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First published October 3, 2020

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Marlene M. Bell

5 books1,777 followers
Mystery at a killing pace

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.

Of Marlene's first novel, Stolen Obession, Kirkus Reviews said, "Debut author Bell delivers a great, slow-building romance, gently examining her characters' painful pasts." Stolen Obession also won the 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award (IRDA) for Best Fiction Cover. Stolen Obsession— and Spent Identity, books one and two, have received numerous awards including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery in 2020. The third book in the Annalisse Series releases in 2021. Calico Raven is an international mystery with touches of romance--at a killing pace.

In October 2020, Marlene offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! 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.

Visit Marlene Bell’s website at www.marlenembell.com

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457 reviews63 followers
January 6, 2021
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is an excellent children's story! It's about care and commitment, and as stated in the description, it's a heartwarming book that teaches readers about problem-solving, teamwork, and love. Yes, it does.

The writing and pictures are simplistic to understand, yet I didn't feel TOO simplistic. This book would really appeal to any youngster that has an interest and love for animals (and especially sheep), and perhaps being involved in 4-H 5th Grade and below. Highly recommended.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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2,289 reviews113 followers
November 19, 2020
This book is the perfect example of what happens when someone (or something) is abandoned and how others step in to assist and take care of that someone. It teaches a very timely lesson to children (and adults) that all things, big and small, are important no matter what they look like or how they came to into this world.  Sometimes great things come in small packages.

Mia is a wise young lady and recognizes that Nattie needs some help. Nattie has been abandoned by her mother and Mia sets out to take care of her to make sure she endures. Mia is determined that Nattie finds her place in the world and on the farm. Mia doesn't let the possibility of Nattie leaving the farm to chance, she sets out to prove that everyone and everything has a purpose and value. I love that she doesn't give up and proves to her grandmother that Nattie has a purpose on the farm and should not be sold just because she is lacking in certain areas.

I loved the illustrations, they are realistic, colorful, and whimsical and will be sure to delight any reader.

One additional bonus, this is based on a true story of a lamb named Natalie that the author raised much like Mia and Nattie. I enjoyed reading Natalie's story and how this book came to be, it is a sweet story and one you should read, if not to your child, then at least to yourself.

This book will make the perfect gift and there is a bonus that there is a stuffed lamb that looks just like Nattie that would make a great addition.

We give this book 5 paws up and recommend it to anyone with a young child. I can't wait to share this book with my great-niece.
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614 reviews147 followers
November 18, 2020
If you’re looking for a sweet book that teaches kids that their voice matters, that their perseverance pays off, and the power of love and friendship, this one is it!

Mia and Nattie is a great story about a young girl and a lamb on the farm. This little lamb is a little unusual, and Grandma doesn’t think she belongs on the farm. The lamb has a crooked horn and is a bit of a runt. Nattie may not be able to live with the rest of the flock or raise babies of her own. But Mia is a small girl too. She knows Nattie the lamb is special, and Mia sets out to prove it.

Mia uses her determination and grit to show herself and everyone around how one small person (or animal) can make a huge difference in their world.

While I don’t know too much about farm life, I do understand that there are tasks everywhere, mouths to feed, and work to do around the clock. Busy farmers certainly focus on keeping only the healthiest and strongest animals to keep the farm running smoothly. So what makes this book even more special, is it focuses on the animals with more disadvantages and those less likely to thrive in a farm environment.

During hard times, it is not easy to stay motivated and positive. Books like Mia and Nattie are so vital to read to our children right now, and always, really. Instilling a growth mindset in the littles is priceless, and is such a valuable lesson to learn early. What better way to teach perseverance than by reading a fun and happy story.

Mia and Nattie is also a great story to read to differently-abled kids, empowering kids of all abilities to keep trying, and not to give up on their dreams or goals.

