MIA AND NATTIE - ONE GREAT TEAM by Marlene M. Bell
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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.
When Natalie was old enough to venture outside the laundry room, she’d follow me into the kitchen while I made her bottle of warm milk. On this day, she found Buggs watching us. Buggs was our inside cat who wasn’t too sure about this new invader into his territory. Natalie couldn’t resist checking out the strange, furry creature, and began her introduction to the fifteen-pound family cat who loved to lounge on our cool tile. Natalie was such a calm little lamb with a sweet disposition, she and Buggs soon got used to each other and became good buddies.
Every three hours, Natalie would make her rounds from the laundry room, through the dining area to touch noses with Buggs, then off to the kitchen in front of the sink while I made her bottle of lamb milk. She’d wait there patiently and totter back to her room when she’d finished her bottle. The eight weeks while Natalie was inside the house were the longest in memory. She was the first and only lamb to ever live inside our home!
My husband, Gregg was even more relieved when Natalie finally made her way to our garage and eventually to her private pasture near the house. A lamb as small as Natalie was at birth typically didn’t survive to adulthood. Natalie became the happy exception.
A beautiful story book based on a real lamb who wasn't like the others.
Mia's grandmother raises sheep. New babies are born every spring. Some need more attention than others. When Natalie was born, her sheep mother was unable to care for her properly.
Little Mia wants to step up and do all she can to help Nattie grow.
Although Nattie thrives under Mia's care, sheep do not belong in the house.
This is a wonderful story about understanding and second chances.
It is about finding one's place and doing what one is able.
The book is beautifuly illustrated, cover to cover.
The characters are endearing.
The book is the perfect size to share with a classroom or for a young reader to hold on their own.
Narrated in simple language, no overly complicated words, there are opportunities for vocabulary building.
For those who love Charlotte's Web or Audrey the cow, and parents who grew up with Little House books, this is an enjoyable book you will read again and again.
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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