Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.
Henry Cole's book has a mix of adventure, history, surprise, enemies, death, and sweetness. One of the surprises is how Audubon would kill the birds in order to paint them. Audubon wanted to capture the birds in certain poses to show life. But Audubon would kill them and pose them up with pins. Celeste starting talking with the birds and get them to pose certain ways in order to save their lives.
Celeste has many challenges to save herself. I would recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. I enjoyed it, but not loved it. I would give three out of five stars. This book would be for the animal lovers.
Posted by Lisa