Blog Tour ~ Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell ~ Review
A baaabaaaa welcome to the Blog Tour for Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Lamb/Sheeps + friendship and tons of sweetness. With beautiful illustrations by one of my favourite illustrators: Grace Sandford!
For today’s post I got a 4.5-starred review, book-author information, and there is also a giveaway (sorry, US only).
Let’s get this sheeptastic tour started~
I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
I loved that before the story started we get the story behind the story! Haha, that sentence sounds chaotic but I just can’t think of another way to word it. I thought the book was based on a fictional story but apparently it is something our author went through herself! That definitely made me more excited to read the story.
And then the story starts. We see how Nattie is born and how Mia takes it on herself to help this little lamb. I loved the bond these two had and how it grew as Nattie became bigger (though throughout her getting older she stayed smaller than the other sheep). The make quite the pair and I loved that Mia never gave up on Nattie. Oh no, no matter what Mia had faith in her lamb, in her sheep, and she knew she was destined for greater things. I was rooting for her and Nattie throughout the story.
I wasn’t always a fan of the grandma. She was so reluctant throughout the book about Nattie, and I wondered why she was thinking of selling it. One more sheep shouldn’t hurt and it makes your granddaughter so happy. I just wanted grandma to see. To understand.
I found the story well-written. Easy language and a good font, I also liked that the font was blue instead of the standard black I see in most books.
The art? Fabulous! As I expected when I saw Grace Sandford’s name on the cover. I love her work and have a few of her books in my library! So I delighted to see her make art for this picture book. Her style is just sweet and adorable. The sheep in this one were just so fluffy I wanted to step in the book for a woolly hug.
All in all, if you are looking for a fluffy and heartwarming book, I would highly recommend this book about a sheep and a girl!
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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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.