A beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, her friendship with Audubon’s apprentice, and her search for home Beneath the crackled and faded painting of a horse, underneath the worn and dusty floorboards of the dining room, lives Celeste, a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, until one day when she is thrust into the world above. Here Celeste encounters danger—and affection—unlike anything she’s ever imagined.
She dodges a hungry cat and witnesses the brutality of hunting for the first time. She makes friends with a singing thrush named Cornelius, a talkative osprey named Lafayette, and Joseph, Audubon’s young apprentice. All the while, Celeste is looking for a new home. Is her home in the toe of a worn boot? Nestled in Joseph’s pocket? Or is it in the dollhouse in the attic, complete with mouse-size furniture perfect for Celeste?
In the end, Celeste discovers that home is really the place deep inside her heart, where friendships live.
- Ages 8-12
- Author/illustrator: Henry Cole
- Publisher: HarperCollins, 2010
- 352 pages, 7.1"x 5.6"
- ISBN: 9780061704109