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Owl Moon Hardcover – October 23, 1987
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In this tale we first get a spectacular view from above (owl's eye view, I should say) of a small farm in the country. Two figures leave the warm home to tramp in the snow. The moon is brightly lit above so that (as the book says), "the sky seemed to shine". The girl has never been owling before but she understands the rules intrinsically. One must be especially quiet on these occasions. Once in a while the girl's father calls a deep, "Whoo-whoo-who-who-whooooooo" into the woods, but he does not receive a reply. They walk on through the cold until they come to a clearing in the woods where the snow is so clean and pure that it looks like a bowl of milk. The father hoots again and this time receives an answer. An owl comes closer and closer, finally landing on a nearby branch just as the father shines his flashlight on it. There, the reader sees a magnificent two page spread of an owl, its large wings open beside it, regarding the girl and her parent. Then it's off and the adventure is done. Says the girl, "I was a shadow as we walked home".
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The experience is a magical one. The daughter is going owling for the first time. This is a type of bird watching that must occur at night, because owls are nocturnal. You have to have a full moon (or close to one) so that you can see the owls. The silvery moonshine creates great contrasts of light patches on the snow against a backdrop of treed shadows.
"When you go owling you have to be brave." There are other requirements. "If you go owling, you have to be quiet . . . ." "When you go owling you don't need words or warm or anything but hope."
The book also evokes primitive sound. Her father calls out: "Whoo-whoo-who-who-who-whooooooo . . . ." to simulate the call of the Great Horned Owl. That's how you find an owl. You hope one will be attracted by the call.
Then, the magical moment occurs, and an owl comes. You are face to face. Can such a moment be forgotten? The owl leaves. The relief is palpable. "I knew then I could talk, I could even laugh at last.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this from a recommendation of a teacher, and used it as part of a baby shower gift. Great book!Published 8 days ago by Cheryl S
The 1988 story won Caldecott Medal and I thoroughly appreciate the judges recognizing life! The narrator is a young child. It explains the required behavior and discipline. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Persop
This is a very special book. The illustrations are outstanding and the story is beautiful.Published 29 days ago by Coffee drinker
I bought this for my three year old granddaughter. She really liked it and the illustrations are lovely.Published 1 month ago by Patti Garrett