Module 3: Owl Moon

Module 3: Owl Moon

Yolen, J. (1987). Owl moon.  New York: Philomel.


A story of a moonlit journey of a girl and her father on an owling adventure, this book brings the story to life in a mysterious and engaging way. The girl joins her father for the first time on an adventure to see an owl. She is brave and older than her  years as she tries her best to do what is expected on an owling trip.

What Did I Think?

This book is engaging and pulls the reader or listener in immediately. The mystery and anticipation begin from the first page and continue up until the last. Illustrations  bring the text to life. The book tells of the simple joys of spending time, even silent time, with a loved one and gives the feeling of first-time adventures to the reader.


“As expansive as the broad sweep of the great owl’s wings and as close and comforting as a small hand held on a wintry night.  . . The visual images have a sense of depth and seem to invite readers into this special nighttime world.” – -School Library Journal, starred review. Full color. 1988 Caldecott Medal Book.

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.

Library Lesson

This book could be used to teach the reading strategy of visualizing. The cover of the book could be covered and the story read aloud without showing the pictures. After several pages, the students could draw or describe out loud what they are visualizing in their heads. After, the visualizations could be discussed along with how the students knew what to visualize. Then the book could be re-read to enjoy the realistic illustrations.


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