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Bert has been preparing for this for a long time. He is ready, mentally and physically. But before he takes the plunge, he might need a bit of encouragement from his friends. You can do it, Bert!...

Title : You Can Do It, Bert!
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ISBN : 9781927271032
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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You Can Do It, Bert! Reviews

  • Adrienne Furness
    2019-02-25 16:21

    This made me snort-laugh. I always appreciate a picture book that manages to surprise me, and the interplay between the text and illustrations is great. The text is spare, but so well-chosen that you can hear the intended inflection, which is especially impressive in a translation.

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    2019-03-02 11:40

    A fun story with ample white space that really lets the illustrations breathe, pause and wait for the next spread. The illustrations are humorous and dynamic. This is a solid picturebook.

  • Khloe Belfiore
    2019-02-20 16:16

    "You Can Do It, Bert!" is a motivational and simplistic childrens book. Bert is a bird that might need some encouragement from his friends when it comes to plunging himself into the unknown. He tries to stall the adventure by using tactics to by him time such as "Im Hungry" and then proceeds to go eat a banana. Its not long before he realizes that he can do it. His friends give him confidence to jumped into the swimming pool. This book is about one overcoming a difficult fear and trying something new. It delivers a powerful message to young kids about reassuring them to not feel reluctant when wanting to try new things. Im sure many kids can connect to this story and tell about a time when they were afraid to do something which opens up for a great conversation after the book has been read. Its fun and exciting to read because you expect one things to happen when at the end something completely different takes place. This is a great message to teach t young kids, don't be afraid to go for it, and you are capable of anything especially with the support of your friends. Friendship, adventure and challenge are all displayed throughout this short story. The illustrations in this book are simple but bold. There is so much emotion that is conveyed through the characters face especially the eyebrows. The amazingly simple illustrations and vibrant facial expressions make for a pleasant story. His pictures match his text, theres not much to them but they are very effective. the bright color scheme accompanied by a lump some of white space leave room for the child's imagination. He does a good job of only drawing what is essential to the story, he relies on the colors and facial expressions of the characters to allow the reader to feel how Bert is feeling.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-16 10:41

    The anticipation builds as Bert approaches the edge of a tree limb and prepares to leap. Just when it looks as though he's ready to do it, he heads back for a snack, and seems to be putting off making that big leap. When he determinedly steps off the branch, young readers are expecting him to fly upward or to land in a thud on the ground. Instead, his downward spiral results in a splash as he hits the water where all his friends await, calling out encouragement. (And don't we all need that sort of thing?) As readers see all the other animals climbing onto the branch that makes a perfect diving platform, they realize that diving into the unknown, even when it is just a pool, can be a bit frightening. I enjoyed how the author/illustrator played around with my expectations about what was coming. Even with a brief picture book, it's delightful to be surprised by a twist in the story.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-20 14:27

    This is a fun tale about taking a leap of faith and trying something new. It's good to face our fears, whether it's learning to fly...or something else. The simple tale has a fun plot twist that we thought was terrific; in fact, our youngest read it a couple of times just to relive the effect of the surprise.This is an English-language version of a German story, and I was very impressed with how well the story comes across. Granted, the narrative is quite basic, but sometimes books lose something in the translation. The illustrations are fairly simple and sparse. The birds are cartoonish and we loved the expressions on Bert's face. Overall, it's an engaging and humorous story and we really enjoyed reading it together.

  • Cat
    2019-02-21 13:29

    What a great story for young ones just trying something they find frightening for the first time! Love the encouraging friends! This is another one of those stories that has a fun twist ending! The Illustrations are bright and bold and silly! Story is relatively short, but amusing! Kids and parents alike will enjoy this happy little book!

  • Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
    2019-03-14 11:17

    This is a cute, simple picture book with a surprise half way through. Bert is a bird out on a tree limb, who along with the encouragements of the narrator, is trying to psych himself into jumping off. The reader is lead to believe that he is learning how to fly for the first time, but there is a twist in the plot that puts a smile on the reader’s face.- Miss Emily

  • Kelly
    2019-03-17 13:43

    Very simple, very fun story of a bird named Bert who is learning

  • Angelina
    2019-03-11 17:35


  • Brett
    2019-03-10 11:36

    So cute!

