Just Because (Paperback)
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My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can't walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don't know why she doesn't do these things. Just because.' This heartwarming picture book about being perfectly loved, no matter what, tells of a brother's love for his sister. He is so enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs... and by then we just accept as he does all the wonderful things about her. This amusing and often touching story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate.
About the Author
Rebecca Elliott is an author-illustrator who has won several awards and been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her children, Toby, Clemmie and Benjy, often star in her books. Her website is www.rebeccaelliott.com
"Refreshingly, the story is about the bond between the siblings and all that they can do. . . . it serves as an excellent reminder that children in wheelchairs are not defined by their disabilities." —School Library Journal
"Elliott does a rare thing, humorously and beautifully: she portrays a character with profound disabilities. . . . With its steady refrain and comforting illustrations reminiscent of rag dolls, this book would make a wonderful read-aloud." —Storypockets (Carnegie Library blog)
"This delightful, warm, beautifully illustrated picture book deserves a place on every bookshelf." —Jacqueline Wilson, author, Girls in Love