When Gabby and Grandma get together, "Green Day" means "Fun Day." From sewing their own cloth bags and buying vegetables at the Farmers' Market to recycling their bottles, these two know how to have a good time while doing good things for the earth.
The illustrations in Monica Wellington's popsicle-bright palette-enhanced with myriad shades of green-result in a perfectly "green" addition to her books for the very young.
In this earnest picture book, carrot-top Gabby spends a day with her grandmother celebrating the environment. They sew their own reusable grocery bags, visit a farmer's market, and check out books about "save the Earth" projects from the library. Gabby and Grandma's activities are rendered in sunny gouache and photo collage, while tips and reminders about protecting the planet appear on sidewalks, signs, and in border art ("Save those scraps for compost," shouts a recurring mouse character who, with his megaphone, comes across as just a little hectoring). Though the overall effect is rather instructional, Wellington energetically weaves an optimistic green message into an urban backdrop. Ages 3 5.