In this story, the snake Verdi does not want to become green (grow up). He thinks greens are dull, boring and rude. Through his misadventures, Verdi learns that growing up is not such a bad thing, and you can still be yourself on the inside-even when things change on the outside. Change is a part of every military child’s life. Whether it is change due to a move, or change because of a loved one’s absence, the uncertainty of change affects children. Through this story we can see that even though there are challenges with change, there is also support and help from our family and community. Most importantly, children will see that even though Verdi turns green, he still remains true to himself. The story highlights the themes of Zest for Life, Discretion, Self Control, and Humility.