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The Day I Became a Canadian

A Citizenship Scrapbook

by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

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published: 2008
publisher: Tundra
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The Day I Became a Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook

On a snowy February morning, Xiao Ling Li and her parents take part in a citizenship ceremony. The day is filled with wonderful memories for new Canadians. To commemorate this special occasion, Xiao Ling Li creates a scrapbook. Originally published by Tundra Books in 2000 as From Far and Wide: A Canadian Citizenship Scrapbook (Our Choice 2001).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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On a snowy morning, little Xiao Ling Li and her parents are about to take part in a ceremony — one that will make them Canadian citizens. To record the day for her new brother or sister, she decides to keep a scrapbook to treasure the day.

The Day I Became a Canadian is not only the story of one special girl and her family, it is a tribute to Canada. Xiao Ling Li’s scrapbook is a useful resource that is full of information for anyone embarking on the road to becoming a citizen.

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Contributor notes

Tundra author JO BANNATYNE-CUGNET has written novels and picture books for all ages. Her first book, A Prairie Alphabet, illustrated by Yvette Moore, became an instant bestseller and won many awards, including the
Mr. Christie Award and was a finalist for several others, including the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. Jo and Yvette also collaborated on A Prairie Year and Heartland: A Prairie Sampler. A mother of four sons, Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet lives with her husband, Ken, on their cattle and grain farm in Saskatchewan.

Tundra artist SONG NAN ZHANG was born in Shanghai. He received a Masters degree from the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world. After teaching at the Central Institute for several years, he visited Montreal, Canada, and decided to settle there with his wife and two sons to pursue his painting full time. His works on canvas have been regularly exhibited in eastern Canada, notably at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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