A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

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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.

 

About Henry Cole

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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.
 
Published February 6, 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books. 356 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Fantasy and natural history blend comfortably in illustrator Cole’s (Jack’s Garden ) first novel, as a Louisiana plantation—where wildlife artist John James Audubon and his young assistant, Joseph, stayed for several months in 1821—provides the setting for this story of a gentle, brave mouse’s se...

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BC Books

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A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home is illustrator Henry Cole's first full-length novel.

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Celeste, a recently orphaned young mouse, lives under the floorboards in the dining room at the Pirrie plantation home near New Orleans.

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Kepler's

Who knew we had a delightful little mouse named Celeste to thank for the best of Audubon's work?

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Celeste is a brave little mouse that survives the constant bullying from 2 rats that also live at the plantation, the watchful eyes of the family pets and a dreadful storm that sweeps her far away from home.

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