A Very Important Day by Maggie Rugg Herold

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"Captures the excitement of immigrants who are becoming U.S. citizens. All across New York City, people are preparing for 'a very important day'...not the least bit daunted by a snowstorm....A tale told with vigor, exuberantly displayed in Stock's people-filled watercolor landscapes and cozy interior scenes of all the pre-oath preparations, this is a thoughtful celebration of one of this country's most meaningful ceremonies."--Kirkus Reviews.
 

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Catherine Stock lives in New York City and France. Catherine Stock was born in Sweden where her father was a diplomat stationed in Stockholm. He was soon transferred to Paris and Stock began school when she was four. She already spoke fluent french. A few years after that, the family moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and after four years in South Africa, they moved to New Orleans. Stock and her family lived in America for eight years; six years in New Orleans, and 2 in San Francisco Stock graduated from high school in June 1970. She was to attend the University of Cape Town the next year, but classes only started in March, so she chose to backpack across Europe in the intervening eight months. Stock started in Paris, went north to visit friends and relatives in Sweden and Norway and then slowly made her way down to Italy and Greece. She ended up working as a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel once her money ran out. During school, Stock endured the years of apartheid and spent one summer in Zululand, working at a hospital in Nqutu. After four years at art school, she got a job on the Cape Flats, teaching art and art history at a teacher's training college. She then decided to get her teaching certificate in London. Stock couldn't control the tough young kids in London's East End at all, and later, the older students at the Loughton College of Further Education were so bored and unmotivated, that teaching suddenly became a matter of either discipline or entertainment. Stock's parents were in New York by this time, so she arrived in town for a visit. She had no money, but her mother commissioned her to paint the family portraits. Because Stock's parents entertained a lot, word got around about her portraits and soon she was able to finance a post graduate degree in design at Pratt. Through Pratt, she got her first job in publishing, as an art director. After four years in New York at various publishing houses, including Putnam, Coward McCann, Atheneum and Clarion, Stock went back to Cape Town, but three years later returned to New York. She did not go back to publishing, but instead chose to do freelance work and write her own children's books.
 
Published August 14, 1995 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Romelia Castro says upon being sworn in, ``The long journey from El Salvador has ended.'' A tale told with vigor, exuberantly displayed in Stock's people-filled watercolor landscapes and cozy interior scenes of all the pre-oath preparations, this is a thoughtful celebration of one of thi...

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This is a very important day."" And as the new citizens, their families and friends leave the building to view the sun shining on the freshly fallen snow, a voice in the crowd proclaims, awkwardly and repetitiously, ""This has become our country on this very important day!"" Ending with a note ex...

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