yolen captures this wonderment in a book whose charm rises from its simplicity. "It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling." The two walked through the woods with nothing but hope and each other in a journey that will fascinate many a child. John Schoenherr's illustrations help bring richness to the countryside adventure. The book won the 1988 Caldecott Medal.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:16 -0400)

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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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