The illustrations are lovely, too. Sweet doodles about farm life and depicting our friendly and unusual little sheep Nattie. The drawings are realistic and whimsical, which brings Nattie’s fun quirks to life. The illustrations pair nicely with the storytelling.

I love that this book is based on a true story from the author’s experience with a special sheep on her farm. It really helps connect with the story more, knowing there really was a special sheep who touched the author’s heart and overcame her own obstacles to have an important role in their lives.

This is a great book for a read-aloud with younger kids or a read-along with older kids.
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459 reviews52 followers
January 20, 2021
This is a wonderful picture book about Mia and a little lamb Nattie. Nattie was born a little different from the other little lambs, and Mia knew it. However, Mia knew her lamb was going to be very special even though she was born different. This is a wonderful story about how being different can still mean you can accomplish great things. I enjoyed this story very much, and I believe the youngsters will as well.

I would like to thank the author and iRead Book Tours for the review copy in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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435 reviews38 followers
November 25, 2021
This book is super adorable. Nattie the lamb is different from others. She was born early and therefore is smaller than the other lambs. Mia takes her into the house to take better care of her. As Nattie grows, Mia’s grandma still doesn’t believe Nattie belongs there. But Mia is determined to show her grandma that Nattie is special!

I won a free copy of Mia and Nattie in a Goodreads giveaway.
November 16, 2020
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Based on the true story of a lamb that captured the author's heart, this book is an incredibly heartwarming, sweet, and gentle story about commitment and the power of love!

Nattie doesn't quite look like all the other lambs on Mia's Grandma's farm. Born with a crooked horn, short legs, and the smallest of the sheep, Nattie has a lot to overcome if she's going to make it on the farm. Despite Nattie's differences, Mia loves this small lamb unconditionally and works hard to prove to others how invaluable Nattie is to the farm. And it is through this endearing bond that their friendship shines!

The story vividly demonstrates how children can have a voice, and through perseverance, they can make things happen. Mia is a testament to the idea that where there is a will, there is always a way!

The illustrations are realistically portrayed, but have a very whimsical touch that certainly adds charming visual representation for all the heartfelt emotion expressed throughout the story. Many pages feature full-spread illustrations that showcase just how mighty this little lamb becomes. These precious illustrations are inviting to young readers and have a nostalgic style that adults will enjoy as well. I really appreciated that the animals are not anthropomorphic, so as to celebrate the real-life relationship that develops between animals and humans.

The quality of the book's construction is amazing, especially given that it will more than likely become a huge hit with your child and receive lots of handling. This hardcover is extremely sturdy with thick pages that are well bound, so it's going to take a lot for this book to fall apart! And the end pages of the book are absolutely gorgeous!

Overall, this is an adorable and absolutely delightful picture book that will resonate with readers of all ages!

Many thanks to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book. This is my honest and thoughtful opinion
Profile Image for Jennifer.
Author 24 books550 followers
November 15, 2020
Mia and Nattie is a sweet, heartfelt story about a girl who always felt small, unwilling to abandon the ewe that doesn't fit in. Award-winning author Marlene M. Bell invites adults and children alike to embrace what makes us unique. What makes one person (or animal) useful may not hold true for another. The important thing is to remember we're all united in love, and our ability to give and receive it, no matter our differences.

I taught pre-school for years, but it's always a revelation to see the way my four-year-old interprets stories. As an author and avid reader, I am always looking closely for things like story beats, characterization, and especially illustration. But children look for something different, don't they? My son usually wants to be either entertained or to learn something. He's always asking questions, and his reactions are blessedly genuine. So when my hardcover copy of Mia and Nattie came in the mail, I couldn't wait to introduce it to my son's bedtime routine. 

My son and I live in an old farmhouse in the woods, and his uncle runs cows, so he loved reading about the sheep farm. Much like Mia, my son worried about Nattie's fate and loved seeing the grow and interact with the other sheep. He asked questions like, "did Nattie grow up into that big sheep?" and as we've re-read the story since, "can I see the real Nattie again?" One of our favorite parts of the book is the ending, where Bell shares the true story behind Mia and Nattie, including a photo of the real Nattie hiding behind a tree. 

