Sometimes I find a book that has to be shared. I read quite a bit and I don’t always write reviews or share on my blog but this precious book needs to be shared.
A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole is about a sweet little mouse named Celeste who after some tragic circumstances needs to find a home. The story unfolds in a lovely way but perhaps the very best part of the story are the illustrations that accompany the adventures of Celeste.
Author and illustrator Henry Cole is a genius when it comes to illustrating children’s books and as a former science teacher he has definitely found his niche in this market. He has contributed to over 150 books and why I had not heard of him until I discovered this copy of A Nest for Celeste in the AAUW donation bin is beyond me. This book is from 2010 and I am just now finding it!
The story is sweet, tragic in parts, startling in others, violent even in parts when nature comes into play, but throughout the entire book there are fabulous drawings ( well over 100 in all) that help to weave the story of Celeste and how she looks for her perfect home.
I mean just look at that face on Celeste.
What a lovely book and to realize that there is actually a sequel – Another Quest for Celeste– has me wanting to get a copy of that one as well. I can just picture reading these to Theo in a few years.
Children’s books don’t have to be for children, do they? A wonderful story about friendship, nature and the love of belonging are what spoke to me in this book.
Do you have a favorite children’s book? I would love to hear about it so leave me a comment and Comment for a Cause for Native American Heritage Association.