Monday, January 18, 2021

Mia and Nattie: One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell: Book Review & Giveaway!

By Marlene Bell

Book Details:

GenreChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7) 

Category Children's Picture Book 

Pages: 32 pages

Publisher Ewephoric 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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Book Review:

HALL WAYS REVIEW: 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 below.)

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.  


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

Enter the Giveaway:

One Autographed Mia and Nattie picture book, One Nattie Plushie , One Boo Boo Ball ™ , (1) $50 Amazon Gift Card
(US only. Ends February 12, 2021)

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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



  1. Oh, my goodness! Thank you, Kristine, for the stellar review and high praise for a story close my heart. Grateful to have you join the Mia and Nattie iRead Tour!! Marlene M. Bell

    1. You are most welcome, Marlene. This book is a joy.

  2. This looks absolutely precious! Thank you so much for sharing. I know someone who adores sheep and I know this is something they would love.