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...more
One late winter night, a girl and her father decided to go out to se...more
I didn't like...more
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...more
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...more
Although this is a Caldecott Medal winner, I am not particularly fond of the illustr...more
The little girl’s high spirits is endearing, and wou...more
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.
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...more
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...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.
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...more
Children’s Notable Books
Yolen, J. (1987). Owl moon (J. Schoenherr, Illustrator). New York, NY: Philomel Books.
Late one winter night, a father takes his young daughter out, looking for owls under a full moon. Bundled up against the frigid temperatures, they trek silently through the fields around their farm. This is her first time to go—her brothers have been before her, and have she remembers all they have told her, about being quiet, and still, and brave. Th...more
This is a good example a picture storybook for young school age children. It contains the basic literary elements of setting, theme, character and plot and uses language that children are familiar with.
Young school age children are beginning to gain independence but also still want the security they get from their parents, which is what the girl in the story is experiencing. She is happy she is...more