Just Because, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780745962351

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In JUST BECAUSE, Elliott explores the simple love of a young boy for his older, wheelchair bound sister. From the very first page, the reader learns that big sister Clemmie cannot "walk, talk, or move around much...." And yet here little brother loves her for the way she makes silly faces, or has crazy hair, or even the way she prefers his pictures of dragonflies over that of pigeons. There are not too many books that feature significantly disabled characters. JUST BECAUSE celebrates the normalcy of children who sometimes struggle to fit into the mainstream.

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A heartwarming story about a little brother who seeks to understand why his older sister doesn’t do anything. She doesn’t talk, walk, cook, clean, play with other kids, or move around much. He learns she doesn’t do anything just because…she has a disability and is unable to do things others can do.

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