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Owl Moon

by John Schoenherr

Book list Ages 2-7. An exquisite mood piece, Owl Moon is a poetic story of a winter-wrapped little girl and her father's owling adventure. The elusive magic and gentle shivery excitement that accompany the twosome are felt by the reader. The late-night walks are steeped in family tradition, no words are exchanged, but the companionship of the elusive quest speaks volumes. ``When you go owling / you don't need words / or warm / or anything but hope. That's what Pa says.'' The integrity of Yolen's pleasure in writing about her subject is evident, and Schoenherr, also an owling enthusiast, captures the stark blue-black majesty of the nighttime forest in his powerful and evocative watercolor illustrations. Excellent for one-on-one or read-aloud groups. PW. Owls Fiction / Fathers and daughters Fiction [CIP] 87-2300

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Book list Ages 2-7. Midnight blues and frost whites capture the stark majesty of this poetic mood piece in which a little girl and her father go owling in the nighttime forest. (D 15 87)

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Book list Delicate pen-and-ink lines over watercolors capture the wonder and intimacy of a father and child's moonlit winter search for an owl. The 1988 Caldecott Medal Book. (D 15 87)

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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. (November)

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Book list Ages 5-9. This child and father's moonlight search for an owl through a snow-covered landscape is ideal for January sharing and can be smoothly linked with Franklyn Branley's informative Snow Is Falling and Patricia Hunt's Snowy Owls.Year Round Reading

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