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About the Author

Natalie Tinti is a fourth grader at the Vintage Hills Elementary School in Southern California. With her passion and talent for illustrating, she has won many awards. Currently, Natalie is helping to promote the theme "Kindness is Cool" at her elementary school. This includes assisting others by writing thank-you letters to students in response to their kindness. Through these efforts, Natalie stresses the importance of friendship and how students should persevere in being nice to everyone. Natalie believes that friendship is an important part of life and could be created when we have the courage to include others, and that having fun is our way to be the part of the Universe.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Perfect Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Tintinatie; 1 edition (December 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984262512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984262519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,231,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natalie Tinti is a young person on the move: the award-winning author, illustrator, and speaker. At a young age she picked up on a problem it takes most adults a lifetime to understand. Her peers were having difficulty making friends and finding acceptance, and faced the all too common issue of bullying.

Being a young leader on the move, Natalie took action writing a bestselling children's book. Sewing Friendship, a book about making friends, building self-confidence, and finding acceptance both within you and from others was born. It is no surprise to anyone familiar with the issue of bullying the book became an overnight success.

What might surprise you is she was just 9 years old when she turned this idea into a reality. "I didn't think of being a writer or an illustrator, or even a speaker at that age, even though I loved to draw." She said while speaking recently to a group of young people.

12 more books in the Sewing Friendship, family would follow. Each with its own lesson designed to provide inspiration to children and parents alike.

Her favorite speaking engagements are always with other young people. Delivering a peer perspective Natalie helps young people to better understand the impact their actions can have on others. This helps them to see the important role they can play in helping others, "If more kids would learn to think this way, we'd have far less bullies in our schools and less children feeling alone, rejected, and unloved," she says.

At 13, after four years of hard work nobody would blame Natalie if she wanted to take a break. After dozens of interviews, and speaking engagements, and loads of newspaper press, she is as passionate as ever about her cause.

A slate of new books is planned and she is busy getting them ready for release, each with its own lesson. Further she has developed a new initiative to help other young people get their stories out, by putting together a children's book full of stories submitted by other children from around the world. The only question left to ask is: If she has come this far in 4 years, what will the next four years bring?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Gogolushko on December 26, 2009
Format: Perfect Paperback
This is a great book for kids all ages, especially girls, since it really expands
on the subject of friendship in a very playfull & exciting manner. The book is about
five girls and the problems they encounter with "sewing a friendship". They main story
revolves around the fashion show & "pink sleepovers". This book was written by a
ten-year old girl, who is able to describe the emotions & fantasies of the girls
her own age much better than any adult would. Thus, I would recommend this book to
any parent who wants to promote healthy relationships with friends in their child,
while keeping them excited and interested in reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Poe on May 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sewing a Friendship, by Natalie Tinti , is a wonderful inspiring story with lessons in friendship. In this chapter book you will find four sweet 7 year olds girls planning a PINK SLEEPOVER, and preparing for a fashion show. The author has written a story using whimsical names such as, Sokron Blossom, Nina Key, Meeka Venya, and Jonsy Jipsy. With character names like these you can imagine how special this story is going to be. The girls decide to participate in a fashion show and begin to sew the clothes themselves. But, there is one problem, only 9-year-olds are allowed to model in the show and they need five participants. The four girls befriend Kiki Shaver, a 9 year-old they thought was not a nice girl.

The characters get to know Kiki, become friends and work together to accomplish their goals. The fashion show turns out to be a big success and they learn valuable lessons in friendship. I particularly like the beginning of the book where you will find an introduction to all the characters. Each character is outlined with information about their birthday, hair color, favorite food, and specialty just to mention a few. Each profile includes a full page drawing of the character. I know readers will be able to identify with the characters and maybe even imagine that they are one of them.

Did I mention that this book is authored and illustrated by a 10-year-old? Natalie Tinti has written this imaginative story that girls between the ages of 6 and 8 will love reading over and over again. The age appropriate vocabulary used by the author relates to how girls in this age group talk on a daily basis. Kids will relate to this text and will really enjoy the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LK Gardner-Griffie on April 29, 2010
Format: Perfect Paperback
This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at UCLA. This particular event is awesome as an author to see the number of people all excited about books. It helps give me faith in the path I am pursuing in continuing to write and produce stories for readers. I love having the chance to talk with my target readers and find out some of their interests. One of the additional joys of participating in book festivals is the opportunity to meet other authors face to face and talk with them. I was delighted to meet Natalie Tinti in person at the festival. Ms. Tinti is a poised, professional, 10-year old, who has written and illustrated a book about friendship. She not only had books, but also had colorful illustrated posters from her book to help promote her product.

Sewing a Friendship starts with a picture of each of the characters in the book and character profile of each, answering the questions of birth date, age, family, eye color, hair color, favorite food, favorite color, and specialty. For the target age group Natalie is writing for, I found this to be a nice way to start the story. The reader then knows who the characters are that they will meet and have a visual they can refer to if they need to during the course of reading the book. As a young reader, I always loved character profiles, just a little snippet about the character outside of the actual text. Then I would compare throughout my reading experience to see if the author kept true to the profile, or whether I could spot any discrepancies.

The story starts with the wind blowing through town and checking on each of the main characters at each house along the way. Ms. Tinti has very unique character names.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bigboss on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I always wish to indulge my kids into creative hobbies, especially reading. As a child, I engrossed deeply into reading as a hobby and later reaped huge benefits out of it. Hence, I wish the same for my child. Being in the tender age of 7 years, I expose my little girl to tales and reading material compatible to her age. In my similar quest of finding the apt books for her age, I found this book named "Sewing a Friendship#1" by Natalie Tinti. I always desired to build the strong ideals of friendship and its importance in my child's life and this book completely fulfilled my purpose. Turning through every page of the book, I realized that the book conveyed a great moral of friendship in a simple and interesting tale of friendship.
Once I judged the book completely and became contented with it more than my expectations, I handed over the book to my little one to explore and learn. Excited and enthralled on visualizing the colorful and interesting cover of the book, my little girl became deeply engrossed in the interesting tale of friendship. She could easily understand and count on the moral of strength in friendship and its importance in life as the characters of the story battled against the powerful with their strength of oneness and spirit of friendship. I wouldn't be shy to admit that even I spent few nights enjoying this beautiful tale of four little girls while reading out the bed time story for my daughter.
It is indeed one of those books which trains your kids with sound morals while they are busy enjoying their favorite colorful story book, thereby providing deep relief to parents like me who struggle each day to teach their children the true morals of life. Highly recommended!
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