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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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The writing style in this book was very engaging and interesting. I very much liked the tension that the book gave off of the father and daughter having to be quiet and not talk while looking for the owl. The pictures in this book are just beautiful and display a great picture of what is going on in the story. While looking at the pictures, the reader gets a pretty accurate of what is going on as well as from when reading the story gets the extra dramatic feel from the story. This book is sweet and the students in the lower grades will love it.
  MacyMoonshower | Sep 25, 2016 |
This book is great for students. It's all about being quiet and spending time with someone. It is also about finding a spectacular animal that you have to be quiet to find. ( )
  haleyr03 | Sep 25, 2016 |
Great story that emphasizes the underlying message of spending quality time with those you love dearly. A sweet bedtime story for parents to read to their children. ( )
  morgansmith32 | Sep 19, 2016 |
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr is a great book to read to children who are focusing on inner dialogue in stories. It is taught that children will relate more to a story when they are reading one where the child is talking. This book focuses on a child who cannot wait to spend quality time with his father. The story is told from not only the child but very accurately from his/her perspective. The child opens the story up by describing the time of night as "past my bedtime." Anytime that kids can stay up past their bedtime is a good time. This grabs the attention of the kids who are reading it and they are brought into the shoes of the main character. The illustration in the story are amazing as well. The child describes the woods as the "blackest thing I have ever seen." This is followed by dark and scary woods that over shadow the child in the picture. It creates an element of fear and bravery once the child goes in with his "Pa." The big idea of this story is that spending time with family may seem ordinary for the "Pa who goes about his business as usual, but to the children, it can be one of the most magical nights of their lives. It is something that they may never forget and even go on to write a book about. Every new experience to a child is new and magical, so it is important to let the child experience as many things as possible. ( )
  Conor_Thackston | Sep 19, 2016 |
I really like this book because is vividly gives an interesting, mysterious, and beautiful depiction of nature, especially on a snowy night. I love how it shows a special tradition and the bond between a father and daughter. The soft illustrations go perfectly with the soft story of the two.
  makensiecowart | Sep 12, 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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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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