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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 relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr''s soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading around and sharing at bedtime.

Amazon.com Review

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 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. The book won the 1988

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The very best books for not-quite-reading children must be written to charm and astonish the adults who read them aloud . . . Owl Moon does this better than any new children''s book I have seen in a long time. -- The New York Times Book Review, Paul Johnson

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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Phyliss
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This is a classic story for a wide age group.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
I have been a speech-language pathologist for more than 30 years. I work with children and have set out to have an ever growing collection of children''s books. I collect books for all holidays, all seasons, specific themes or topics and for toddlers, preschoolers and school... See more
I have been a speech-language pathologist for more than 30 years. I work with children and have set out to have an ever growing collection of children''s books. I collect books for all holidays, all seasons, specific themes or topics and for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. I was searching for books about winter or snow and ran across Owl Moon which I hadn''t heard of before. I love this classic and don''t know why I hadn''t found it before this. I recommend it for older preschoolers and right through school age children.
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Linda T
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"When you go owling, you have to be very quiet."
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2016
Owl Moon is a cherished book in our family. The story of a little child who is finally old enough to go "owling" with her pa on a cold, clear, moonlit night. As I read in very hushed tones, my young daughter would listen for her turn to call for the owls,... See more
Owl Moon is a cherished book in our family. The story of a little child who is finally old enough to go "owling" with her pa on a cold, clear, moonlit night. As I read in very hushed tones, my young daughter would listen for her turn to call for the owls, "hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo." Each reading was like the first time as we wondered, "Will she hear an owl tonight?" The illustrations are beautiful and make you feel like you are, indeed, walking through the quiet woods at night. I purchase this book for most of the new babies in my circle of friends.
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intrepid spirit
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he entices me by handing over this one and saying "Mama''s favorite. "
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2016
Jane Yolen is a genius. This book is truly a work of art. When I''m exhausted from reading all day long to my two-year-old, and can''t bear the thought of reading one more, he entices me by handing over this one and saying "Mama''s favorite."
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molly
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Makes a great baby gift!
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
This is a great book. Illustration is very nice. I read this to all four of my children. Now I give it as a baby gift . It really is very charming. And a great idea for families to get out on the night of full moons!!! Memories :) my kids still love. Owl call whistles are... See more
This is a great book. Illustration is very nice. I read this to all four of my children. Now I give it as a baby gift . It really is very charming. And a great idea for families to get out on the night of full moons!!! Memories :) my kids still love. Owl call whistles are available on Amazon as well.
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Roberta
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such a beautiful book!
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
My grandkids were obsessed with the moon and I was obsessed with owls, so I got this book to read to them. Well, maybe over Facetime the book doesn''t come through as well as it would in person. I love this book more than my 5-year-old granddaughter and 2-year-old grandson... See more
My grandkids were obsessed with the moon and I was obsessed with owls, so I got this book to read to them. Well, maybe over Facetime the book doesn''t come through as well as it would in person. I love this book more than my 5-year-old granddaughter and 2-year-old grandson do. Maybe it could be somewhat scary to think about for a young kid? To go out into the dark cold woods to find an owl? But I enjoy this book a lot and i think that a youngster who was looking at it on their own might find it very beautiful, too.
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Alexandra komarek
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Fantastic children''s book!! My son loves it when I make the owl sound
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
My son really loves it when I read him this book, while I read it to him, I say out loud the owl hoot sound, he just goes crazy over that! It keeps kids really into the book I''d say. This picture I took of the book doesn''t do the book justice, it''s just my lighting on this... See more
My son really loves it when I read him this book, while I read it to him, I say out loud the owl hoot sound, he just goes crazy over that! It keeps kids really into the book I''d say. This picture I took of the book doesn''t do the book justice, it''s just my lighting on this old smart phone. Bought this book for him for his birthday, and the book isn''t too long of a read which i like too
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Gayle Kotti
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Book arrived with wrinkled book jacket
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
This brand new book was purchased to give as a gift to my grandchildren who absolutely love books. However it arrived with a nice, ugly "wrinkled" book jacket that will make my gift look tacky. There was no protective packing inside the box, either. It wouldn''t have been... See more
This brand new book was purchased to give as a gift to my grandchildren who absolutely love books. However it arrived with a nice, ugly "wrinkled" book jacket that will make my gift look tacky. There was no protective packing inside the box, either. It wouldn''t have been too much to ask that a little bubble wrap be utilized to protect my purchase. I will keep the book and give it as a gift because it''s too late to return and have exchanged. But, it really burns my a$$. I feel certain no one at Amazon could give a rat''s patootie about the arrival condition of purchases.
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stephan
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Nice tranquil bedtime story.
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2021
It’s a nice tranquil book to read as a bedtime story. The story is quaint. The illustrations are just right. We hear an owl each night, so this book appeals to us.
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Greg F
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The most amazing children''s book I''ve ever seen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2021
This is by far the most amazing children''s book I''ve ever seen. Our daughter LOVES it and asks us to read it to her constantly. Such a beautiful story and drawings. She was just under 2.5 when we started reading it to her and it was PERFECT for her even then (despite it...See more
This is by far the most amazing children''s book I''ve ever seen. Our daughter LOVES it and asks us to read it to her constantly. Such a beautiful story and drawings. She was just under 2.5 when we started reading it to her and it was PERFECT for her even then (despite it being really quite advanced language).
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2018
reasonable read.
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Captivating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2019
A truly beautiful and evocative book. Has become one of my favourite picture books.
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Beautiful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2012
We were charmed by the unique subject, the visual and lyrical descriptions of the frozen North American landscape, and that the characters were for once a girl and her father, on an adventure together. It is a beautiful book, and our 20 month old loves it dearly, and so do...See more
We were charmed by the unique subject, the visual and lyrical descriptions of the frozen North American landscape, and that the characters were for once a girl and her father, on an adventure together. It is a beautiful book, and our 20 month old loves it dearly, and so do we.
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monty holender
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Unbelievably good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2015
A magical book. Wonderful to share with a child as you both live through that first night in search of the owl
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