Published Date:20th August 2010
Dimensions:215 X 258 X 6 mm
Illustrations:Colour illustrations throughout
Notes:Signed with drawing by author 1st with all edition numbers
A younger brother describes all the fun his has with the big sister he loves so much... just because
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.
'A truly lovely book. It is indeed for all readers, all children and all adults. It shows children what's possible and it puts adults in a position in which we can see and understand everyone, not just the so-called able-bodied. It's fun, it's rhythmic, it's thoughtful. It's not simply or only 'worthy' - though it is the best kind of worthy - it has a poetry about it.' Michael Rosen, Children's poet and former Children's Laureate 'This delightful, warm, beautifully illustrated picture book deserves a place on every bookshelf.' Jacqueline Wilson, Children's author and former Children's Laureate 'A book that deserves a place in every library and school in the country!' Joy Court, Chair of the Youth Librarians' Group 'The just because" approach is excellent because it recognizes difference without having to understand why, and acknowledges the unconditional acceptance and love that exists between siblings. Against this backdrop, it can really help children to learn and understand more about disability. The images are charming and I can see this book being genuinely helpful for many families with a disabled child or relative, as well as in pre-school and primary school settings.' Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children '[A] thoughtful picture book to meander through together... This warm, colour-saturated, loving story is a treasure for all readers.' Carousel 'A gorgeous tale of sibling affection. Just Because is brimming with love and warmth, and Rebecca Elliott's illustrations are superb too. Highly recommended. 4.5 Stars' Bookbag [This] is a book of great strength and subtlety and it comes as no surprise to find that Clemmie and her brother are based in Elliott's own children, thus their story is told be an author-illustrator who knows them and their lives intimately. In these pages Elliott explores what it is that makes someone loveable and we with her characters find that it is 'just because' In using the child narrator and setting up 'just because' as the refrain that is the answer to seemingly impossible questions and situations, Elliott has found a way to bring a luminous clarity to the fact that there isn't an answer to disability, just as there aren't answers to so many of the important things in life. When Clemmie's brother says something is 'just because' we get a sense of positive acceptance, a sense that sometimes we can appreciate something without understanding it fully. The text is spare and the illustrations are quite dreamy, very bright with an exuberance and energy conveyed through big brush strokes, which carries the disarmingly thoughtful narrative perfectly. Colourful and attractive, this is one for every bookshelf, in the library, at school and home.A" The School Librarian