Grace Sanford's artwork, with its clean lines and soft tones, perfectly accompanies Bell's clever prose. While some picture books are dominated by bold illustration work, Mia and Nattie's story is accompanied by simpler art to balance stronger storytelling. Mia and Nattie is meatier than some picture books, which fit perfectly for my book-loving four-year-old. We look forward to more adventures from Marlene M. Bell and hope you'll take a chance to fall in love with Mia and Nattie too.

**I was provided with a copy of Mia and Nattie by the publisher and this is my voluntary and honest review.**
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11.5k reviews358 followers
January 25, 2021
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!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
Profile Image for Lorilei Gonzales.
163 reviews3 followers
November 18, 2020
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell is a cute story with adorable illustrations by Grace Sandford. If you were to judge this book by its cover, your assessment would probably be correct. This is a quality hardcover children’s book with crisp lines, bright colors, and beautiful binding. (I would love to buy the endpapers as wrapping paper or in journal form.)

The fact that this story is based on true life makes it even more charming. There is nothing more heartwarming than a story of a child creating a bond with an innocent creature. The story of Mia and Nattie is like a viral video from The Dodo where a kind human sees past an animal’s imperfections and sees the beautiful spirit within.

When I read this book to my 7-year-old, the plot and the cute pictures immediately pulled him in. He asked why Nattie was alone and couldn’t fathom why the grandmother didn’t want to keep the little lamb inside the house. He really liked how Nattie’s short and straight little horn made her look like a unicorn. He was worried about her wellbeing but was very happy with the ending, as was I.

Unlike other children’s books, this one goes beyond looking pretty and teaches valuable lessons without patronizing kids. Bell’s writing style is clean and conveyed nicely by way of font choice and page layout. I think that the recommended audience of kindergarten through third grade is spot on. I recommend this book to anyone with children in their lives. In a school or childcare setting, this book is a great lesson on embracing differences and deserves a prime spot on every bookshelf.
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Author 3 books174 followers
January 8, 2021
It's hard not to fall in love with Nattie and wish to cuddle up next to her warm, woolly side.

Based on a true life experience and a real sheep, this picture book tells the tale of a pre-maturely born lamb and her bond to a young girl. Mia finds the newborn lamb, Nattie, and knows it doesn't have a large chance at surviving thanks to its size. Taking Nattie in, she cares for her in her kitchen until Grandmother insists the sheep needs live outside. It soon becomes clear that Nattie can't live with the other sheep and doesn't seem to have a purpose on the farm. But Mia refuses to let Nattie be sold and soon discovers exactly how valuable Nattie is.

This book is done with quality and care. The illustrations bring life to Nattie and Mia. Especially Nattie quickly becomes hard not to love with her realistic portrayal and her own, endearing personality.

The text is age appropriate and allows each moment to come across clear, while keeping the emotions and feelings right where they need to be. I would have enjoyed a tiny bit more slide into the beginning, but this tale immediately draws listeners in and keeps them in the pages. The friendship between Nattie and Mia radiates from every page and will resonate with listeners as they dream of having the same type of bond with their own favorite pet. Even when Nattie is to be sold, it's hard not to fever for Mia.

The ending makes Nattie that much more lovable and shows how warm and loving this sheep really is. Wholesome, good feelings are left behind, making this one a read that definitely belongs in the 'again' category.
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Author 1 book7 followers
November 16, 2020
Marlene M Bell's new book Mia and Nattie is based on the true story of the author's own experience with a preemie lamb, and the love she felt for that special little lamb shines through in this heartwarming book.

Telling a tale of unconditional love, persistence, and how everyone has a place, young Mia brings an abandoned newborn lamb into their house to help her survive. Nattie has a lot of things working against her and Grandma wants to sell her, but Mia fights to prove that Nattie can earn her place on the farm.

