Mia and Nattie - One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing | Release date: October 3, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone. Family based book for all ages,
Nattie’s mouth was a little crooked. Her legs were a bit shorter than usual, and one horn was too straight, like a unicorn’s horn. But Mia thought Nattie was perfect.
In a read-aloud picture book for children who love animals, award-winning writer and sheep breeder Marlene M. Bell presents Nattie the lamb’s true story. MIA AND NATTIE is a heartwarming book that teaches readers about problem-solving, teamwork, and love.
On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids her age. When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor, Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around—one that will show the family just how special Nattie truly is.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
What an adorable story! What is even more incredible is that it is true!
Author, Marlene M. Bell, has created a delightful children's book about a true event.
Mia was small like the newborn baby lamb she named Nattie. Nattie needed special care to survive.
As Nattie grew older, Mia had to find a way to convince her Grandmother that Nattie was worth keeping. Would she find a way before it was too late?
Not only was this a well-written story for young children, it is fun to read the Author's note at the end of the story, relating details of this real life-quest.
Illustrator, Grace Sandford, has created beautifully bright, colorful illustrations with cartoon-like characters. The pages of this book are substantially thicker than average paper and the binding is secure in this high quality physical book.
This is perfect read for Preschool or early elementary age children. I highly recommend it for Summer Reading Programs and children's' Book Clubs.
I offer a Five Stars rating for the quality of the book, the illustrations and for the literary accomplishment.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Why I Wrote Mia and Nattie
Fourteen years ago, in December, I found a tiny lamb lying on the ground, abandoned in the frosty, early morning hours. I gathered her in my arms and brought her into the house for warmth and to give her a fighting chance to stay alive. She wasn’t expected to survive because of her slight weight of three pounds.
While the lamb lived in our laundry room and made her acquaintance with our house cat for eight weeks, we called her Natalie because the name suited her personality. She softened our hearts, and became part of the family (outdoors) for thirteen years on our farm. It wasn’t until we lost her that I decided to tell Nat’s unique story in a picture book for children, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team!
You see, Natalie wasn’t just a pet. She had an important job on the farm. When we raised a seasonal group of bottle lambs just like she had been, I allowed them to graze with Natalie between feedings. It made logical sense to have the lambs stay with her so that they had an adult sheep as company, teaching them what their mothers would have. I’d feed the lambs and Natalie would be their companion.
Sheep are social creatures and enjoy being around other ewes. Natalie was the perfect solution, since Nat’s size made it impossible to run her with the other sheep in our flock. She could roam the property in front of our house without interference from the larger sheep— taking her hay and the feed from baby lambs. As elderly sheep with arthritis were unable to keep up with the main flock, we moved them in with Natalie as a friend for them as well. The old girls and bottle lambs grazed around our home with their own little barn using the 200-year-old catalpa tree as shade, making great subjects for my photography!
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Meet the Author:
Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer, artist, and crazy sheep lady who resides in beautiful East Texas. Her renown sheep photographs grace the covers of many livestock magazines where she also writes newsy articles about raising sheep from her hands-on experience. Marlene offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team which is based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. It's a touching story of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb. Marlene shares her life with her husband and dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep: a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, and cats, Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks. The cats believe they rule the household—and do.
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