Title: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Bibliography: Yolen, J. (1987). Owl moon. New York: New York: Philomel Books.
Annotation: Owl Moon is a story about a young girl and her father, who share a whimsical adventure late on a cold winter night. The young girl is finally old enough to go owling, but she must keep quiet if she wants to accompany her father as he imitates an owls’ “whoo-whoo-who-who-who-whoooooooo” as they trudge through the forest. Suddenly, they hear rustling in the trees and the father flashes his light right at a huge owl. In that moment, time froze, as they stared at in amazement at the owl’s beauty and grandeur.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this book: This book highlights a loving father-daughter relationship as well as exhibiting characteristics of growing up, and may be appealing to young girls and boys alike for both reasons. The illustrations also reminded me quite a bit of Minnesota during the winter and that may attract young readers as well because it makes the book relevant to things they know.
Personal Response and rating: 5; Owl Moon was an instant favorite. As I am extremely close to my father, and he practically lives outside, most of our time spent together is outside in Northern Minnesota; this book brought back many found memories of my childhood. This book also brought up a strong feeling of nostalgia for me; I wish I had more time to spend exploring the world with my father, like the young girl in the book.
Question: What other animals might you see in a forest? Why must the ‘owling’ be done at night? How would you react if you saw a giant owl staring at you?
a.) Choral Reading
b.) Instruct the students to repeat each line of the story, after the teacher reads it aloud.
c.) Using the reading choral strategy addresses oral language, fluency, comprehension as well as supporting English language learners. It applies nicely to Owl Moon because it is written in stanzas and will emphasize the overall mood of the story.