Just Because was written and illustrated by Rebecca Elliot. It is inspired by her children Clemmie, who has severe special needs, and her little brother Toby. On the first page, Toby introduces us to his big sister, saying she is his best friend. He then informs us that, "She can't walk, talk, move around much…," and he doesn't know why. "Just because." Such a simple, no nonsense statement.
As Toby continues to talk about his relationship with Clemmie, it becomes even more endearing and I swear Rebecca could have been writing this about my daughter (only without the sibling).
Clemmie is a lot like a princess (so is our Evie).
She makes sweet noises and funny faces
which make Toby laugh (so does Evie).
She has an great chair (just like Evie).
She has enormous hair and hates her hair being brushed.
(Evie has complete meltdowns when I brush her hair)
Just like Toby, I know why I love Evie. Just because.
I discovered that this is the first of two books about Clemmie and Toby! They return in another book titled Sometimes and they find themselves in the hospital making the best of a not so great situation and helping each other overcome their fears. You can find both books on Amazon.com.