Mia's devotion to Nattie is lovely and the story shows how she sees past Nattie's crooked mouth, too-short legs, and wonky horn to the true gifts Nattie has to share. (It's a message that grownups could benefit from as well.)

The book features simple and soft illustrations with playful touches by Grace Sanford. The expressive faces of both Mia and Nattie help convey the emotions in the story. I especially loved the end paper with its depictions of Nattie in different poses - it's a sweet hint of what's inside.

The book itself has a lovely, sturdy hardcover and its pages have a slightly glossy, thicker weight that will hold up to eager hands.

I'm giving Mia and Nattie five loud "baas".
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207 reviews52 followers
November 17, 2020
Marlene M. Bell has created another charming children’s book. Mia and Nattie relates the story of a young small lamb named Nattie who has a crooked horn needing to find a place in the world. Mia takes it upon herself to save Nattie and find a purpose for this young lamb on her Grandmother’s farm.

One of the true essences of this children’s book is that everything does have a purpose in this life and sometimes it just needs helping in finding that purpose. It is also a story about determination and showing that friends can come in all forms. I also found that Mia and Nattie additionally relates that adults do indeed listen to kids.

Grace Sandford illustrated the book charmingly. The colors and drawings complement this story splendidly.

I read the book silently and then out loud to see how the story would carry if one were reading it to a child or to a group of children. With each section of words, they flowed like an unwavering breeze. This book is perfect for kids ages three to six.

At the end of the book, readers find out that the story is based on a true story! How marvelous is that? Making it a book I adore even more.
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862 reviews53 followers
December 31, 2020
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by Marlene Bell will warm your heart when you read it.

This one short book will teach children and adults valuable life lessons while remaining an entertaining read.

Mia learns perseverance, hard work, commitment, and caring will pay off in countless ways.

Grandma learns that appearances are deceiving. Even the littlest creature on the farm can be helpful if they only find their place.

Even if you aren’t interested in the life lessons, the story itself is heartwarming, fun, and highly entertaining.

The entire book, from cover to cover, is beautiful. The illustrations are bright, vivid, and eye-catching. The pages are thick and glossy. It’s made to last for generations.

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team should be in every library!


I received an advance copy of the book. This review is my honest, unbiased opinion.
429 reviews2 followers
October 2, 2021
It's a beautiful story! A little girl named Mia befriends a baby lamb. Both the girl and the lamb are considered less than perfect, but they are perfect together and they are a wonderful illustration of what friendship is about. Additionally, the artwork of the book is excellent. I highly recommend this story for children. It is both wholesome and teaches a very good life lesson!
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817 reviews43 followers
January 18, 2021
Yes, you've seen this book on my blog before, and if you follow me on social media, you saw me singing its praises back in November, 2020, when we had this fabulous book and Texas author on Lone Star Literary Life. When I say I can't get enough of little Nattie, I'm not kidding. This story gripped my heart from the first moment I laid eyes upon it, back when it was still in its formative stages and the author blessed me with a peek at it. I promise you that Mia and Nattie: One Great Team will tug on the heartstrings of anyone who spends times within the pages of this beautiful book.

Let's start by talking about that book beauty. Maybe I should, but I never hesitate to share that I am one who is quick to judge a book by its cover. There are a lot of books out there, so if I'm clicking through digital shelves (and as soon as is safe again, browsing in-store, in-person), a book has to catch my eye. Mia and Nattie has a sweet cover graphic and soothing colors that draw you to it, and once you pick up the book and hold it in your hands, you won't want to let it go. Its construction is top quality with a sturdy cover and a size perfect for little hands. Open the cover, and the first few pages lure you in with artwork that would make great stationery! And the talented Grace Sandford's artwork that complements the story is whimsical and warm and expressive: a perfect match to the story.

