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A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
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Nov 08, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in November, 2011

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 Celeste, the mouse, who brings her own perspective to the events in the story.

Cole explores universal themes of friendship and loss while delving into some important issues surrounding how we treat each other and our living world. Set on a plantation in the early 1800s, A Nest for Celeste illustrates through drawings and text, the way things used to be. As a person who has a very hard time relating to history, A Nest for Celeste really brought the era to life for me in a way I could understand and appreciate. Cole brings forward the relevant details and paints a vivid picture of life long ago. It is truly incredible how much has changed in terms of landscape and technology and yet how, in the realm of relationships, things are still very much the same.

Filled with stunning artwork that integrates into the story as its own invaluable layer, A Nest for Celeste is a heartwarming, life affirming read.
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