Owl Moon

Owl MoonWritten by: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: John Schoenherr

An Owl Moon can do many things.  It can make giant shadows, it can hide silent birds, and it can light the path for two midnight adventurers on their first hunt together for a glimpse of a great horned owl.

This is a beautiful story punctuated by gorgeous illustrations.  It is a great bedtime story for anyone who wants to ensure that good dreams will follow!

Discussion/Project Ideas:

1.  This book is written giving great detail to many of our senses.  One of the main things that grasps the reader is the opportunity to feel for yourself what the characters felt on that dark, cold night.  Choose a real place you know, such as your bedroom at midnight, or another real place that you might want to know more about, such as the desert at dusk, and describe it using as much sensory detail as you can.  You might need to do a little bit of research to make sure your details are authentic.

2.  The boy says that his pa “looked up, as if searching the stars, as if reading a map up there”.  Is there a map in the sky?  Describe how people know of and use this map.

3.  The boy and his pa had an extraordinary and memorable night that the boy had looked forward to for a long time, and the whole time they had to be silent.  Write a conversation you think could have happened between the boy and his pa when they returned home.

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