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Just Because


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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 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 realise 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.

ISBN: 9780745962351

Author: Rebecca Elliott

For ages 5 to 8

Benefits of reading a picture story book to a child on life lessons:

Helps reinforce that we all make choices that we learn from to develop life skills.

Read Rebecca Elliott’s personal story

Our book review

This is a beautiful book about acceptance, after all, isn’t that what “just because” means? That’s just the way it is. Children can be very accepting. “Just Because” is a beautiful story of the relationship between a brother and sister, but there is something special, and something different about this relationship.

Clemmie is the sister and Toby is the brother. The story is written from Toby’s point of view and he says a lot of nice things about his sister, who is disabled. She makes him laugh, they go on adventures in her wheelchair, and she comforts him when there’s a storm outside.

This really is a heart-warming story with soft, colourful illustrations. Choose this picture book if you would like a story about acceptance, compliments, expressing your feelings, caring and love. For ages 5 to 8.

Written by Rebecca Elliot. Read her story here, on how her daughter’s difficult yet magical life inspired her to write children’s books.

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Weight 0.51 kg


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