You Can Do It, Bert! is such a gorgeous, simple story about a bird who does what he says he’s going to, even though he’s afraid.
Bert is standing on the branch of a tree. He’s ready. Today’s the day. He checks things one more time and then… nerves take over and Bert looks as though he may not make this leap.
A bit of encouragement and he’s ready to have another go. Go Bert, go!
Well done, Bert! The other birds always knew he could do it!
Why I love it:
It’s definitely the simplicity of this book, that I love most. The words are not great in number and the illustrations do the majority of the story-telling. For this reason, this is a terrific book for developing readers.
I also love the theme of ‘never giving up’ and this book would be a brilliant starting point for a discussion about one of my favourite expressions: ‘It’s not brave, if you’re not scared.’
Of course, another reason I love this book is for the simple fact that the main character is a bird called Bert.
Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:
- Facing up to fears
- Following through
- Being reliable
- Gaining confidence
- You’ll never know if you don’t try
- The power of illustrations
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- By looking at the cover, what do you think Bert is trying to do?
- List 3 adjectives to describe Bert.
- What is the author’s name?
- What nationality do you think the author might be?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
- Why do you think Bert took a while to jump?
- Do you think there was a moment when Bert had decided not to jump? When was this moment?
- If Bert hadn’t jumped, how do you think he would have felt?
- If you could say one thing to Bert, what would it be?
- Do you think Bert’s friends were proud of him?
- Have you ever been scared to do something, but still gone ahead and done it? Tell me about it.
- How did you feel after?
- Look inside the back cover, what was this book originally called?
- Where was it first published?
- Now what do you think might be the nationality of the author?
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