You Can Do It, Bert!
Bert is up to something big. He’s standing at the tip of a tree branch ready to go. He looks down to make sure the coast is clear. But wait. He needs to go back for something. Or maybe he’s getting a running start? Nope. A banana. He seemed ready but it’s apparent that Bert is stalling, not quite ready after all; and we’re not really sure what he has planned. He’s a bird, so maybe he’s taking his first flight, which can be very scary. What else could it be?
Bert’s story is told lightheartedly through short sentences appropriate for the intended audience of 3 years and up. Author and illustrator Ole Könnecke is sparing in his illustrations – some pages have one focal image surrounded by white space. Other spreads are presented in a flipbook style with repetitive scenes that change ever so slightly as the story develops. With curiosity aroused, young readers will be eager to learn what awaits Bert. What appears to be a big deal may not be so scary in the end. And, maybe there will be friends waiting down below to proudly cheer on Bert because they always knew he could do it.
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