The Day I Became a Canadian

The Day I Became a Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook

By Andrea Belcham

A review of The Day I Became A Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook by Jo Bannantyne-cugnet

Published on April 1, 2009

The Day I Became A Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook
Jo Bannantyne-cugnet

Tundra Books
$10.95
paper
978-0-88776-892-7

The Day I Became a Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook is the award-winning tale of a young girl’s Canadian citizenship ceremony, now available in paperback. The story is in the form of a memory-book created by Xiao Ling Li for her unborn sibling, and includes her journalistic account of the day’s events, accompanied by “photographs” and her drawings. In heartfelt words and vivid colours, author Jo Bannantyne-Cugnet and illustrator Song Nan Zhang capture the excitement and solemnity of the ceremonial process, which takes place at the narrator’s school. With its touching story and information on citizens’ rights and responsibilities, this book is a wonderful introduction to the topics of community and national identity. (Ages 7 – 9) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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