Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: MIA AND NATTIE: ONE GREAT TEAM! by Marlene M. Bell ***REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***

Mia and Nattie: 
One Great Team!
Marlene M. Bell
Genre: Children's Picture Book (K-3rd Grade) / Farm Animals
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Date of Publication: October 4, 2020
Number of Pages: 34 pages
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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.

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.

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell is an adorable picture book about friendship, compassion, and helping others.  When Mia finds little Nattie, she knows that she is different from the other sheep.  With her small size and unusual horn and smile, Mia knew Nattie needed her help if she wanted her to stay on the farm.  But, with a little creativity and a lot of determination, Mia was not only able to keep Nattie, but help her find her life’s purpose.  

The story of Mia and Nattie is a great example of overcoming obstacles and how to treat others with compassion and kindness.  Mia could have easily let her grandma sell Nattie to the neighbors, but she knew that Nattie could thrive on their farm and be a good sheep just like the rest.  She just needed to figure out how.  The author does a great job showing how strong Mia is even though she is just a small child. With all the odds against Nattie, Mia’s true strength was not in her size but in her determination and problem solving skills.  When the opportunity presented itself, Mia knew just how Nattie could help on the farm.  A great lesson for young children who feel helpless, and like Nattie, have to live with some sort of disadvantage.  Mia and Nattie’s story shows that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can help others and overcome obstacles.

The illustrations of Grace Sandford work perfectly with Mia and Nattie’s story.  The color scheme of blue, green, and brown give that farm-like country feel as you read the story.  The child-like imagery of Mia, her grandmother, and all the animals fit the story well. Sandford creates an adorable Nattie with her fluffy-looking fur and odd-shaped horn that will keep readers rooting for her happy ending. 

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! would make a great addition to your child’s or school library, and it's perfect for themed lessons on friendship and helping others.  It's a heartwarming read from start to finish! 

5 Stars!


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. Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch, Marlene offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! It's a touching story of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb. Marlene is also the author of the award-winning Annalisse international mystery series, with the third book, Calico Raven to be released in 2021. 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.

Signed copy of Mia and Nattie, Nattie Plush, Nattie Mousepad, and a Nattie pendant

2ND PRIZE (US only): Signed copy of Mia and Nattie

3RD PRIZE (US only): Signed copy of Mia and Nattie

Giveaway ends at midnight, CST, 11/25/2020

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1 comment:

  1. Terrific review! And I hope librarians and teachers take your recommendation -- sounds like just the right book for kids to read.