You Can Do It, Bert! By Ole Konnecke




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:

  • Bravery
  • Facing up to fears
  • Following through
  • Being reliable
  • Gaining confidence
  • You’ll never know if you don’t try
  • The power of illustrations
  • Friendship
  • Support
  • Encouragement


Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • 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?
After reading:
  • 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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