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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Mia and Nattie - One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Mia and Nattie - One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherEwephoric Publishing
Release date:   October 3, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone. Family based book for all ages.

 

 

Book Description:

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.

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My Review
Mia and Nattie - One Great Team is a super cute children's book about a little girl and her sheep. Nattie is a "runt", born too soon, and Mama Sheep can't feed her. Mia decides to take her in and care for her, raising her so she can maybe one day join the flock of sheep on the farm. But Nattie isn't quite able to reach that milestone, and Mia's grandma plans to sell Nattie to a neighbor. What's a little girl to do?
This book showcases a determined little girl willing to do whatever it takes to keep her beloved sheep friend. She puts her thinking cap on and tries to come up with a way to solve her problem: how can she stop her grandma from sending Nattie away?
The illustrations are adorable, and the story itself is heartwarming and full of love. Young readers will enjoy the story of Mia and Nattie. 
I'm not fond of sheep myself (a fear from childhood that has carried over into adulthood), but I would definitely make an exception for Nattie. She was my favorite part of this book. 
5 stars!


Mia and Nattie book EXCERPT
 Tiny Nattie studied the ways of older sheep.

She ate grass and tasty weeds.

She ate grain and hay and drank water instead of milk.

 But Nattie would never be big enough to live with the rest of the flock.

She was too small to raise babies of her own.

“Your lamb needs a home,” Grandma said to Mia.

“She has one! Please let me keep her.” Mia hugged Nattie’s neck.

 Mia squinted back tears before they fell on Nattie’s wool.

“A neighbor wants to buy her,” Grandma said, then spun around and walked to the barn in silence.

Mia had to find a way for Nattie to stay.

 

Meet the Author:

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.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 18 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 - Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review /giveaway
Jan 21 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 21- Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 - Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 - Twirling Book Princess - book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 - Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Authors.ace – book review
Jan 27 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 29 - My Journey Back - book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Feb 1 - Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Chit Chat With Charity – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 - Reading Authors Network - book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 3 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – I'm Into Books – book review /giveaway

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