Margot Gets an Unexpected Visit

The fanciful adventures of a groundhog (Nature in Quebec, Pictures of Astonishing Wildlife Book 1)

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2019
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Author Biography

Lieve Snellings is a retired freelance photographer who lives in Leuven (Belgium).
Her series of children's books 'Nature in Quebec, Pictures of Astonishing Wildlife' count now 2 books, available in Dutch, English and French.

Lieve Snellings became 'BookGoSocial Top Voted Children's Author 2017' and 'Readers Review Room's Author of the Month October 2017'.

Her images illustrated many books, magazines and were published online. Her photos were shown in exhibitions all over the world.

Since 2008, after meeting up with her partner who lives in Quebec, you can find her for about 4 to 5 months a year in Canada. There she became a passionate nature photographer. She spent hours, weeks... observing wildlife and searched every info she could find. This and her imagination made her publish two children's books in which photos are as important as words. The books are written in her mother tongue Dutch and translated in English and French.

Lieve's fantasy is that 'image and word create together a new reality'. Enjoy her books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Margot Gets An Unexpected Visit is a charming work of nature storytelling and photography composed and compiled by author-photographer Lieve Snellings. In this story of nature in Quebec, aimed at ages 5 to 9 years old, the central character Margot is a groundhog. Also known as woodchucks, these typically solitary creatures may sometimes surprise you, and this is just the story which the author has captured and recorded for her tale. When Margot the groundhog meets two human girls with a passion for nature, an interesting and heart-warming story develops between them. Filled with real-life photos of their little adventure together, the book sends a message of how nature and humans can live in harmony together.

Author-photographer Lieve Snellings does a great job staging and capturing fantastic images to convey her story, and bringing other woodland creatures into the tale to enrich the educational value of the work. Marie and Lowieske are adorable sisters who clearly respect and are excited by interacting with nature, which is really inspiring for other youngsters reading this book to see. There’s also plenty of cultural quality and the humor of Canada present in the work, as well as European influences which again make the overall reading experience all the richer for learners. I can see this book being utilized in schools for the many lessons it can teach, as well as its high entertainment value. Overall, Margot Gets An Unexpected Visit is a recommended read for anyone with youngsters curious about the natural world.