Blog Tour: Mia and Nattie – One Great Team!

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.

When I opened this book, I thought to myself that this will be a delightful children’s book.  I was right in so many ways, but what I didn’t expect was that I would be brought to tears before the end of the first page!  When I was a child, my grandmother raised two baby goats in her home, they were too small and born too early to remain with the other goats.  I bottle-fed and helped raise them with my grandparents until they were big enough to go to a neighbor’s house to graze and live out their lives.  This time was so special and formative for me.  I was overwhelmed by the real-life story of Natalie and how incredibly special our bond with animals can be! 

That’s enough of me waxing nostalgic, so on to the review!  Mia and Nattie is an incredibly special book with vivid illustrations, engaging prose, and a fantastic theme.  Natalie is a lamb, born too early, who has little chance of making it to adulthood.  Mia finds her, bottle feeds her, and cares for her!  Mia finds calm and relief in taking care of Natalie. 

The story is adorable, well-written, and perfect as a picture book!  The illustrations are bright, colorful, and engaging!  This would make a great Christmas gift for a teacher, a young reader, or parents of young readers.  Mia and Natalie are a perfect pair and I love that this story was inspired by a real-life Natalie!  I took the opportunity to read this with my son who is 8 years old.  We talked about the importance of love, compassion, and kindness. 

This is a wonderful picture book that is perfect for young readers, classrooms, and libraries!  Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for having me on this tour! 

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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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Mia and Nattie – One Great Team!”

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing Mia and Nattie. I especially liked your personal story and how well it relates to our Natalie. Lovely to have you as part of the Mia and Nattie tour with Lone Star Literary Life! Best to Ewe! Marlene


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