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Owl Moon

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  22,744 ratings  ·  916 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
(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...more
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!
The little girl was so set on being quiet and her pa was real good at the owl call. I know that she was hoping to see an owl but her brothers warned her that they didn't always see one. She got lucky, because she got to see the Great Horned Owl. They went back to their house triumphant on their owling expedition. John Shoenherr is a genius. His illustrations are marvelous. The detail in the Great Horned Owl was stunning and the outdoors were masterfully painted. I have read this book many times...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
I wasn't a huge fan of the art and it's a bit long, but a good story with good descriptions. I especially liked how the owl looked
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
Taylor White
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a children's picture book that is a Caldecott Award Winner. A father and son set out to go owling during the winter. The book is told from the child's point of view. He describes all of the things he must do in order to go owling with his father like being quiet and brave. He had waited a long time to go owling like his father and the brothers before him did. After a long trek into the woods, his father calls out for an owl and an owl appears above them and lands on a b...more
Stephanie Huntsman
The little girl in this story is so excited to finally be old enough to go owling with her father. She essentially walks the readers through her emotions and thoughts as she and her father trudged through the snow, calling for owls. She was cold, she had to run to keep up, she was mildly frightened, but she did not speak because according to her father, you have to be quiet, so she was. She was also patient, and brave, and hopeful, and was so excited when an owl finally flew to a stick and she g...more
Samuel Gilliam
I had never actually read this book before, but it is one of the most touching and sentimental books I have ever read! It reminds me of many weekends on our farm with my father. This book is very similar to the book I just reviewed, “Jumanji”, in the fact that it has new and simple vocabulary peppered throughout it to help children advance their vocal skills. This paired up with the simple structure of the sentences and the entertaining story throughout, makes it appropriate for the specified (u...more
Mitchell Wade
The book's front flap states that it is perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime. I like how the title page has a small child with a door and the door is open showing only a winter wonderland outside. The illustrations are incredible. The text placement was very well done as it appears in the white space of the book pages, but it surrounds a picture of the families house so it looks like it is placed in the snow. Also the picture of the house is perfectly sized to where it feels like you...more
Carman Bain
This book is very deep and moving. Even the way the words are written and broken up on separate lines adds a dramatic effect. The tone is very calming and leaves a sense of wonderment. I enjoyed the illustrations simply because the whole picture did not jump out at you. In other words, the reader has to look for details in the picture, such as the faint outline of a train in the opening illustration, the bear hidden in the tree, or the owl when he makes his first appearance in the book. Also, a...more
Shelby Lynn
I think that this is appropriate for early elementary school children. There are not too many words on each page and the words are fairly easy to read but they still present a little challenge to help them grow as readers. There is a beautiful narrative using a lot of figurative language throughout. The imagery, metaphors, and similes throughout help the child reading to understand how the girl is feeling in the book. I think this is a very good picture storybook. I loved the connection between...more
“When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope.” Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a terrific book that will captivate the minds of its readers. The tale of the father and daughter who trek into the woods in search of the Great Horned Owl is a wonderful fit for readers of all ages who are looking for a fascinating story. This book falls into the picture storybook genre, and rightly so. The pictures and illustrations help the story to advance and allow the reader to follow right al...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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