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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
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 23rd 1987 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Amelia I don't think we ever know. The child I read it to said, "Kate".

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Ronyell
Moon

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
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Jamie
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
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Kathryn
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
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 15, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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.
Wilhelmina Jenkins
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.
midnightfaerie
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!
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
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
Christine
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
Crystal Marcos
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
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Chris Meads
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
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
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Dolly
Apr 12, 2015 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I like the illustrations in this book better than the story, which is about a young girl going out on a winter night to look for owls.
Pam
Genre: Nature, Realistic Fiction
Role of illustrations in this book: The illustrations do a wonderful job of expanding the text by helping you to feel the setting more realistically. The coldness feels colder and the darkness feels darker with the richness of the illustrations.
Age appropriate for: Ages 5 to adult.

SYNOPSIS:
Characters: A little girl and her Dad.
Plot: On a freezing cold winter night a little girl finally gets to go owling with her Dad. They trudge through the snow into the forest
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Vrinda
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a contemporary realistic fiction book. It won the Caldecott Medal, and is intended for Primary (P) readers. It is the story of a little girl who goes owling one late, cold night with her Pa. 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.

The little girl’s high spirits is endearing, and wou
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Amy
1) Genre: Contemporary Picture Book

2) Late on a winter night, a young girl and her father go owling. Their experience is simply not limited to just spotting an owl, but a creation of an undeniable bond between father and daughter.

3) Critique:

a) The major strength of this book is the usage of similes that add to the imagery of the content and pictures.

b) If used correctly, similes definitely add to the story because the comparison is often made more realistic to the story. For example, in the op
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Katie
After waiting for a long time, a young girl finally gets her first chance to travel with her father through a winter wonderland, set at night, to go owling. The young girl scurries in the cold to keep up with her father as they head into the deep dark woods, but never once complains because she knows she must keep quiet, make her own warmth, and stay brave in order to go owling. No words are needed. To keep her from disappointment, her brothers warn her that sometimes there is an owl, and someti ...more
Joseph Lapierre
Owl Moon was a book that I had to read twice it was a book that just couldnt be read once. I read it once in our reading class and once outside of class. Owl Moon was just as great the second time as it was the first time. Throughout the book I felt like this father son/daughter outting was a right of passage for a young being before the transition to young/adulthood. During the reading I tried to remember if I had a type of passage that my father did with me while growing up and as I look back ...more
Taylor Destito

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr is an amazing book. The language and imagery used by Yolen make you feel as if you’re escaping into the novel. As a reader who has never been owling, I feel like I know what the experience feels like. One detail I liked is how Yolen repeated throughout the story the importance of being silent. For some reason that stuck out to me because it reminded me of the emptiness of the forest, yet at the same time it’s not so empty if you really lo

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Miranda Jones
Jane Yolen's book "Owl Moon" is an enchanting story of a young girl venturing into the woods with her father to catch a glimpse of an owl. I loved how Yolen painted this majestic picture of the woods during the wintertime. The words were poetically written on the pages, which flowed well with the beautiful illustrations by John Schoenherr. These pictures worked very well with the written words because the face-less figures and watercolor artwork added to the mystery. Yolen's storytelling wasn't ...more
Correen

"When you go owling you have to be brave." Good advice for life!

"For one minute, three minutes, maybe even a hundred minutes we stared at each other." Who hasn't been in that kind of relationship, a bit like three cups of tea.

The pictures were lovely but it was the story that captured me. They took me back to my childhood in rural Minnesota where we heard and occasionally saw an owl. It was always mysterious and thrilling. I could see those owls with the eyes of a child as I read the story.

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Makenzie Sliva
Owl Moon was a touching story about a daughter and her father that go in search of an owl in the woods. The Illustrations in the book Owl Moon are all done in blue, brown and white colors because the story takes place during the winter time. In quite a few of the pictures, the father and child didn’t even have faces drawn on which made the drawing look pretty simple. However, even though they were simply drawn, they were shaded well so that it was very clear what the illustrator was trying to po ...more
Kyra Calnan
This is a really interesting book about a subject not many children may know about! Though the story gives that quiet excitement any child understands from being given the privalege to go somewhere with your parent past your bedtime! The description of the forest and the cold and the excitement is absolutely stunning and almost feels good to say aloud! I absolutely loved the illustrations at well. Though it was nighttime, the pictures did an amazing job of depicting how bright the snow is under ...more
Tatiana
"We watched silently with heat in our mouths, the heat of all those words we had not spoken."

Argh! You know a children's book is good when you want to steal lines.

For my Early/Emerg. Literacy class, I chose this book around which to build an interactive reading lesson on setting. And it's a fitting objective, because there is beautiful imagery brought to life through the author's brilliant similies ("I could feel the cold, as if someone's icy hand was palm-down on my back") and strong word choi
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Laura
Not exactly poetry, but then again, not exactly prose, Owl Moon falls into the unique category of writing without rhyme or meter, but which is still heavily rhythmic and imaginative. The story is that of a young girl and her father and a special trek they take through the forest. On special nights throughout the year – the nights of full moons – Pa walks quietly through the forest . The only noise he makes is the haunting call of the great owl. On some nights the owl replies, his eerie cry echoi ...more
Julie
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!
Rhonda
Just re-read this, and I'm counting it toward this year's book goals. Because I can.

It's still as awesome as it was the first time I read it and I plan to see if my youngest niece agrees next time I have her over :)
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
Owl Moon (Caldecott Award Winner), by Jane Yulen, introduced me to the pastime of “owling". The story of a young girl and her father as they go out one night to looks for owls was enjoyable. The language the author uses to describe the natural world was very descriptive. An example of this rich language is… "The snow below it was whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl." I liked the image it created in my mind. The illustrations complemented the text. I especially liked the last illustration of th ...more
Madison Niksich
Yolen, J., & Schoenherr, J. (1987). Owl moon. New York, New York: Philomel Books.

This book is about how one day a small boy and his father decided to go look for owls. The boy’s father called out for the owls but there was no answer. The boy and his father traveled to a clearing and searched for the owls once again and an echo called back. They saw the owl shadow and finally successfully viewed an owl on their long hard adventure. This is full of subtle insights about patience, love, and fam
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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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