We just finished this read-aloud

A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

We all enjoyed this book about a mouse named Celeste.  It was really more of an introduction to John James Audubon and his teenage assistant Joseph Mason.

The afterword includes fascinating information about both artists and their techniques (which would be considered animal cruelty these days, so please be aware that these methods are mentioned in the book).

Here is a study guide for the book.

For more about Audubon, see here.  For other fabulous resources about him including coloring pages and other recommended literature for children, click here.


Val in the Rose Garden said...

Love the new pictures of the kids! Goodness, they have grown since the last shots were up.

This book interests me, but I am a little concerned about the cruelty things you are talking about. Can you tell me more about that? It looks like a good one I will have to preview.

Thanks for the study guide link!

nestof3 said...

Hi there! Audubon actually shot birds in order to get his hands on them to study. There is mention of this along with the fact that he pinned his subjects in order to hold them in place while they were injured but still alive. There is mention of the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker as well. Of course, the story is told in such a way as to make us disdain the treatment -- it is not glorified. Thank goodness for improvements in photography, right? The entire thing is plot-wise a small part of the story. Most of the story is about the adorable mouse and friendship.