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A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
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Sep 29, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

Visually this book is stunning - somewhat reminiscent of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" with it's many wonderful pencil sketches of this adorable mouse all throughout the book. Celeste's story of survival and her quest for a home is good too, but I found the introduction of John James Audubon and his quest to paint all the birds of America somewhat unsettling. I knew that he usually shot the birds he painted, but (unless this is fictionalized) didn't realize he sometimes pinned them live to a board in "action" poses to make his paintings seem more real. Celeste and her human friend Joseph (Audubon's apprentice) were, of course, horrified by this practice. I expected some kind of resolution to this part of the story, but other than Celeste coaching her bird friends into assuming lifelike poses on their own to avoid being killed, there was none. Hmmm.I hate gratuitous violence.

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Sylvia I found it horrifying too! Portrayed realistically, but was it necessary? Otherwise it was a good story.

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