|A Nest for Celeste - A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole|
I just finished reading this charming book to Cheney (dd 7) and wanted to recommend it to you. It has a lot going for it. To begin with, it's about a mouse. ( I love children's books about mice - more to come!) It's also this funky, chunky size that feels like you're reading a serious tome. (How it feels in your hands is important - right?) Not only that, but Celeste is a basket weaving mouse - an artist.
It's based around a real visit John James Audobon made to New Orleans in 1821. Celeste befriends Audobon's apprentice, Joseph, and together they have all sorts of adventures, much of it having to do with Audobon's painting and drawing practices. Most importantly, though, was that it kept Cheney thinking. After we finished our requisite 2-chapters-before-bed reading, if I waited a few moments, she would always have a question to ask or something to think about. I like that in a book.
Here is a sneak peek for you: A Nest for Celeste preview