A Nest for Celeste

A Nest for Celeste

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

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9780061992001
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 05, 2017

This is one of those books I've been meaning to check out for a few years now -- and I'm so glad I finally did. Cole's illustrations take up nearly as much space as the text (much like a Brian Selznick book), and they're so lovely -- Celeste is adorable, without seeming twee or cartoon-y. The story itself is a simple one about the importance of finding a home, and how people can become your home, and the security that provides, and I found it particularly moving in our current political climate. There are occasional moments that might be upsetting to younger kids -- a rat getting killed by a mouse, or live birds being killed and pinned so that they can be drawn -- but overall I think Cole succeeds at somehow making this really sweet but also oddly unsentimental at the same time? I'm not sure how he managed it, but I thought this was really good.

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princesspupule
Feb 04, 2015

charming mouse adventure, however Celeste doesn't exhibit much emotion
---lovely drawings

GPLKids May 19, 2011

Celeste is a marvelous character with a wondrous vocabulary.
This is a suspenseful story even for those not usually fans of animal fantasy. Facts about Audubon are seamlessly worked into the plot.
The book is attractive both for its rich language and for its detailed drawings. This would make a gripping read aloud choice.

debwalker Feb 10, 2011

Included in the White House Library presented to President Obama on January 20, 2011, by the American Booksellers Association.

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