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22 September 2010

Book Review #17 :: A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
by Henry Cole
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Copyright 2010

"Celeste's newest basket was going to be of a design she hadn't tried before, with a side pocket and a fold-over flap to keep things from spilling out.  Her nook was dim, but Celeste was used to it.  From her pile of dried grasses she pulled another long blade and, using her teeth and nimble fingers, began twisting and weaving."

Publisher's Summary:  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, who is Audubon's apprentice? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste's heart, where friendships live?

Mary Elizabeth's Musings: 
Heartwarming.  Inspirational.  Happy.  Cozy.  Absolutely delightful.
This story about Celeste, a sweet and gentle mouse, will leave every reader with a feeling of comfort and contentment in his or her heart.
Set on a Louisiana plantation in 1821, A Nest for Celeste draws the reader into the unique, artistic, and natural world of John James Audubon and his apprentice, Joseph. 
Both looking for a true friend and a comforting home, Joseph and Celeste form a tender friendship that forges its way through changes and events in both of their lives.
Henry Cole's whimsical, gentle, charcoal illustrations provide the perfect companion to this heartwarming tale of home and friendship.

I recommend this book for ages 7-12 years.

Other books by this author:

Jack's GardenOn the Way to the BeachTrudyI Took a WalkOn Meadowview StreetLivingstone Mouse

Visit Henry Cole's inspiring website to be a part of his incredible world of illustrations!


Carole Anne Carr said...

A delightful story and such beautiful illustrations.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Yes - I absolutely enjoyed this book from start to finish.

Annette said...

My granddaughter's name is Celeste and I'm thinking of buying this book for her at Christmas,
she is 7.
Thank you for the review!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks for sharing! :)

Mary Ann

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