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

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,198 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
A fanciful history lesson for middle graders, featuring a charming mouse named Celeste.

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? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste’s heart, where friendships live?

Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white drawings, A Nest fo
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2010)
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Margo Tanenbaum
I have wondered for a long time about the relationship between mice and children's books. Few people like the little critters in real life, unless as fodder for science experiments, yet mice are the heroes of more children's books than you can shake a piece of cheese at. I wouldn't be surprised if someone has written a graduate thesis on this topic.

In A Nest for Celeste, Celeste joins a pantheon of unforgettable mice heroes and heroines in both children's novels and picture books. Anyone who lo
Jan 09, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry Cole's, A Nest for Celeste, is one of those rare finds among childrens books that has the potential to reach readers of all levels and ages. This is a wonderful story about the power of friendship, the sense of purpose and the need to have and find a place called 'home.' Cole weaves art, history, and science into a story that is hard to put down and a pleasure to read. His illustrations are reminiscent of Garth Williams and David Selznick and go beyond his rich text. This is a book that is ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to figure out what bothered me about "Celeste," and I think it has to do with anthropomorphism. On one end of the anthropomorphism scale is the toad-in-a-waistcoat. In toad-in-a-waistcoat the animal is simply a stand-in for a human character; references to real animal behavior, such as lily pad homes or cricket lunches, are thrown in for cuteness's sake. The other end of the anthropomorphic scale is the equivalent of someone at the zoo pounding on a snake's display case. It's ...more
Destinee Sutton
In the style of Hugo Cabret, this book features large pencil drawings that complement the text. The drawings are really wonderful in their detail and, I think, the most enjoyable part of the book. I also liked the little mouse Celeste herself. Though she never really came alive on the page, what we saw of her was lovable, and her journey to find a home and a friend is compelling.

Ok, now I'm done being nice. I have to say, right off the bat I was not a fan of the second half of the title. It's a
In 1939, Robert Lawson set a small mouse in Benjamin Franklin's hat to narrate a historical tale. Henry Cole now sets a small mouse named Celeste in the hat of young Joseph Mason, the apprentice of John James Audubon's assistant, while the two stay on a Louisiana plantation to paint the birds and foliage. The story, however, isn't Audubon's story or even the story of Joseph, still a young teenager away from home for the first time. This is the story of Celeste, a talented young basket-weaving mo ...more
This is my first Henry Cole book and was it ever a delight. It's based on the four month visit of John James Audubon and his 13 year old assistant Joseph's visit at Oakley Plantation near New Orleans. The story revolves around the sweetest little mouse, Celeste (I just love her name) and her getting to know Joseph as well as her encounters with the home's cat. She meets some enchanting birds with great personalities and learns the meaning of friendship. Henry Cole's website is such fun, henrycol ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Danica Midlil
I took the time to read through several others' reviews of this book before writing one of my own. Many really liked the book and just as many really didn't, which is interesting all by itself. I also gained a topic from one review for a master's thesis if I ever need to write one: Mice in Children's Literature.
I'm a fan of mouse books as I've said in previous reviews. They can portray the tiny unknown observer of our lives so perfectly, complete with big ears and fuzzy little bodies. How endea
May 10, 2012 four_eyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartwarming tale of a little mouse named Celeste who longs for a place she can call home and friends to ease her loneliness. On her adventures, Celeste encounters many obstacles (bullying mice, getting swept away by the wind, escaping the house cat's clutches), but her endurance and resourcefulness saves her on many occasions and leads her to befriend a diverse group of friends; human and neighborhood creatures. In the end, Celeste matures from being a timid to a brave mouse who finds ...more
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Jun 06, 2016 Carroll rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I enjoyed this story of a talented little mouse named Celeste who is looking for friends and a home while John Audubon and his young assistant, Joseph, are visiting in 1821 the Oakley Plantation near New Orleans, Louisiana . It is written in the style of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the 2008 Caldecott winner, with soft black and white illustrations throughout the story. I was excited to read this thinking it was a good choice for my granddaughter who is 6 years old, but........ ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book .. partly because it was THE chapter book that has inspired my daughter to explore the delightful world of books (beyond the simple easy readers and bridging books).

A Nest for Celeste was a great summer read ... providing us with inspiration for our own study of birds and of Audubon himself. The concepts of bullying and the methods used by Audubon provided much for discussion. Henry Cole's delightful illustrations encouraged us to try our hand at charcoal.
A Nest for Celeste A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole
Yuliana Gallardo
I really liked this book because it was nice of how he had to be in his owners pocket the whole time and how the owner treated him really nice like a person. I recommend this book to everyone because tit has different type of feelings and art. That's why I gave it a five star. It was about a mouse that always weaved baskets he lived in the attic, in a sock, in a cage, and in Joseph's pocket (owner). Also, that his best friend which was a human ( Joseph) had a friend that was not Celeste's and te ...more
May 07, 2010 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, I don't know if this should be 3 or 4 stars... maybe 3 1/2 would split the difference. Anyway, the story is nice, if a bit forgettable, but the illustrations are wonderful and more than make up for any lack in the writing! It is impossible to not fall in love with Celeste. She is just so cute, and most of the other animals in the drawings are just as endearing.
Feb 07, 2014 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is so sweet so heartwarming so lovable The only 3 characters you hate are perfect. 2 are lazy rats that make Celeste get them food but one dies very early and the other dies in the end. Its not her fighting someone but looking for friends and a home and she finds them in many unexpected forms
May 26, 2010 Qt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, nature
3 1/2 stars. The story is sweet and I think I'd have loved it when I was 10 or so. My favorite part, though, is the art.
Mar 27, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought is was sad in the end. I think it was cute how Celeste made lots of new friends. I thought it was sad what happened to her family. I liked the part when she found Joseph. I don't think it was nice what Mr. Audubon did with the birds at all.

