Book Title: 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
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.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Nattie is a lamb who is determined to live, and Mia is determined to keep her new friend that she has bottle fed from the beginning. I like the perseverance that Mia shows as well as the reality of farm life as depicted by her grandma.
Mia & Nattie is based on a lamb that the author had for 13 years. There’s even a photo of the real Nattie at the end of the book. She was the buddy to all of the orphan lambs every spring and fall. She not only helped the orphans, but having lambs around helped Nattie since sheep are flocking animals.
This is a wonderful story, and the illustrations are colorful. Both the story and the pictures should keep the attention of children. I definitely recommend Mia & Nattie, and I can’t wait to share it with my grandkids!
About 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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