I don’t know about you, but I’m so tired of taking my young grandkids to cartoon that have toucans or penguins shaking their booties, making suggestive remarks. And I want children’s book illustrations to look more like Winnie the Pooh or Beatrice Potter’s tales instead of the unsentimental graphics that have taken over. Ernest and Celestine is what I’ve longed for–beautiful watercolors come to life. Below the cobblestone streets lives hardworking mice who are terrified of the bears living above ground. The bears, in turn, are terrified of being overrun by mice. Celestine, unlike her fellow mice, is an artist and dreamer who almost is eaten by Ernest, a starving street musician beggar-bear. Their friendship ends up pitting them against their own kind and landing them in prison until their heroism and loyalty to each other causes the bears and the mice to face their prejudice. Funny, charming,. Winner of the Cesar Award and nominee for an Oscar. Wait until you hear Lauren Bacall’s voice. And Forest Whitaker does make a great bear.