This was a beautiful children’s book that provides a lovely story of friendship, family, and responsibility. Mia and Nattie’s relationship shows a beautiful bond and understanding between a girl and her sheep.
Nattie is a sheep that was born a little different than the other sheep. Mia sees something special in Nattie and takes care of her, watching her flourish, and noticing a special gift that Nattie has.
I thought this was such a cute story. Mia and Nattie had a lovely relationship, and I enjoyed Mia’s persistence in helping Nattie. The story is well-written, and something that children will enjoy. My daughter loved reading this story and was very invested in what was happening!
The illustrations are bright and colorful. I thought the illustrator did a great job making the story come to life!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! for children that are preschool to middle-grade and enjoy stories with animals.
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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.
Just the Facts:
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: Routt Street Press
Pub Date: October 3, 2020
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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