Saturday, April 11, 2015

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Genre:  Family / Adventure / Winter / Tradition

Year Published:  1987

Year Read:  1993

Philomel Books

I have actually read this book when I was a child, but now I have finally got the chance to re-read this book again!  “Owl Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Jane Yolen along with illustrations by John Schoenherr and it is about how a young girl goes out with her father to see an owl and experiences the magic of looking at owls all in one night.  “Owl Moon” will easily be treasured by many children for years to come!
One late winter night, a girl and her father decided to go out to see an owl by walking through the frosty woods together and the girl marveled at everything around her when they went through the forest.  When the girl and her father were a good ways into the woods, the father starts making hooting noises like an owl, but no owl came.  So, the girl and her father continued into the forest until…

Read the book to find out!

 This book was just simply amazing!  The true highlight of this book was Jane Yolen’s beautiful writing as her writing adds a dreamlike and poetic feel to the story.  Jane Yolen has effectively detailed the young girl’s experience with exploring the forest with her father to see the owl and I also loved the way that Jane Yolen made this story be told from the young girl’s perspective as she sees the winter world as a magical experience for her and therefore.  John Schoenherr’s illustrations are simply beautiful and mesmerizing as they detailed the true wonder of the forest during wintertime.  The images I really loved were of the images of the snow covering the grounds and the trees as it made the forest look like one big white world and I also loved how realistic looking the trees were as they twisted and turned on every image.  Another aspect that I loved about this book was the perfect combination of Jane Yolen’s writing with John Schoenherr’s illustrations as they both tell the story effectively, such as for example, in this passage:
“Our feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed us.”

And the image shows the young girl and her father leaving footprints in the snow as they walk through the forest.

Overall, “Owl Moon” is definitely a book worth reading during the winter holidays and children who love reading about owls will definitely get a kick out this book!  Now for my recommendation, I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
* 1988 Caldecott Medal

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