Owl Moon

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Celebrating 30 years of the beloved classic Owl Moon from renowned children's book author Jane Yolen and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator John Schoenherr!

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 sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relatiohship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading alound and sharing at bedtime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897192712
Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: The Story Hour Collection
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 9 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother.

Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration—folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts.

All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille.

With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Owl Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. Bundled tight in wool clothes, they trudge through snow 'whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl' here and there, hidden in ink-blue shadows, a fox, raccoon, field mouse and deer watch them pass. An air of expectancy builds as Pa imitates the Great Horned Owl's call once without answer, then again. From out of the darkness 'an echo/ came threading its way/ through the trees.' Schoenherr's watercolor washes depict a New England few readers see: the bold stare of a nocturnal owl, a bird's-eye view of a farmhouse. In harmony with the art, the melodious text brings to life an unusual countryside adventure. John Schoenherr's illustrations help bring richness to the countryside adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be a "collector's item" for children to own and love, and to pass on to their own children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a lovely book. The story about an wintry adventure shared by a young girl and her father is enchanting and charming. The illustrations are beautiful and carry out the story well. My grandchildren and I will enjoy reading this book over and over.
sensationalsecondgraders More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Owl Moon you would love it,like I do. It is about a kid and his father going owling. Owling is going to look for owls in the night. There were all kinds of animals in the illustrations like wolves and birds. They are outstanding. The details are outstanding too. The author told me what it felt like being so cold in the woods. It made me feel as cold as they were when he said "I could feel the cold as if someone's hand was icy palm-down was on my back." Even though it would be cold going owling i would still go. if you ever go owling make sure it's a full moon so you coul dsee in the woods.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun book to read for a class. It's really timeless and spooky at the same time. Childern have a blast with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The well-known Caldecott Medal Award Winner Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is obviously worthy of this award for its captivating illustrations and its heartwarming story of a little girl and her father spending quality time together going owling. The setting takes place in the country. This captivating story is sure to capture the hearts of young readers. This story falls into the category of contemporary realism. This book is age appropriate for ages four to eight years. The mood of the characters in the story seem to be content. The story is told from the little girl¿s point of view. The way the little girl tells the story automatically captures the hearts of the audience. The characters in the story are essentially static since they don¿t change throughout the story. The main theme of the story is that the little girl has always wanted to go owling with her father and finally gets that chance. She describes the quiet walk through the woods. She waits with her father with anticipation for an owl to come out. The plot of this book is linear. The author of this stunning success, Jane Yolen, is a very successful author. Jane Yolen was inspired to write Owl Moon by her husband and children since they often went owling together. Jane Yolen resides in Massachusetts with her family. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1987.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually I only enjoy children's books if there are under 15 words on the page. However this one is truly something special to share with your child.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
The author and illustrator have successfully conveyed the awe one feels at seeing these birds close up in the wild. With their long wing-span they are huge when flying, silently, from tree to tree, not very far above one's head . This is a highly successful book about an awe-inspiring animal. ..  
Rosy_Reader More than 1 year ago
Exceptional story gorgeously illustrated. Worth every nickel you spend on it. I've purchased/gifted over 10 copies for family and friends and still don't have one of my own - but not for long! It is a feel good, cuddle up and enjoy story to share.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of her brothers had gone owling, yet she still hadn¿t. So late one winter night, her father takes her owling. She knows that ¿sometimes there¿s an owl and sometimes there isn¿t,¿ but she remains silent in hopes that she will see one. Owl Moon is an amazing book for children as well as people of all ages. The father and the little girl in this book depict what a good real life father-daughter bonding relationship could be like. From the owling trip that the girl and the father in this book take, you can even learn how to go owling yourself. This book also teaches you some real life values that you learn as a child, and then hold on to all through life. A couple of these values are to respect nature and to always have hope for the future. Jane Yolen lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, and together they have three children and six grandchildren. She originally considered herself a poet and a journalist/nonfiction writer, but to her own surprise, she became a children¿s book writer instead. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books, 1987. RL: Ages 4-8, Grades PreK-3
