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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
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Oct 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: classroom-reader-transitional

Owl Moon
by, Jane Yolen
1. Brief Summary
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. The father calls to the night-time owl, the mysterious nighttime bird. Wordlessly walking, the two companions search for the owl.

2. Potential Audience (Genre, Topic, and Reading Levels)
Genre is fictional.
The topic is about the relationship of human kind and nature.
Reading level is transitional.

3. Specific Curricular Uses
Independent reading when familiar with poetic form, and read aloud.

4. Social Issues the book addresses
This book touches on the respect needed in nature, and how to treasure wildlife.
Father and Daughter relationships.

5. Specific Literary Elements the book demonstrates
This book is written in poetic form. Told in scenic first person narration as well as in poetic words. From the girls point of view, which is happening in the present moment not a recollection of what happened.

6. Interactions and Counteractions of text and image; How does the illustration help tell the story.
The illustrations help support the text and the pictures are of the character’s depiction of what she sees when owling with her father. The play of simple ink lines and watercolor in Schoenherr's illustrations help us enter into the contemplative world of owling. To compliment Yolens' poetic descriptions of night time in the snowy woods, the illustrations show blue-white snow marked with long black shadows, dark, bare trees growing thick and tall, and a wide eyed child hoping to hear or see an owl.


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