Herold's first work captures the excitement of immigrants who are becoming US citizens. All across New York City, people are preparing for ""a very important day."" The Huertas from Mexico, the Patels from India, the Leonovs from Russia are all hurrying downtown, not the least bit daunted by a snowstorm. The Haos family from Vietnam skids downtown on a bus and the Jimenez family from the Dominican Republic comes by ferry to reach the courthouse. Not emphasized, but underlining this work, is the beacon of hope that that the US has represented to those in other countries. As Romelia Castro says upon being sworn in, ""The long journey from E1 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 this country's most meaningful ceremonies.