A Nest for Celeste

by Henry Cole (2010)

A Sweet Spot selection. 

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 in a matchbox?  A shirt pocket?  Or can it be found, instead, in the heart of a friend?

In A Nest for Celeste, 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 18th century plantation life.

Celeste’s world changes when John James Audubon comes to stay in the plantation home in search of unique land, wildlife and birds to draw.  Audubon’s young apprentice, Joseph, rescues Celeste and a special friendship begins. This friendship brings adventure, excitement, 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, drawing readers in so they feel as if they are directly alongside Celeste during her journey.

Cole explores weighty 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 discussion.

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 searching for home – where the heart is.