Shabby Sunday: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr – 1987


Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

Owl Moon 

by Jane YolenJohn Schoenherr (Illustrator) 


Blurb: Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by award-winning John Schoenherr’s soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime.

My Thoughts:

I chose this book because it’s one of my personal favorites from when I was a child and now its cherished by my children as well.


Owl Moon is a striking story that takes you on a journey through the winter woods in search of owls. The little child has been waiting to go owling with Pa for a very long time. The story rather reads like poetry.


Our feet crunched over the crisp snow and little gray footprints followed us. Pa made a long shadow, but mine was short and round. I had to run after him every now and then to keep up, and my short, round, shadow bumped after me.”


John Schoenherr’s illustrated imagery paints the perfect winter impression and this is a ideal book for bedtime that highlights the companionship between parent and child.


Our copy is an old Scholastic paperback edition from 1988. It’s in fairly good shape with clean pages.


This is surely one we’ll keep…


You can find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; 4th Printing edition (October 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399214577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399214578

Read along through Owl Moon in this video:

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm


Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books


Thanks for visiting Shabby Sunday! Do you have any vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like to!

18 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr – 1987

  1. David R. Dowdy

    Beautiful book and nice review! I get goosebumps when I hear owls. My favorite is the Barred. I found one on a sometimes busy road where I walk. It had been run over at night. I lifted it and put it on the verge. It was gone the next day. Did a collector, human or otherwise, take it? I’m still wondering.

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    1. Thank you, David! I love owls too. We have a great horned owl behind our house that hoots just before dawn. They’re so magestic!

      That’s interesting that the owl you moved was gone. Maybe turkey vultures? They’re always looking for something to eat. 💖

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  2. Awwww, Jane Yolen! Now, that name brings back childhood memories for certain. I used to stay in the library during recess time and read anything I could get my hands on, and she was definitely one of them. Love your retro book posts the most, though of course, I pretty much love all your book posts. 🙂 Ironically, I am blogging a book today that features a young boy and an owl, so stay tuned.

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