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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Jane Yolen

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Title:Owl Moon
Authors:Jane Yolen
Info:Philomel (1987), Edition: -, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)

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Owl Moon is a book about a child and their father going owl searching on a cold winter's night. The pair begins the search by walking through the wintery landscape. They are bundled up for the weather, and the images lead to a crisp, frigid day. They eventually find an owl, up high in the tree, and the pair finds satisfaction in the journey.
This book resonated with me because of the bonding time between a child and father. My father took me jogging as a child, and that time was just ours. The child in the book had heard stories from his/her siblings about the time spent with the dad, and was excited to join him in the search for the owl.
I read this book to a kindergarten class, and we incorporated science into the lesson. We talked about birds and the different types of wings birds have to help them sneak up on prey. I could have also used this book during the winter for a snow lesson or a winter animal lesson. We stopped at different points in the story to use our critical thinking skills. ( )
  mt911914 | Aug 25, 2015 |
Perhaps being a born and raised Alaskan influences my decision, but an overall beautiful book filled with written and illustrated imagery.
  Amyinalaska | Jul 27, 2015 |
This is a story about a father and his daughter/children that he takes on walks to go owl hunting. These walks are for this father to spend quiet quality time with his daughter on this occasion. Even though it was cold, that did not matter the time spent would forever be priceless.

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I did like the meaning behind the book, looking at the title I thought that it was going to be about owls in comparison to the moon. I was very pleased to read that is was about quality time with your children.

1. Have the children construct a poster with similar things in the story.
2. Have the children write down things that they do with their parents that are special.
3. Try to come up with our own Owl Moon story with the children's ideas. ( )
  olivyahall | Jul 8, 2015 |
Owl Moon is one of my all time favorites! I have used it every year in my 2nd grade class during writing workshop to show a wonderful example of small moment writing. I absolutely melt while reading the descriptive language and the use of similes (the snow was as white as the milk in a cereal bowl). You really feel as if you are going on this journey through the woods with the characters. Even my 2 year old daughter loves hearing me read it to her and joins in when we do our owl calls! The last page is my favorite... It's like a final message you can take away with you. A message directed towards owling, but something we can take and use in our own lives daily (you can find a poster of it on Pinterest- I printed it and hung it in my room!)
  LindsayReeves | Jun 11, 2015 |
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! ( )
  jljaina | May 16, 2015 |
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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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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 is late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling.
We watched silently with heat in our mouths, the heat of all those words we had not spoken.
When you go owling you don't 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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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.

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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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