A Nest for Celeste

by Henry Cole (2010)

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

What is a home?  Is it a large house?  Can it be a cage?  The toe of a worn old boot?  A nest from a matchbox?  A shirt pocket?  Or can it be found, instead, in the heart of a friend?

In A Nest for Celesteis beautiful charcoal illustrations tell the story alongside the expressive language of Henry Cole. While Celeste, a small orphaned mouse, searches for a place to call home, readers will step back in time to learn about 18thcentury plantation life.

Celeste’s world changes when John James Audubon comes to stay on the plantation home in search of unique land, wildlife and bird species to draw.  Audubon’s young apprentice, Joseph, rescues Celeste and a special friendship begins. This friendship brings adventure, excitement, new friends and even danger to Celeste’s life as she searches for her forever home.

Families will enjoy interpreting the illustrations while reading the animated text that describes the escapades of Celeste and her new-found friends.  Cole illustrates vivid scenes in which the reader feels as if they are directly alongside Celeste during her journey.

Cole explores hot topic issues such as loneliness, the treatment of animals, and even bullying in a book that offers the time and opportunity for open-ended, thought-provoking discussions.

Families will find the story relevant to students of all ages.  From Kindergarten to 5thgrade, students will learn that friendships can be found in the most unexpected places.

Oh, how much our children and families can learn and grow from the adventures of a lonely young mouse looking searching for home – where the heart is.