  • Celeste
    2019-03-03 11:21

    I don't think I would have thought of this book for toddler storytime until I saw someone else use it so successfully. It's surprisingly very fun when you get into it.

  • Emily Carlyn
    2019-03-09 09:39

    Sweet story. Tells about a bird that promised he would do something and followed through in the end (even if he was scared a little bit).

  • J
    2019-03-18 16:30

    Short, funny book. Easy to keep kids' attention with this one.

  • Storywraps
    2019-03-05 16:23

    Know someone who is starting out on a new adventure in their life? Starting school? Graduating? Moving? Beginning a new job or going overseas on a long trip? Well this book is a perfect gift to share with them.This delightful book showcases Bert, an adorable, and brave (well he thinks he's brave) little bird. He is confident that he is mentally and physically prepared for what lays ahead of him... but is he? Head down... eyes focused...brute determination cranked up to "Yes I can!!"... Bert is off and running. But oh my, Bert gets to the edge of the limb of the tree and all his confidence leaks out like a deflating balloon. He abruptly does an about face and walks back towards his nest unable to take the plunge into midair and land in the water below. He proceeds to eat a banana to calm down, tosses the peel over his shoulder, then peers over the edge. It looks like an awful long way down but cheered on by his friends below he closes his eyes, and jumps!!! Can Bert do it? Will he succeed? I hear him feebly yell..."help!" Did he make it safely? His encouraging friends hear a splash and with relief in their voices say to Bert:"I always knew he'd do it." "Me too.""You can count on Bert."Bert doesn't need a floating device when he enters the water because his little chest is so puffed up with pride at his accomplishment that he becomes one. The illustrations are minimal and the message is positive and will resonate with those heading off into the unknown. Yes they too can do it! I highly recommend this book.

  • Tasha
    2019-03-16 09:35

    Bert is ready, he knows just what to do. He approaches the end of the branch, and… decides he needs a running start. Here he comes! Wait, he’s got a banana for a snack. He looks over the edge again and after a little yelling from the narrator in encouragement, he dashes right off the end of the branch! He’s worried on the way down, down, down until he hits the water. The other birds are right there saying they always knew he could do it and together they head up to jump off again.This wonderful twist on a first flight book will take children by surprise. The book captures the dread and then the wonder of taking a plunge in life, literally. Children who are trying new things will find encouragement in this little orange bird who has enough personality for multiple books. Throughout the text is spare and told in the voice of an observing narrator, who uses all sorts of tones to encourage the little bird on his way. This makes for a great read aloud.The art too is simple and bright. Most of it is Bert alone on the one branch, with plenty of white space around him. Readers will envision right from the beginning Bert launching into that blankness and flying off. It is the space around the illustrations that help with the subtle deception and assumptions. It’s cleverly designed and will work well with groups of children thanks to its large format and clarity.Great read aloud and a great addition to story times and units on taking risks. It will also make a great one to mix into books on flying! Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  • Alison Smolinski
    2019-02-19 17:31

    This children’s book may be very short and not have a lot of words, but the themes of adventure and taking risks are evident as Bert faces a big challenge of finally jumping off of the branch that his nest is on. Also, the themes of bravery, courage and determination are all illustrated when Bert has to complete his task. This book also shows how true friends believe in each other and encourage each other to get through the difficult tasks in life. It wasn’t my absolute favorite book, but the storyline was cute.