The story...Marlene Bell's words are as lovely as the illustrations. Her word choices are perfect in their simplicity, and the text is nicely balanced on the pages so that the blocks aren't overwhelming to the young reader. The book lends itself perfectly as a read-along, with a young one snuggled into the lap of her grandma, studying the illustrations and hearing the beautiful story. (I cannot wait until it's my grandbaby in my lap. We'll be taking it up a notch the little Nattie plushie for extra snuggles -- see the photo shoot on my blog post.)

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is a story of belonging and believing, purpose and perseverance. More than anything, it is a story of love that shows that kindness matters. Best of all? The story is based on the real story of little Natalie, a horned Dorset sheep that weighed just three pounds and defied the odds and lived thirteen years. (The author shares that story as the conclusion to the book.)

What a gift it is to read and re-read this precious book. I highly recommend you get your copy (and plushie -- available on the author's website) for your home library and gift one to your local school library.

Thank you to the author for providing me a beautiful print copy in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. This full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog.
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484 reviews29 followers
November 20, 2020
Have you ever loved an animal so much you considered it your best friend? Did you talk to it and tell it all your problems? I know I did. Marlene M. Bell does a fantastic job bringing to life the very best of our pet-loving memories, and she does it in such an enchanting way!

I was drawn into this cute story from the very first page. You can tell that the author and illustrator worked well together by the way each illustration shows the emotions on the page, and in this case, they were memory-invoking for me. I loved Mia’s attitude and caring nature. She never gave up or lost hope for Nattie. Instead, Mia time and time again persevered in the face of defeat. She truly showed how much she cared about Nattie’s well-being.

“MIA HAD TO COME UP WITH A PLAN.
MIA COULDN’T BREAK NATTIE’S HEART.”


I also enjoyed the progression of the story and how Marlene M. Bell developed the story in an easy-flowing way that any age could understand. Her word choices were not too basic that older children would not enjoy the story (I mean I enjoyed it), yet they were still simple enough that even very young kids would enjoy this book too. Especially if you make sounds 😊. I thought the themes that Marlene M. Bell chose to display, perseverance, loyalty, and standing up for what you believe in, were just right for this book, and the Illustrations certainly helped me picture life for Mia and Nattie; They were beautifully done and show attention to detail. I look forward to reading more adventures from Mia and Nattie!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for the fun engaging story, for the relevant themes, and for making me want to read more about Mia and Nattie’s adventures! The only thing that I noticed was that a couple of the first pages seemed rushed and I wished that there had been more details to fill the gaps; but that would not affect young readers, and did not affect the readability of the story. I sincerely recommend reading this book (Or getting it as a Christmas gift) for anyone who likes books.

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
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648 reviews52 followers
February 3, 2021
I was graciously sent a review copy of Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell in exchange for an honest review through iRead Book Tours. Thank you Marlene and iRead! This has not swayed my opinion; my thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

My review will be featured on my blog along with a guest post portion written by Marlene herself! The post goes live at 5:30am EST 3 February 2021. https://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p...

Mia and Nattie is the story of a young girl named Mia and the tiny, orphaned lamb she finds and raises, Nattie. As Nattie grows, Mia's grandmother insists that a small and not perfectly formed ewe doesn't serve a purpose on their working farm and that Nattie should find a new home, but Mia is determined to prove Nattie's worth and show her grandmother that although Nattie won't be a mother and provide them with new little lambs, she can most certainly do valuable things for the farm. What are those things? Read to find out!

This story is absolutely adorable, and so are the illustrations that go with them. My favourite illustration is definitely baby Nattie surrounded by foliage doodles on page 4. My heart is melting!

This is a great little book that can be used to teach kids to accept differences, theirs or others, and to show them that everyone has value. Not everyone can do the same things in the same way, but everyone has something to offer and no one should be overlooked.

I loved the page at the back telling the story of the real miracle ewe that inspired the story, Natlie, complete with an adorable photo of the sheep peeking out from behind a tree.

I will definitely be recommending this book to my mother and sister, both primary school teachers, and I foresee reading this one to my daughter countless times in the near future! For bonus cuteness, see my blog post for this title on Westveil Publishing. My daughter had already gone to bed when I prepared this review and the tour stop, but my cats were only too happy to help get a photo of the book!
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381 reviews9 followers
January 21, 2021
True Story with a Relatable Message for Families. It is not easy being little--and feeling that everyone has roles to play and something to offer the family except maybe the littlest one. This book takes children into the life of a little girl and an orphaned, runt lamb--and follows them as they follow their hearts and find their places and roles on the farm. The true story about Natalie the lamb offers children a cute, relatable tale with some real-world messages about empathy and differences and offering unique talents and skills.



Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is a Heartwarming Story for Families. The book is intended for little ones--but will bring smiles and tug at older children and parents' heartstrings. Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is a great story, with simple illustrations and easy-to-read pages that remind us the value of appreciating everyone for who they are and what they have to offer the world--even if they don't fit the expected mold.



Would I Recommend Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell? Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is an adorable children's book that reminds us all that, no matter how small, we can stand up for others and help others find their gifts. I would recommend this for families with pre-school and early elementary-aged children and family storytime with older children.

I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
1,516 reviews17 followers
February 17, 2021


Mia and Nattie is a cute story of a little lamb that was born different, so Mia brought Nattie home and kept her inside the laundry room. That is until her grandma made her move Nattie outside. Grandma still wants to get rid of Nattie but then find out she is a special sheep. But will Nattie be able to earn her stay, as far as the grandma is concerned?

I love Mia and Nattie and Mia was such a good girl to take care of the little lamb. And after Nattie grew into a sheep, Mia still loved her special animal. The love between these two shines bright. Though sometimes grandma doesn’t seem so happy with Mia. I thought the author did a really nice job of telling their story. As well as showing that an animal that is different does have a purpose. And I love the story at the end of the book about the real Natalie. How cool is that, knowing Nattie was real, and that this story is based on the real life Nattie. I just love the illustrations by Grace Sandford, they are so adorable. She was able to capture the story through the pictures she created. I love the vibrant, beautiful colors and the adorable Nattie. And Mia and her grandma were so cute, though grandma did have some weird facial moments in there that were very comical. I found this story a really sweet and adorable read. A read that should be in every daycare, preschool, kindergarten, and all elementary library. Be sure to ask you child’s school library, ad well as your public library to get copies of Mia and Nattie’s story. This is one book that will sure be checked out by every student, especially the little girls.

This precious little book, with it’s sweet story, it’s precious characters, with the illustrations that tell the story so well, is beautiful inside and out. I will save this one for my new grandaughter! And this one is a Five plus Stars for me! I would love to be able to give this one more Stars, it sure deserves more!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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27 reviews
November 15, 2020
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team is a children’s picture book about a little girl and her lamb by Marlene M. Bell. When a little newborn sheep is abandoned in the barn, Mia brings her into her Grandmother’s house, and bottle feeds her. Eventually she grows big enough to live outside. Mia loves Nattie, and wants to keep her as a pet. Nattie is a very small sheep, too small to flock with the rest of the herd. She needs to find her a way to be useful so she can stay on the working farm with Mia.

Mia and Nattie is an honest depiction of raising livestock, which is a little sad at times, although it all works out for the little sheep in a very nice way.

The art is digital cartooning done in a two-dimensional style. Grace Sandford uses thick outlines, and pencil-thin lines for details and textures. There are lots of details in the scenes, there are wood swirls on the fences, and the fleece is fluffy. Lots of soft colors complement the natural colors of sheep’s wool. I liked all the drawings of the little lambs. They look very soft and friendly.

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948 reviews737 followers
January 21, 2021
A Wonderful, brightly illustrated true story written for small children!

What an adorable story! What is even more incredible is that it is true!

Author, Marlene M. Bell, has created a delightful children's book about a true event.
Mia was small like the newborn baby lamb she named Nattie. Nattie needed special care to survive.

As Nattie grew older, Mia had to find a way to convince her Grandmother that Nattie was worth keeping. Would she find a way before it was too late?

Not only was this a well-written story for young children, but it is also fun to read the Author's note at the end of the story, relating details of this real-life quest.

Illustrator, Grace Sandford, has created beautifully bright, colorful illustrations with cartoon-like characters. The pages of this book are substantially thicker than average paper and the binding is secure in this high-quality physical book.

This is a perfect read for Preschool or early elementary age children. I highly recommend it for Summer Reading Programs and children's' Book Clubs.

*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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1,484 reviews16 followers
January 22, 2021
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Nattie is a lamb who is determined to live, and Mia is determined to keep her new friend that she has bottle fed from the beginning. I like the perseverance that Mia shows as well as the reality of farm life as depicted by her grandma.

Mia & Nattie is based on a lamb that the author had for 13 years. There’s even a photo of the real Nattie at the end of the book. She was the buddy to all of the orphan lambs every spring and fall. She not only helped the orphans, but having lambs around helped Nattie since sheep are flocking animals.

This is a wonderful story, and the illustrations are colorful. Both the story and the pictures should keep the attention of children. I definitely recommend Mia & Nattie, and I can’t wait to share it with my grandkids!
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January 25, 2021
Sweet Story Based in Reality

I've never considered myself an animal person, but I found this children's story about a little lamb and her child keeper absolutely enchanting. Before the picture book starts, the author shares the story of the real Nattie, including a picture of her. So, while the story is fictional, it has some basis in a tiny lamb (that became a ewe) that was a part of the author's life. In the story, the little girl finds a small lamb born too early for her mother's milk to come in. She takes her inside and bottle feeds her. Even though Nattie is a little malformed with a crooked smile, short legs, and one horn that's like a unicorn’s, Mia finds her perfect and does everything she can to take care of her. When it's time for her to live outside, not in the laundry room anymore, Mia makes a special place for her. But since she is too little to have lambs of her own when she grows into a ewe, Grandma decides to sell her. Mia does not want to lose Nattie, and eventually, she finds a “job” on the farm that Nattie can do. The illustrations are simple but show Mia’s emotions (including the love!). I like how this story shows the power of friendship, especially a relationship between those who are not “perfect” (Mia sees herself as small and inconsequential). None of us are, after all, but for some of us, it's more obvious. I liked, too, that this book shows how we all have a place, even if it is not typical or something considered before. This is a sweet book to share with young animal lovers and those who ever felt they didn't fit in.

I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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257 reviews3 followers
January 16, 2021
Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by Marlena M. Bell is a sweet story of friendship between a small girl named Mia and an orphaned baby sheep named Nattie. Nattie was abandoned by her mother because there was not enough milk to feed her. Mia discovers Nattie and takes her inside to care for and bottle feed. Mia and Nattie bond and Mia feels that Nattie is perfect even if f she is small and imperfect. Eventually Grandmother says that Nattie has to go outside, but Nattie doesn't know how to be an outdoor sheep. Mia works with Nattie to get her ready to live outside with the other sheep. Grandmother has other ideas and wants to sell Nattie because se is too small to have babies. n Mia convince Grandmother that Nattie can serve a purpose on the farm or will Nattie be sold?
This is a sweet story and the illustrations are adorable. Who wouldn't want a cute baby sheep as a friend after reading this story? Children will adore Nattie (and may ask if they can have a lamb as a pet) while they learn about friendship, teamwork, compassion, and love. It also shows that everyone has value, no matter what imperfections they may have.
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576 reviews20 followers
January 2, 2021
I found a sweet book about a little girl and a baby lamb. This story is a sweet one. Though I think mostly about compassion and how being unique and special. What will happen to this baby sheep that is born and makes a connection with a little girl?

Will Mia find a special job that will help keep her on the farm? Will Grandma sell her as she thinks. Mia seems quite attached to Nattie. The story seems to show you that small and little that they can help when they find the right job or special thing they are good at.

The pictures are done well. They are cute. The pictures are what makes me turn the pages. They seem drawn well. Mia does some special care for Nattie. You will be surprised what Nattie's special magic or talent is.

This book shows what teamwork is or can be. It doesn't always have to be two kids or two people that do the teamwork. That was seen in this book.

This book is good for those that have children that love farm animals and or animals in general. It teaches and also shows that some animals can be calming and stress relievers without being with others. What a lovely story about a little girl and a baby sheep. What a good book to pick up. Children can learn about teamwork and caring for baby animals.
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678 reviews47 followers
January 17, 2021
The best way I can describe the impact Mia and Nattie had on me is that it gave me all the feels. It is such an incredibly sweet and inspiring little story! The adorable illustrations are fitting and the perfect accompaniment to this powerful tale. With sturdy pages, cute drawings, and a weighty theme, my hardback copy is certainly a keeper.

Based on a true story, Nattie, a tiny preemie lamb, is loved and taken care of by young Mia. Despite Nattie's little frame and unusual horn, Mia protects and believes in the little lamb's importance and eventually reveals Nattie's unique gift.

Not only is this story sweet and fun to read but is quite meaningful. We each have our own weaknesses and faults, yet we also possess special gifts we can offer others. Mia and Nattie are a sweet, memorable team!

Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.
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195 reviews5 followers
January 21, 2021
What an amazing book! Based on the true story about a little goat named Natalie. Natalie is a goat with a crooked mouth and one straight horn that never grows to the size of a regular goat. That's okay though because Natalie isn't a regular goat, she's extra special.

Mia is a little girl that falls in love with Nattie and wants nothing more than to keep her on the farm. Mia's grandma wants to sell Nattie, but Mia never gives up. She keeps showing her grandma all the ways that Nattie is useful on the farm.

Overall it's a beautiful story about being unique and that's what makes someone special. Just because we are different doesn't makes us any less usefull. Everyone has their own special place in life. This story should be shared with every home. We loved this story and it's gorgeous illustrations.
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664 reviews27 followers
December 11, 2020
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
I would like to thank the author for giving me this wonderful opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading at once. It is a really cute story. I am sure any child would love this book being read to them or reading it themselves. Right now I didn't have any little ones to read this story to but I do have a furry baby that loves having stories read to him and he seemed to really enjoy the story. A most wonderful read and I highly recommend.
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5,011 reviews178 followers
January 5, 2021
This is a cute, quick read. I loved Mia and Nattie. Nattie shows that you can be little but mighty. All you need is someone to have your back and believe in you like Mia did. While, I get where Mia's grandmother is coming from in regards to wanting to get rid of Nattie due to farm life. I was not a fan of Mia's grandmother and found her kind of mean. For a young reader book; I think other young kids will share my feelings.

Other than this complaint I did like this book and I know that my niece will enjoy reading it as well. There are not a lot of long sentences or huge words that she will need too much help with. So, she can read this book mostly on her own. The illustrations are clean and not clustered as well; this way they help the story along without distracting the young readers.
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1,348 reviews18 followers
January 18, 2021
What an adorable book! Mia and Nattie is a must read for all children. I read this book with my 9 and 7 year old sons and they both enjoyed this book very much. Mia finds a orphaned and cold baby sheep while visiting her grandparent. Nattie is not like the other sheep. Nattie is struggling to grow. Mia understands. She has had a problem with fitting in with others. Mia's grandmother wants to sell Nattie - and Mia makes it a mission to show her family that while Nattie is different - she has a special place in the family.

This is beautifully illustrated and written. It teaches kids the importance of loving and caring for animals. We enjoyed this book.



I received a copy of this book through Iread book tours -- all thoughts are my own.
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