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our daughter loves this book! The story is timeless and spooky (for the audience) at the same time. Love it.
amanda_c on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
QUALITY:This is a lovely story of a child going owl-watching with her father on a winter night.POTENTIAL USE:Owl Moon is excellent for school-aged children as a story-time book, curriculum support or read-along.CHILD APPEAL:This simple, beautifully told tale might not appeal to every child, but its lovely prose and illustrations will certainly capture some children¿s imaginations.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children love to make different animal noises and this book can bring them together and let them make their own owl noises. The young child and his Pa go out to "owl hunt" and try to call the owls by "whooooing." The think by mimicking the owls noises they can attract the owl to come and see one. Illustrations are dark and make you feel like you are out on a dark night trying to find owls.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful artwork, beautiful prose.
McKennaMiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the illustrations in this book. I think they may be some of my favorite children's book drawings. I also enjoyed how descriptive the language and writing was. It was simple and not very many things happen, yet the book had so much descriptive imagery to fill the pages.
lakertraw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a young child who goes out owling one night with their father. He calls out and attempts to mimic an owl hoping to attract one. Finally, they both see the owl and we he flies away they head home.
JNino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about a daughter and her father bonding during winter by going owling. A great book to use when teaching the five senses.
heidikneller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl takes and evening walk with her father looking for an owl. Jane Yolen's beautiful use of poetic language and sensory imaging makes this an excellent book to use in reading or writing workshops. Though I don't have the recorded retelling, I have heard it and plan to add it to my wish list. This would make a wonderful paired teaching with a non-fiction for studying owls.
Kandie1208 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Late one winter night, a little girl and her father go owling. The little girl is very quiet as her father calls out to the owls: "Whoo-who-who-whoo." But the owl doesn't answer. They continue to walk quietly because when you go owling you don't need words, just hope. Her father calls out to the owls again, "Whoo-who-whoo-whoo." And this time the owl answers back! Sometimes there isn't an owl, and sometimes there is.The illustrations are beautiful! I read this book to my children and they were so quiet. As is they were owling, listening for an owl to answer back.Great story for teaching kids to be still and listen. Have the kids listen for an animal sound, and then guess what animal makes that sound.
ReAhnaKowena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A father takes his daughter out in the snow on a cold wintry night to go look for owls. The little girl is very excited and knows she must be quiet, have hope, and be brave. She follows her father into the woods listening very carefully for an owl and her and her father share an awesome discovery. This was a very interesting story about a father and a daughter relationship. I read this book to my 4-year-old son and he was bored with it. However, this was a very good story and I will keep in mind to read it to older children. In the classroom, while reading the book there are a few parts where you have to hoot like an owl, so I would have the children make the owl noises. Also, I could have the children tell me about the fun things they have done with their father or other family member.
Sadiejw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Owl Moon is the endearing tale of a father passing on a tradition to his child; going looking for owls in the forest at night time. You can read the story and just the words alone provide a picture you can imagine. The illustrations are beautiful and encourage the young reader to look at them in detail.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wordy for a read aloud, a trek into a snowy woods to see an owl.
CassieM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THis book is a reat personal narrative. It is also good for teaching similes and metaphors.
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Owl moon is the story of a girl that goes owling with her grandfather. Each leg of the adventure tests the girl. The girl faces unfamiliar territory and terrain with bravery and anticipation. The girl and her grandfather move from location to location in search of an owl. Each time the grandfather stops to give the owl call. The girl isn¿t disappointed when an owl doesn¿t respond. She knows that an owl doesn¿t always respond; she learned that from her brothers.This story is a great example of the relationship between a child and grandparent. It is a beautiful depiction of a child¿s love for her grandfather. The suspense builds throughout the story creating a sense of anticipation that builds from the beginning.
caltstatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a child and father searching through the forest in the cold for an owl. The father calls to the owl and one answers back. Then the owl flies to a tree just above their heads and they stare at the owl until it flies off. The child knows it's okay to talk and make noise on the way home, but not while they are looking for the owl.This could be used as an entertaining story for children to use to discuss what they do with their father for fun.