Thank you to iRead Book Tours for having me as a part of the official book tour for Mia and Nattie – One Great Team by, Marlene M. Bell. I believe that you are never to old to read children’s books, so I am very pleased to be able to review them for you on my blog.
There will be two posts as a part of this tour. Here, I am reviewing the book and I interview the author in another separate post. Be sure to check them both out – and don’t forget to enter to win the special prize pack too!
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.
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.
I doesn’t get much cuter than a little girl and the lamb that she loves! And so Mia and Nattie – One Great Team is on the surface a really sweet read. But underneath all the cuteness, there is a really wonderful lesson and that’s what makes this book so special.
Mia and Nattie are a little different. Each has their own challenges in life and together, they not only form a bond, but they make great things happen. Overcoming their differences through perseverance and just a little bit of grit, they prove that if you believe in something and work hard, you can make great things happen.
Discussion and learning points in this book include:
- Goal setting and achieving
- Staying motivated and positive
- Life on a farm
Mia and Nattie make a great team and this book is a wonderful one to share with children of all ages!
One Autographed Mia and Nattie picture book, One Nattie Plushie , One Boo Boo Ball ™ , (1) $50 Amazon Gift Card (1 winner) (US only)
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