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Owl Moon

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Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 23rd 1987 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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I have actually read this book when I was a child, but now I have finally got the chance to re-read this book again! “Owl Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Jane Yolen along with illustrations by John Schoenherr and it is about how a young girl goes out with her father to see an owl and experiences the magic of looking at owls all in one night. “Owl Moon” will easily be treasured by many children for years to come!

One late winter night, a girl and her father decided to go out to se
As a teenager (after we had moved to an acreage outside of Calgary, Alberta), I used to go out by myself on cold and clear winter nights with binoculars to observe the moon and stars and listen for coyotes. Reading this lovely little gem of a picture book (and looking at the snowy and peaceful illustrations) gives a similar sensation, cold, yet warm all the same, silent, mysterious, where every sound (and even the very silence) is music and the atmosphere pure delight. Both Jane Yolen's narrativ ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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 beau
Dec 02, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story of a child's first time searching for owls with Father. It brings a beautiful sense of nature and a cold winter night, made warm by the camaraderie of the pair and the child's excitement at finally being able to accompany father on this "grown-up" adventure. The writing style was my favorite part--I thought it was very lyrical and I really enjoyed some of the diction selections; it was unusual without being jarring and really helped convey the mood, IMO.

I didn't like
Lisa Vegan
Nov 15, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who like simple stories and nature/owls
On reread (11/15/10) I’m tempted to change this from 4 to 3 stars, but I guess I’ll leave it.

The watercolor paintings are lovely, just beautiful. However, the father’s facial expression was too fierce for my tastes. So was the owl’s but it seemed fitting for a magnificent wild bird. But, all the paintings highlight the dark, the cold, the quiet so perfectly.

The story is very simple and sedate and I figure some children will like it and some will be bored, or scared. If the father’s expression an
Wilhelmina Jenkins
Apr 10, 2010 Wilhelmina Jenkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
How did I leave this book off of my list? My grandson and I read this book at least 3 times a week for months and months. I absolutely love the language, the atmosphere, EVERYTHING about this book.
Melissa Coyle
A sweet adventure when a father takes his daughter owling on a cold winter's night. The illustrations by John Schoenherr are wonderful watercolors.
Jan 05, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
We loved this book! What a fun idea! To go on an owl walk! The illustrations were beautiful too! The kids loved it! Great read!
Crystal Marcos
Dec 20, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it
The story of Owl Moon takes place in the bitter cold of the late night hours yet it is a special heartwarming read. I enjoyed the story of the little girl and her father on their owling trip. I never heard of owling until I read this book. I feel I know all about the special outings now. The author gave such a great description. It was also interesting to read that both the author and illustrator had gone owling.

Although this is a Caldecott Medal winner, I am not particularly fond of the illustr
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
Oct 07, 2009 (NS) Panagiota Angelos rated it really liked it
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Owl Moon is a story about a young girl’s father who takes her “owling” for the first time. It is late at night and the girl and her father walk silently into the snowy forest hoping to soon hear an owl hoot. As they walk deeper and deeper into the woods, the father calls out “Whoo-whoo-whoo-whoooo” in hopes of baiting an owl into responding. Anxiously waiting to hear an owl they both stay silent as not to scare away any animals. This story is based on the author’s real life experiences. The auth ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
This story is simple yet contemplative. It takes place during a snowy, moon lit, still night when a young child and a father walk in the woods looking for owls. The two are very quiet walking among the trees and throughout their entire time together. The story is really all about the time spent together between father and child. The watercolor illustrations in this book compliment the text and the picture of the owl was much more detailed than the rest. I think this was purposely done to emphasi ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
A book we have read many times before but now that the kids are older they liked the book even more. Great to read before bedtime..krb 3/11/16
Apr 13, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Owl Moon is a great book that relaxes you as you are reading it. You are getting the feeling of clam that the little girl describes the forest and how her and Pa are walking through the forest as quite as they can be. The little girl went with her Pa for the first time to go owling. Her brothers and her father told her how to exactly go owling so she does not scare the owls away. She would have thoughts she wanted to ask her Pa but she knew she had to stay quite. Her detail on her first experien ...more
Chris Meads
Feb 25, 2015 Chris Meads rated it it was amazing
In this bedtime read, we get our first sight of the farm below with two people tromping through the snow. The moon is out making the area bright and it's the first time the young girl is out owling with her father. She knows the rule to be very quiet. Once they get to the woods, the father calls out "Whooo, whooo, who, who, who, whoooooo" and doesn't get a response. Both continue their walk and come to a small meadow with snow as "white as a bowl of milk." Again he calls out and is answered the ...more
Keani Meier
Nov 23, 2014 Keani Meier rated it it was ok
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Owl Moon
By Jane Yolen
The pages in the book were beautiful even though only a few colors were represented mostly shades and layers of 6 different colors (Black, gray, blue, red, brown and white). The image told the story just as much as the words. The detail on the Owl was amazing.
A father and child were taking a walk in the forest on a cold winter night. They were looking for owls. The Father and child call for owls but other than that they had to be very quiet, only than the Owls called back
Kristine Hansen
Sep 02, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
I wish that I lived someplace where I could go owling (though I felt the chill of the cold and snow as I read this beautiful book). Maybe someday I will experience these things, but for now I'm content to read, to fall into the beautiful illustrations, to become almost hypnotized by the soft cadence of words upon the page. The child narrator truly makes the story.

This is one of the more beautiful books I've enjoyed with the Caldecott challenge and I can't recommend it enough.
Stephanie Cahill
Owl Moon is a very cute and simple children’s book. It start off a little boy narrating his and his dads experience in the woods. It is a dark cold night and the little boy walked eagerly with his father through the snow. They couldn't make a sound, or it would scare off the owls. The little boy’s father called out to the owls and waited for a response. The first couple times it was silent. But after patiently waiting, they are surprised by an expected visitor.

