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Because ...
by Mikhail Baryshnikov
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The exuberance of movement and drive for expression of a talent - no matter one's age - are the subjects of Mikhail Baryshnikov's Because ..., while Vladimir Radunsky's illustrations keep the story in colorful, eccentric motion.

It's narrated by a small boy. He lives in a red house and spends his time with his Grandma, of whom he says that 'she just always embarrasses me. Every minute, every hour, every day of the week!'

You see, Grandma is in perpetual motion - she leapfrogs, rolls over, slides, break-dances, tap-dances, does cartwheels, flaps her arms, swings, gallops, and even flies - and when asked why, her answer is always 'Because ...'

Grandma (who reminds me of Auntie Mame) finishes her 'Because ...' sentence at the very end of the book, as readers (young and old) cheer her on. Because ... is an inspiring story of being who you are, no matter what other people think.

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