A Nest for Celeste

A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

By Henry Cole; Henry Cole (Illustrator)
(Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 9780061704109, 352pp.)

Publication Date: March 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“A Nest for Celeste has all the charm of a Beatrix Potter tale, complete with lively illustrations and an engaging story about a resourceful mouse who lives on a plantation where John James Audubon comes to work one summer. Celeste bonds with his assistant, Joseph, and meets other friends along the way in her search for the perfect home. A great read for any naturalist, young or old!”
-- Debra Horan, Booklovers' Gourmet, Webster, MA


A beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, her friendship with Audubon's apprentice, and her search for home.

Beneath the crackled and faded painting of a horse, underneath the worn and dusty floorboards of the dining room, lives Celeste, a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, until one day she is thrust into the world above. Here Celeste encounters danger—and love—unlike any she's ever imagined. She dodges a hungry cat and witnesses the brutality of hunting for the first time. She makes friends with a singing thrush named Cornelius, a talkative osprey named Lafayette, and Joseph, Audubon's young apprentice. All the while, Celeste is looking for a new home. Is her home in the toe of a worn boot? Nestled in Joseph's pocket? Or in the dollhouse in the attic, complete with mouse-size furniture perfect for Celeste? In the end, Celeste discovers that home is really the place deep inside her heart, where friendships live.

About the Author

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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