What starts out as a little family fun and mockery of dear old dad quickly turns into a clever hobby for this new kid on the block, which then becomes an earth friendly lesson for all, especially dad!
Find out how the Green Family becomes truly green!
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By Nikki Murphy Gilbert
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Chapter OneEight-year-old Gilbert Green had been busy packing up his old bedroom because he and his family were moving to their new house on La Verde Street. His new neighbors were in for a treat because they had no idea who they were about to meet!
Once the Green family was settled, Mom announced that there would now be two trash cans in their new place; one for garbage and the other one for recycled waste. Mom also said, "The Green Family is going green." Gilbert asked, "What does that mean?"
Mom replied, "Being green means keeping Mother Earth clean. Recycling is one way to help our earth thrive, and it can even help to keep all of the animals alive! We have to do our part, because every little bit preserves Mother Nature's beautiful work of art!"
However, it seemed Gilbert's dad, Mr. Green, didn't have a clue and needed an eco-friendly reminder or two!
On Monday, Dad came home from work and hurriedly looked through his mail, frowned at the bills, and tossed the paper into the garbage pail! Mom then let out a wail: "We recycle junk mail!"
On Wednesday evening, just before din-din, Dad loaded up his baked potato and tossed an empty plastic container into the garbage bin. Mom looked over from the table just then and said, "Hey team, we recycle empty containers of sour cream!"
OnSaturday afternoon after Dad had watched his favorite college basketball team win, they heard glass crash to the bottom of the garbage bin (Dad was very excited right then!). But Mom just happened to be standing near, and she said, "No dear, we recycle empty bottles of root beer!"
Then on Sunday, Dad was thirsty after playing tag, so he chugged his cola and tossed the can into the garbage bag. Gilbert thought to himself, Hmm, I'm pretty sure we recycle aluminum!
That's when Gilbert realized, his dad was probably not the only one on La Verde Street who forgets to recycle. So he thought maybe he should do his part to help save the world's natural art.
The next day, Gilbert had a plan, and he knew that his mom would be a big fan. He wanted to be a truly green man!
So he set off with his little red wagon in tow (a bit more green now, ya know!); it was time to visit his new neighbors and say hello!
Gilbert said as politely as possible, "I'm not trying to be mean, but I think we all need to be a little more green, so please let me help. I'll take your recycled waste," and he did so in haste. Mr. Sharp's daughter, Mindy said, "It's very trendy to be earth friendly." "And that's a good thing in this case," added Mindy's big brother, Chase. Gilbert said, "I'm just trying to do my part." "Oh bless your little heart," said Mrs. Brown, "I think we should green this entire town!"
So, Gilbert loaded up his wagon until it was full. The waste was so great, he would need all his might to pull, but he was doing his part and that is exactly how Gilbert Green got his start!
Every Thursday afternoon before trash pick-up on Friday, Gilbert would stop by and see his neighbors and fill up his wagon until there was no more space and each house on La Verde Street had its own recycling system in place. He hit the soccer field, karate studio and classroom too, collecting plastic bottles and cans and enough paper to last until 2022!
He learned of a recycling center nearby because his own recycling bin was just too thin. Every Monday after school, Mom would take Gilbert Green there to unload his recycled stash in exchange for some cash.
Before Gilbert Green knew it, he had saved up enough money to buy rechargeable batteries for his toys and energy-saving light bulbs that last 10 times longer than the other boys'.
Now Mr. Green finally heard his boy loud and clear and said, "I've learned a very good lesson this year." And with that, he recycled his empty bottle of root beer! So, no matter if you are a parent, child or teen, you're never too young or too old to go green!
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