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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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This is a realistic fiction story about a young child (named boy/girl) who goes owl watching with his or her dad in the dark early hours one winter morning. This book is about a shared experience with a child and father.

Teaching Connections: realistic fiction genre study, simile lesson, setting description lesson, predicting, ivsulizing, summarizing, making connections, inferencing, asking questions.

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  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
A father and child go owling on a cold, winter night. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the language was very descriptive. For instance, "Our feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed us." Four of the five senses are provoked in this single sentence (hearing, sight, touch, and smell). Second, the language was patterned. Throughout the book the child says a variety of phrases that begin with, "When you go owling you have to be..." This pattern describes what the child is learning about owling along their journey. The overall message is to be patient. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 11, 2016 |
a young child goes on a walk with their father in the snow during the early morning and find an owl.
very descriptive book
4 books
  TUCC | Dec 2, 2016 |
This is a great personal narrative. It showed great illustrations. It also explains a great story of a father and daughter owl watching. ( )
  farrarsmith | Nov 15, 2016 |
I really liked this book for many reasons. One reason I really enjoyed this book was because of the type of language that the author used. The authors language was very descriptive and he used things such as similes and metaphors. For example when the author was trying to explain the snow on the ground the book said, the snow didn't look like snow at all it rather looks like smooth milk. I liked that a lot because when I was reading it and looking at the pictures I was thinking about milk and the way that the snow was made me compare the two. This book made me really think, compare and connect. I loved the characters in the book because they were so realistic and easy to relate to. Since the book describes and child and their father going on a trip to find owls like the child's father and brothers do every year. When reading the book you can tell that the child has never been on this trip before because they always said "my brothers told me about this" and "I was so excited to go owling", Children who are reading this can easily relate to a time they went somewhere or did something special with their parent or a member in their family. Lastly I really enjoyed the pictures in the book . The illustrations were not very vibrant but the colors used went along with what was being written about for example when the author wrote about the dark forest, the illustrations used colors like black, or grey. The illustrations were also very detailed and fun to look at when reading. I would say that the big idea of this book would be that if you are patient, things will come to you over time. That is the message of the book because since the father and child waited and waited for the owl to come at the end it finally came.
  MackenzieVenezia | Nov 11, 2016 |
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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 was 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 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.

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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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