-- review by Quinn, 6.75 years old

My review:
The real world is hard and maybe that is why I prefer fantasy. I had a hard time with this made me think of Charlotte's Web. Let me start by saying that our heroine lives in the end. But through
This book is written and illustrated in the fashion of Brian Selznick's Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret . And like Selznick story, A Nest For Celeste is based around actual events.

This book is told from Celeste's, a field mouse, perspective as she is forced to find a new nest when the family cat begins to stalk her old one. Meanwhile the Pirrie family has welcomed new vistors, Audubon (yes, the famous bird painter) and his young assistant Joseph.

The parts of this book that ar
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Nov 08, 2011 Amalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
As Celeste weaves her grass baskets, so Cole masterfully weaves his tale. Layer upon layer is unearthed as we explore Celeste's world with her, as we join her in her search for safety and security - no easy feat for a mouse, or anyone else!

As we adventure with Celeste, we meet John James Audubon and his assistant Joseph. Audubon is known for his detailed sketches and paintings of birds in their natural habitats. Cole adds to our understanding of this artist and naturalist through the eyes of Ce
May 14, 2010 Carmine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2-4th graders
Recommended to Carmine by: browsing the new shelf
A heavily illustrated chapter book (think Hugo Cabret) with a basketweaving mouse protagonist who seems to exists to teach us about James Audubon. Based on an actual period of time James Audubon and his assistant Joseph Mason stayed on a plantation near New Orleans in 1821. Celeste the mouse has some rather human, modern sensibilities like it is wrong to shoot birds just to paint them or to massacre scores of carrier pigeons as they pass over.

The illustrations are beautiful. I loved the little b
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Mar 23, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
An industrious mouse finds a friend when she is discovered by Joseph, John James Audubon's assistant, visiting the Louisiana plantation where she lives. She keeps him company, watches him work, joins his field expeditions, and ventures out on her own, finding other friends and a more permanent home.
This is a charmer, ably told and irresistibly illustrated with pencil drawings, many filling the pages and serving as background to the text as well as accompaniment. It will remind experienced reade
Jun 05, 2012 Maira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book was a winner of the Maryland Black-eyed Susan Book award. It's a story about a mouse named Celeste who in her home under floor boards of a Louisiana plantation spends her time weaving baskets. In the story Celeste is struggling to find a home after having came across many difficult situations. She deals with mice bullying her, the cat which ultimately leaves her without a home. After having gone through this, Celeste finally meets new friends which include Joseph other animals that hel ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Jenifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little gem is a beautiful story embracing the idea that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Full of rich, engaging characters and an intriguing storyline that keeps even little ears listening. It is a credit to this book that every time we read, we never stopped at our decided stopping point. My audience always clamored for "just one more chapter" which often turned in to two or three. 5 stars all the way!
Kay Farmer
Sep 19, 2010 Kay Farmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
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Kay's rating: 4 stars
A sweet story about a mouse, Celeste, who is befriended by a teenager named Joseph. Joseph is an assistant to the artist, John James Audubon. The story takes place on a plantation in New Orleans. Through Celeste's adventures and encounters, she learns the true meaning of home and friendship.
Another book up for the CYRM. Of the three nominees, this is the book I chose to read first and I was disappointed. The book should include a section at the end that gives factual information about the birds mentioned in the story. Overall, this was a sweet story about compassion and friendship, but it needed a bit more zip.
Dec 13, 2010 katsok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful book. Beautifully written and illustrated. Celeste, the mouse, is simply looking for a home. Along the way she makes friends with animals and a kind-hearted person named Joseph. I think the background information about Audubon will only add to the fabulous story.
Kat Grace
Oct 12, 2016 Kat Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a few weeks ago when I was feeling really... not well. Sad. I can say, something about cute art and children's books get me every time.
Charity Ambs
Dec 12, 2014 Charity Ambs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal
Beautiful illustrations, challenging vocabulary. Needs the right child as it is a gentle and thoughtful read.
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Per back cover: He is a dandy dresser, but he does need to don his dentures when dining out. Illustrated many books for children. He lives in Virginia.
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“At that moment there were two feelings inside Celeste's tiny, rapidly beating heart that made her feel as full, and as empty, as a gourd. The sheer beauty of this moment was perfect and sublime. But she was alone.” 1 likes
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