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  • Title: A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
  • Author: Henry Cole
  • ISBN: 9780061704123
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 foA 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 for Celeste is a short novel that tells the story a mouse living in the 1800s and his friendship with John James Audubon s young apprentice While enjoying this sweet amd appealing story, young readers will also learn about nineteenth century plantation life and the famous naturalist who was known for his paintings of birds and American wildlife.
    A Nest for Celeste A Story About Art Inspiration and the Meaning of Home 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 Celes

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    1. 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 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 loves chil [...]

    2. 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 a desir [...]

    3. 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 both [...]

    4. 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 littl [...]

    5. RATING 4 STARS Review Not on Blog For a person who gives the death glare to mice in real life, I love stories about mice First of all, I loved the pencil sketches in this book I went through the book just admiring those at first A Nest for Celeste is a historical fiction novel with real life characters of John James Audubon and his assistant, Joseph I enjoyed the story and loved that it had some historical aspects to it other than just set in a different time period I am looking forward to the n [...]

    6. Is there a way to give a book negative stars I was warned this was not a good book, but like a trainwreck I just couldn t look away I couldn t believe that such a cute little book with pretty drawings could be this bad And on the surface it is not overwhelmingly bad But the themes that emerge are unbearable Let s start with the basic premise Celeste wants a place that feels like home And in the end she finds one Not the place with friends, not a convenient place near a food source No her new hom [...]

    7. 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 mouse [...]

    8. 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, henrycole His [...]

    9. 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 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.

    10. This was an adorable story of Celeste the mouse as she learns of love friendship and what they truely mean but she has has some grand adventures of her own and she is a talented little mouse as well I enjoyed every minute of this story and the illustrations were amazing a must read for all.

    11. 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 endearing Ex [...]

    12. 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 her [...]

    13. I think that any book with a mouse or dog on the cover has instant kid appeal Henry Cole creates a tender heroine with Celeste, a young mouse, who is lonely and looking for a home She lives under the floorboards of a plantation house, where she fears the cat, and the two rats who steal her food, bite and tease her, and force her to forage for them.Celeste is an artist, who weaves beautiful baskets from grass blades, shells, feathers, and other scraps from her wanderings around the plantation Whe [...]

    14. 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 Even thoug [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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 teaches Jos [...]

    17. Shades of The Invention of Hugo Cabret A fat, very heavily illustrated even similar style, the soft BW pencil , historical fiction, with a brave main character who is basically alone in the world The real life character in this case draws birds instead of makes films, but in both instances he is creative and at least a bit eccentric This didn t do much for me, but maybe because I was distracted by the comparison, so I ll round up my 2.5 star rating.Otoh, Cole s writing intrigues, and I will cons [...]

    18. 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

    19. 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.

    20. Welcome to Oakley plantation in Louisiana during the Monroe administration, where Mr and Mrs Pirrie live with their daughter Eliza Visitor Mr Audubon and his apprentice Joseph come to live with the Pirries Audubon is charged with teaching young Eliza to dance, draw, and paint to ready herself to entertain suiters While there, Audubon will collect wildlife specimens to sketch and to paint for his Birds of America folio Fifteen year old apprentice Joseph will help by painting backgrounds Living be [...]

    21. 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 oldMy review The real world is hard and maybe that is why I prefer fantasy I had a hard time with this book made me think of Charlotte s Web Let me start by saying that our heroine lives in the end But through the book we encou [...]

    22. This book is written and illustrated in the fashion of Brian Selznick s Caldecott winningThe Invention of Hugo Cabret And like Selznick story,A Nest For Celesteis 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 are based on ac [...]

    23. Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.Buku kecil berkulit tebal warna biru ini saya pinjam dari PERPUSTAM Malang sekali apabila kulitnya sudah hilang Apabila dicari melalui enjin carian Google, baru dapat lihat kulit hadapannya yang cantik dan klasik.Sesekali teringat pengembaraan Pn Nisah Haron yang dirakamkan di dalam bukunya, Kembara Sastera ada menyebutkan keindahan pemandangan di luar negara yang memungkinkan tercetusnya ratusan malah ribuan cerita kanak kanak yang menarik dan bermutu.Istimewanya buku i [...]

    24. 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, [...]

    25. 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 basket [...]

    26. I m not sure my review is fair, since I m basing my rating on my expectations not being fulfilled as opposed to what is actually in the book, but after the cat killed one of the rats and the apprentice was almost killed by gunshot, I was ready for a bigger emotional climax than a couple of friends leaving town I thought a couple of things that the finch or the osprey was going to die at Audubon s hands, and that the suffering for art theme would be fully developed somehow as a result Instead ev [...]

    27. 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 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 readers of c [...]

    28. 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 help he [...]

    29. 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 clad for just one chapter which often turned in to two or three 5 stars all the way

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