If you’ve ever wished Beatrix Potter had written a novel, you are in luck. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole is a lovely story that brings Potter’s animal stories to mind, and it belongs on every young nature lover’s shelf.
Celeste, a mouse, lives in a New Orleans house being visited by the naturalist John James Audubon and Joseph, his young assistant. As Celeste searches for a warm and safe home, Joseph struggles to please Audubon and to become a better artist. And the art is what makes this book so wonderful. While the story is very nice, the pencil sketches throughout the book are the real pleasure here. The subtitle of the book is “A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home,” and Henry Cole’s art is truly inspiring.