Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Studies in Art and Nature - Great Book choice

The book A Nest for Celeste is about a mouse named Celeste who ends up the pocket pet of a young boy who works with John James Audubon.  The story explains how Audubon got the great paintings of the "in flight" birds.  
This living book through the story of this young mouse's struggles in life - shows the time period where the conservation of animals was not a priority.  "Not unless you are a mouse that is."  My children both a Kindergardener and a 2nd grader especially enjoyed the art work on every page.  Truly a book to enjoy reading together with your children and a great study in the time period of this great american painter.    I enjoy books on American figures that don't try to show them as perfect men - but as a product of their time.  This book is a great tale of a young mouse and a historical look at John James Audubon.   Well written, interesting, and beautifully illustrated book.   Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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