Many elements in this story classif
Jessica Aguilar
Apr 17, 2016 Jessica Aguilar rated it it was amazing
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a story that surrounds a little girl and her father as they go out into the night to look for an owl that only goes out in the winter. The story is very detailed in following their hunt for the owl and entails many of the actions any child would do if they were to go on a hunt with their parent to look for an owl or any animal. When it came to the realistic fiction aspects of the story, the many aspects one would find in the genre were included. The setting was both det ...more
Edwin Reyes
Apr 17, 2016 Edwin Reyes rated it it was ok
My personal opinion on Owl Moon was not anything special. The book didn't really appeal to me. There was nothing that ever grabbed my attention or caught my interest. The story is about a little girl and her father. They are outside walking through the snow. Obviously a colder environment so they are layered up keeping warm. The little girl is telling the story. She explains how they are looking for owls.

The story begins when they leave their cabin for the search. The girls describes the snow,
Jeanene DeFine
Apr 16, 2016 Jeanene DeFine rated it it was amazing
The story of Owl Moon begins with a father and daughter taking a walk in the moonlight to the forest. They are on a search for an owl. They walk silently and hoped they'd find an owl. They come to a clearing and her father stops. He puts his hands to his mouth and begins the hoot, whooooo, whooooo. They wait silently for an answer. There was no answer so they walked on. It is cold and dark and the trees stand tall and silent. The snow crunches under their feet. They stop again and her father cal ...more
Melissa Overland-mckay
Apr 14, 2016 Melissa Overland-mckay rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool - Kindergarten Students
Late one, cold, winter night a boy and his father set out on a midnight adventure owling. They go into the night on a search to see an owl, with no talking, no warmth, and no moaning, only hope. Hope that they will see an owl that flies with silent wings under the owl moon.

This story is a realistic fiction, about a family tradition and they beautiful nature around us. In great detail, this story paints a picture of the father and son adventure. This story according to the textbook; Children’s
Courtney Spicer
Apr 14, 2016 Courtney Spicer rated it liked it

Yolen, J. (1987). Owl moon. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

Owl Moon tells the story of a young child who has waited a lifetime to go owling with father, determined to walk in his footsteps as quietly and patiently as possible. You must be very quiet in the silent snow, walking through the dark shadows, waiting to hear the call of the owl. The child knows this is the first time to experience this bonding experience that focuses on father and child. Together they walk through the night and call out
Apr 12, 2015 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very nice story about a Father and son who go out owling on a bright moonlit night. It is told from the boy's perspective, a good memory of a special time with his Dad.

The illustrations are simple and muted, but do a great job of telling the story on their own. I thought this was a very interestng story, but our girls lost interest a few pages in. Oh well...
Amy Werdenberg
Apr 17, 2016 Amy Werdenberg rated it it was amazing
Owl Moon is a sweet story about a young child who is excited to finally go owling with her Pa. It is a cold, still night as they quietly tromp through the snowy woods, calling to, and listening for, owls. As a reader I felt like I was along for the adventure but we must remember to be very quiet: that’s the rule about owling.

This is a timeless tale in a vague location: the timing could be now or a hundred years ago. The setting could be any rural farm from the Midwest to the Appalachia. The loca
Karlie Jamieson
Apr 13, 2016 Karlie Jamieson rated it really liked it
This story is about a little girl who goes owling one late, cold night with her father. Walking through the woods, trudging through the snow, the little girl is not disappointed when upon the first call of whoo-whoo-whoo, silence is the only response. She is simply happy to finally be on this venture with her father. It is a very short story that focuses on a bond and companionship of a daughter and her father.

I think that this story really depicted realistic fiction because it enabled the daug
Mari Miyagi
Sep 18, 2015 Mari Miyagi rated it it was amazing
I loved how Jane Yolen used a lot of figurative language, which made me engage in a lot of visualizing using all of my five senses. I think I would use this book for a 2nd grade poetry unit teaching similes and/or small moment unit to teach adding more detail using the five senses. Last year I couldn't find a better book that included many similes so I could show my students how similes were used, but Owl Moon is perfect for the language teaching purpose too. I would also use this book when teac ...more
Molly Medaille
Apr 17, 2016 Molly Medaille rated it it was amazing
This story begins with a father and daughter duo venturing out into the woods at night in search of an owl. On multiple occasions the father calls out using the own call, but they do not see anything. When they are near the end of their journey, the father calls out one more time and an owl calls back. It then flies to a branch right near them and they just look at it for a good amount of time. The father and daughter then go back home with a new story to tell.
This book would qualify as realisti
Feb 10, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Those special moments when you get “alone time” with a parent; every child longs for those cherished moments. In Owl Moon a father is taking his daughter on her first “owling” walk through the woods at night. The little girl is proud and excited to experience this tradition with her dad that her older brothers have already done. You know she is proud as she knows not to talk and to withstand the cold, because she is brave and “old” enough to do this. This will lead many young readers into reflec ...more
Jack Keeney
Apr 17, 2016 Jack Keeney rated it liked it
Owl moon features the classic story line of a son finally growing old enough to go out and do things with his father. They go on an adventure in to the woods to perform a task known as "owling". The boy is very proud to be doing this with his father, even bringing up the stories his brothers had told him before his trip to show his excitement. The boy and his father go deep in to the woods making owl calls hoping to spot and owl.

The story is told through the thoughts of the boy. This is done to
Apr 16, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner with poetic language and memorable phrases - "When you go owling you don't need words or warm or anything but hope." Loved it!
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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