  • Caryn Caldwell
    2019-03-07 13:31

    It's Bert's big day, but jumping off the safety of his branch turns out to be really tough. With the encouragement of his friends, however, Bert may just discover that, yes, he can do it!This is a quick read with few words and simple but expressive illustrations. It's well suited to reading aloud, and the twist at the end will likely surprise many students. Would work especially well as a boost before students embark on a difficult project or test. Would also be a great beginner for a discussion on anxiety, fear, and how to approach scary tasks.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-03-13 15:36

    Originally published in Germany, this is a humorous story of encouragement.. It’s Bert’s big day to jump out of the tree. He’s ready! Or is he? He stalls. He eats a banana. He thinks. Can Bert do it? Using a minimalist style, the cartoonish illustrations focus on Bert’s internal struggle. The crisp white background sets of the short text. The story finishes with a delightful twist. This title is great for a preschool or kindergarten read aloud. Full Review at

  • Paula
    2019-03-04 10:32

    Bert was mentally and physically prepared. He checked everything. Again and again. He hesitated. There was something missing-- Oh yes! Refreshment. Not that Bert tried to retreat, no, no, he has just gone for a banana. Maybe if his friends had not all encouraged him, Burt would not dare. But they shouted BERT! because they believed. And it is then, and only then, that Bert felt ready. And he did it

  • Judy
    2019-03-06 09:22

    A minimalist book. Few words, spare illustration style, simple concept. Quite classy in a way, as I've come to expect from Gecko Press. And yet, part of me is thinking that it's a big investment for such a small concept... Would that idea be better suited to a greeting card than a hardback picture book? I don't know the answer. This industry is full of such questions, as indeed is the art world.

  • Amy
    2019-02-28 16:25

    Popularity/appeal rating: 5Quality rating: 4In a one-sentence nutshell:I was waiting for a funny surprise ending, and Konnecke delivered! I'm amazed at how much he's able to communicate with very spare text and illustrations. It reads more like a joke that's spread out over several pages rather than an actual story, but there's nothing wrong with that. Kids will love it.

  • Tracey
    2019-02-27 14:25

    Bert, a little bird, stands nervously on the end of a branch. It is time and he has prepared himself, but does he have the courage to do it? “You can do it, Bert!” Yes, he does. He steps off the branch and… The twist at the end of the book is sure to have everyone laughing and cheering for this brave little bird.Original post on

  • Yu Min,
    2019-03-02 12:23

    You can do it, bert! , this book is so cute. This illustration is for really young children and so nice. The lesson of this book is "you can do it". So that is more impressive things. Their illustration is so cute! It is more interesting for me. The goose which comes in this book makes bert more encourage to do something. That point is more cute in this book.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-03-16 10:42

    Bert can do it, yes he can. Bert works up the courage to what he really wants to do. You will have to read this picture book to find out what it is and cheer Bert on.A truly positive book about facing your fears by Ole Konnecke and published by Gecko Press.Great book for very young readers.Go Bert!!!

  • Mary
    2019-02-19 14:25

    Haha! I got a good laugh out of this book. Just when you think you know why Bert, a bird, is teetering on the end of a branch psyching himself up to launch, it goes in a different direction. It's a simple book, but fun nonetheless.

  • Nanci Booher
    2019-02-26 15:16

    Bert is a bird sitting on a branch...he has mentally prepared himself....he is going to take a running start, oh wait, scratch that, he is eating a banana. Told with little text and fantastic illustrations, this story will start conversations and encourage littles to not give up!

  • Marcie
    2019-03-08 13:20

    I can see pairing this with Leo the Late Bloomer and other "motivational" preschool books. Not the same message to parents, but still might be fun and to me it is interesting that it is an irma-black finalist. I can see the humor may have more appeal in Sweden.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-07 14:45

    Bert is ready! He is prepared! But he needs a little encouragement from the audience. A great read aloud with simple and wonderful illustrations and a great twist! Perfect for summer, or I'm brave! Storytimes!

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-03-02 10:33

    I love when I find picture books with a simple text and simple pictures. This one comes in at only 63 words. The best part, though, is that I could read it 63 times and still not get tired of it!

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-02-25 10:45

    Text and images are deceptively simple but clever and genuinely engaging. Kids will love this and beg to have it read again and again, quickly chiming in and soon able to read it on their own. Packed with personality, surprises, and a satisfying resolution.