Written by: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: John Schoenherr
Published by: Philomel Books, 1987, fiction
Appropriate for: Elementary age
Theme: Owls, Fathers and Daughters
From the Jacket: Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling, The trees stand still as statues and th world is sitlen as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysteroius night time bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two ompanions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t and owl, but somethimses there is.
Why I love it: This book is a gentle loving testament of a father and daughter in which they create a strong bond to each other as well as to nature. Both author and illustrator had experiences of owling with their children and this book is a fictionalized memoir from their days as parents. It prompted me to take night time excursions with my grand son into the dark and talk of owls and other night time creatures. The illustrations are from John Schoenherr’s family farm and the deep snow and natural landmarks are part of his family tradition. Owl Moon won the Caldecott Medal for 1987. I love this book so much I referenced it in my own picture book called “Annie’s Special Day.”
Resources: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/owl-moon-teaching-plan and also:http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/74107.aspx http://www.homeschoolshare.com/resources_owl_moon.php
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