Welcome to Barnacle Beach...

Meet Tommy Turtle...

Tommy and and his friend, Tilly, live on the breezy sands of Barnacle Beach

When a terrible storm hits Cape Ability, Tommy retreats into his shell and doesn’t know what to do.

Tilly turtle teaches Tommy to be brave and ‘have a go’ instead of worrying about failure. Throughout the story, she models how to change mindset towards making mistakes and also towards facing new challenges.

Tommy Turtle Courage

Why is Courage Important?

Growth Vs Fixed Mindset

Is your child a worrier? Do they feel anxious about learning new things? Do they crave perfection and get upset or angry when they make a mistake?

They may view a mistake as failure – a sign they are not good enough or clever enough. Their inner voice may be saying, ‘It has to be right first time otherwise I have failed,’ or ‘If I get this wrong, I am stupid.’

This negative inner talk puts enormous pressure on them before they even begin and is very unhelpful to learning new things! They may not even start the task because it is too much of a risk to their ego.

This kind of fixed mindset trait can lead children into being very reluctant to learn new things, they find it all too risky to engage and try. If they do try, they are very hesitant because they fear errors and view them as a sign of weakness.

Change Their Inner Voice Through Storytelling

Courage is a child’s ability to have a go, even if there is a chance they may get it wrong or may not like the outcome! It helps them not to worry what other people think, to celebrate mistakes and learn from them, to be excited to try new things and not to panic if things go wrong. They learn mistakes are just part of the process of learning!

This story teaches children how to develop growth mindset thinking. We need to send them the message that mistakes are OK – because they help us to learn what NOT to do next time.

How Does Tommy Teach Courage?


‘Have a Go, Tommy Turtle’ is brilliant at helping children give new things a try. At the start of the story, Tommy is also hesitant and averse to making mistakes. 

Tilly turtle teaches Tommy to be brave and ‘have a go’ instead of worrying about failure. Throughout the story, she models how to change mindset towards making mistakes and facing new challenges.

Mistakes are inevitable and part of the learning process – we must not fear them. Instead we should muster up courage, ‘have a go’ and if we make a mistake, that is fine (and sometimes even necessary!) – we can learn how to do it better!

This story can change your child from a fearful worrier to a brave tryer!

What Our Users Say…

Orla was so excited when she received her new book bundle! The books were so bold and vibrant; she couldn't wait to see the pictures inside. We read, 'Don't give up, Sadie Spider' first. The story was engaging and carried a clear simple message of not giving up. It is clever how each book involved characters from other books in Cape Ability. I definitely recommend these books to read with your child.

Ryan - Orla's Dad

We already have Bobby bee, Tommy turtle and Cooper crab, my 5 year old absolutely adores these books. We like them so much we’ve ordered 4 more. The quality of the books is amazing, easy to hold for both adults and children. The details in the pictures is so good, you can tell time and effort has gone into each one. We can't wait for the next in the series to come out!

Selina - Parent to two lovely girls

Our 4 year old has absolutely loved reading about the journeys of Cooper, Sadie & Bobby. He has 2 books at bedtime and he always chooses to have the Cape Ability book twice! We are very excited to meet the rest of the Cape Ability gang! 🕷🐝 🦀

Lizzie - Parent to two lively boys

Support Your Child's Mental Health with Cape Ability

Cape Ability was created by a Primary School Teacher with over 20 years experience.  Our stories really speak to little minds, with each motivational character teaching children to develop a healthy inner voice. Each beautifully illustrated book has a guiding principle which is demonstrated by a key character throughout the story. 

The books help develop a shared language between parent and child, allowing you to help them through life’s little challenges.

We live in an uncertain and changing world.  At Cape Ability, we believe every child should be equipped with an inner voice that helps them to stay happy and healthy.

PSHE at school

Meet the Rest of the Cape Ability Gang

Tommy Turtle
Tommy Turtle - Courage
Self belief
Bobby Bee - Self Belief
Learn co-operation
Roger Robin - Cooperation
Kiki Chameleon creativity
Kiki Chameleon - Creativity
Build resilience in children
Sadie Spider - Resilience
Cooper Crab
Cooper Crab - Concentration
Self reflection
Lizzie Ladybird - Reflection
Clara Clownfish - Curiosity