Owl Moon Author:Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) Among the greatest charms of children is their ability to view a simple activity as a magical adventure. Such as a walk in the woods late at night. Jane Yolen captures this wonderment in a book whose charm rises from its simplicity. "It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling." The two walked through the woods ... more »with nothing but hope and each other in a journey that will fascinate many a child. John Schoenherr's illustrations help bring richness to the countryside adventure. This book won the 1988 Caldecott Medal.
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, fieldmouse 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. Ages 2-6.« less
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This book is great!
The author writes with so much description that you
Can actually "hear" the snow in the book.
Brought me back to my cold winter days as a child.
Good one to break out with the kidos.
This is a wonderful picture book for children of all ages. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and set the mood from the very first page. Read is aloud to your favorite child(ren) and go on a nighttime adventure in the snowy woods. You won't be sorry, and will probably never forget the experience.