Book: Owl Moon

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

Gaze upon an owl moon
Look upon it well
Study shadows, lines and curves
A story in each swell

Gaze upon an owl moon
Listen for its tale
Tread softly on this winter night
Light footsteps on a trail

Note: If I were to list the awards that Jane Yolen has won, it would take up this blog. Besides, she says that the best awards are when young readers love her books.

Owl Moon is as quiet as an evening walk in the woods. A young girl and her father go owling. They find the owl. They walk home. It’s sweet without giving you a cavity and makes even the most cold-averse, indoor-loving person (ahem, me!) long for one night in the woods – with the promise of hot chocolate and kahlua, a roaring fire, and The Red Shoes DVD immediately afterwards.

There’s a lot of text for 32 pages, so it you’re reading it to kiddos under 4, I would recommend editing it a bit – even though each word of this Caldecott winner is just perfect.

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4 Comments on Book: Owl Moon

  1. You should check out < HREF="http://adventureboxbooks.com" REL="nofollow">Adventurebox<>. They are great for Kids aged 6-9 and have a < HREF="http://www.adventureboxbooks.com/wordfactory.php" REL="nofollow">Word Alliteration<> competition on this month!

  2. We’ve picked up Jane Yolen’s “Sleep Black Bear Sleep” again, which is about hibernation. (Hint: they all sleep.) It’s also wordy, but it’s so sleep-themed that it gets both kid and parent approval as bedtime reading.

  3. Bayard, thanks for the link!

  4. Jeremy, I haven’t read “Sleep Black Bear Sleep” but it sounds perfect for an end-of-the-day wind-down.

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