Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

Caldecott Medal winner that spotlights the special relationship of father and daughter as they go out through the late winter night in search of an owl.

"Sometimes there's an owl and sometimes there isn't. You don't need words or warm or anything but hope." A simple slice-of-life adventure made magical by award-winning watercolors in soft winter blues and whites. The reader is immediately drawn in by the opening pages which show an owl's eye view of the farmhouse, the father and daughter just starting out, and the surrounding winter landscape. Full of descriptive phrases such as "our feet crunched over the crisp snow" or "the snow . . was whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl".

The different perspectives of the illustrations are interesting and the use of size changes and shadows make them more fascinating and somewhat mysterious.