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Owl Moon

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  23,781 ratings  ·  1,018 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 1987)
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Dec 24, 2010 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
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
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 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
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.
(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
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
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
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!
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.

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
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
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
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

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

"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.

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
"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
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
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
Sarah DeWalt
"Owl Moon" is a magical suspense building story that any child could love. It's about a young child, not specified as a girl or boy, that goes out into the wood in the dead of night with his/her father in search of an owl. It is told by the young child and the whole time you can feel her excitement to spot an owl for the first time with her dad. The child knows the whole time to be silent and patient in hopes of seeing the owl, they know that if they don't see an owl all will still be ok because ...more
Taylor Schnepf
Owl Moon is a story about when a father takes his child out to go owling at night in the woods. The little child is excited to go spend their time with their father and find owls. The father and child, at first, don’t find any owls and then make an adventure into the woods, hoping they can find some. Even though the weather is cold and snowy, they don’t let that affect them and the father from time to time “whoos” calling out for owls.

One thing that really stood out to me was the illustrations.
Michael Torres
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Paola Galindo
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a picture book told from the point of view of a young child who goes “owling” with their father for the first time at night. The pair go together into the woods at night with the hope of hearing or seeing an owl. They must be extremely quiet because otherwise they might scare away potential owls. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations that work with the text to take the reader right into the setting, and feeling the same sensations that the narrator feels.
Leslie Nunez
It is a story of dream like it feels like it is a dream through out the story. The text is out of reach for a child but the book is from the child point of view. I think Pa is really shy and calm and gentle. I believe that the child might be a girl because she says "My brothers all said sometimes there's an owl and sometimes there isn't" this gives me the hint that the child might be a girl. The little girl and her father go on a walk and they go looking for owls. this book is really good at tel ...more
Nicole Fiene
This story tells a tale of an adventure a young child takes with her father to search for a Great Horned Owl. As you begin reading, you notice the text is written in a sort of poetic form, however while reading the tale you can quickly figure out that it is not meant to be read quite like a poem, although it appears that way. The first paragraph of the story sets the stage and the mood of the tale. It is a quiet night with a blanket of snow covering the ground, and the way the words are written ...more
Owl Moon begins when a little boy and his Pa head into the woods. The purpose of their journey is to hear an owl “who”. It is a calm dark night when they quietly walk farther into the woods. Pa begins to call for the owl but initially he gets no response. Eventually the boy and Pa hear an owl in the distance. Pa continues to call for the owl until it comes close enough so they can see it. Once their journey is complete, the owl flies away and the boy and Pa head home.

The large and descriptive i
In the book, Owl Moon by Jane Yoken, a story of a father and child on the search for nature’s beauty is told. As they trek through the snowy woods, the child’s excitement is shown through illustrations and text. The child’s relationship with her father is admirable as they spend time hunting for an owl just to hear its call. The child repeats rules to follow while owling followed by, “that’s what Pa always says.” Which shows the way the child looks up to her father and values this special time. ...more
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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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