Marianne D. Wallace's Reviews > A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
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Nov 15, 10

bookshelves: middle-grade, nature

A snapshot of four months in and around a New Orleans' area home in 1821 while painter John James Audubon and his assistant, young teen Joseph Mason, worked and lived there - all seen through the eyes of a field mouse named Celeste. Descriptions of killing birds so Audubon can pin them in life-like poses and paint them may be disturbing to some readers. Content-wise, I had a problem with Joseph keeping Celeste as a "pet" in his shirt pocket and the mouse acting tame, accepting peanuts and other food from Joseph's hand. Not only can adult wild mice bite and carry diseases, this story may encourage readers to keep a wild animal as a pet which often results in the death of the animal. Beyond that, Celeste is a charming little mouse and it's a cute story overall.

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