A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home (Hardcover)

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

By Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Katherine Tegen Books, 9780061704109, 342pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2010

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
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A fanciful history lesson for middle graders, featuring a charming mouse named Celeste.

Celeste is a mouse who is looking for a home. Is it nestled in the toe of a warm boot? In the shirt pocket of Celeste's new friend Joseph? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste's heart, where friendships live?

Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white drawings, A Nest for Celeste is a short novel that tells the story a mouse living in the 1800s and his friendship with John James Audubon's young apprentice. While enjoying this sweet amd appealing story, young readers will also learn about nineteenth-century plantation life and the famous naturalist who was known for his paintings of birds and American wildlife.