Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal, is a beautiful children's book. It tells the story of how a young girl goes owling for the first time with her father, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Great Horned Owl in the forest.

The story starts with these lyrical lines:

It was late one winter night,
Long past my bedtime,
When Pa and I went owling...

And so begins the magical adventure - a walk in the woods at night, with the moon so bright "the sky seemed to shine". Magnificent illustrations by John Schoenherr capture the serene forest and - in a two-page spread - the majestic owl.

A good choice if you're looking for bedtime stories for kids. This one has the mix of "ingredients" just right, to make it soothing without being boring: the love and security provided by the father, balanced against the fearful excitement of the dark woods; the serenity of the moonlit night contrasted with the awesome sight of the owl.

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