Mia and Nattie:
One Great Team!
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.
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.
MIA AND NATTIE: ONE GREAT TEAM!
by MARLENE M. BELL
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.
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.
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