By Henry Cole
A superbly illustrated novel a couple of mouse, her friendship with Audubon's apprentice, and her look for home.
Beneath the crackled and pale portray of a horse, beneath the worn and dusty floorboards of the eating room, lives Celeste, a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, till at some point she is thrust into the area above. right here Celeste encounters danger—and love—unlike any she's ever imagined. She dodges a hungry cat and witnesses the brutality of attempting to find the 1st time. She makes associates with a making a song thrush named Cornelius, a talkative osprey named Lafayette, and Joseph, Audubon's younger apprentice. the entire whereas, Celeste is seeking a brand new domestic. Is her domestic within the toe of a worn boot? Nestled in Joseph's pocket? Or within the dollhouse within the attic, entire with mouse-size furnishings ideal for Celeste? finally, Celeste discovers that house is fairly where deep within her middle, the place friendships stay.
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In less than an hour, with a navy pistol on my hip and no sign about me that I was a seaman, I set off with the others in our longboat. I told Lem, who rowed us ashore, that I would find a boat to bring me back to the Dauphine sometime before midnight. Alone, I walked past the warehouse with its faded gilt sign, CICÉRONE AND LYNNE. A lantern in an iron cage hung over the main doorway and gave off a flickering light. From somewhere in the vast barracoon came the sound of a baby crying, the voice of a girl singing.
There was little back talk, little grumbling, and no shirking of tasks. The 290’s officers, for the most part, Captain Semmes had brought with him from the Sumter and a lighthouse tender he had once commanded. They were disciplined, loyal, and eager. As for myself, my position began at the bottom of the ladder, or near it, in the coal bunker, but before we left the Azores I was promoted a rung to the task of a part-time wiper in the engine room and, at the evening mess, a mess boy charged with setting table for the officers and cleaning up the debris when it was finished.
You’ll be going along as a seaman in the engine room. The ship has rusty boilers and a balky steering gear, so be careful and don’t blow her up. ” The truth was I could not give him a straight answer as to why I wanted to go to Port-au-Prince, in a leaky tub of a ship, through dangerous waters no one in our small crew had ever traveled before. It had something to do with seeing the island where my father grew rich. And for some reason 54 THE 290 I had a desire to meet Ruiz Cicérone, his French partner.
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole