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Mia and Nattie: One Great Team!

4.78  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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 read
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2020 by Self-Published
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Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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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 re
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
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
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jody Joy
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 exchang
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

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 inval
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 t
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
Lorilei Gonzales
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Tonja Drecker
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 wit
Jenn Belden
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 an
Gina R Mitchell
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 heartwarmin
Kristine Hall
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 tu ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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-in
Jenna Rideout
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.

Mia and Nattie is the story of a young girl named Mia
Angela Thompson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 a ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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 specia
Lee Austin
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.

Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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-w
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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. S
Jamie Jack
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, childrens
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
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 out ...more
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 thin
Cover Lover Book Review
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 a
Book Dragons TBR
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 h
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 w
Connie Carpenter
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 sp ...more
M.M. Hudson
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of a little lamb who was abandonded by its mother because she could not feed her.
I loved the sweetness between the little girl, Mia, and the lamb. Mia's willingness to stand up to her Grandmother for something she believed in was admirable. At the same time she learned to be patient.

I think some children will get these concepts. However, I think the true message is to take care of each other and be kind. All children will know that with love of animals.

Terrific story.

Kay Enderlin
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is my review.
I give this wonderful written beautifully illustrated storybook five stars. This book is very educational for children's storybook.
I like the fact that this story teaches children and adults it is okay to be different. Beautifully illustrations that displays the characters and the animals. Also it teaches everyone that whether they are a person or an animal we all have a job to do in life. I received a copy of this book via the author and I'm reviewing it voluntarily.
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