I just finished re-reading IT (listening to IT, actually, on CD. Talk about an endeavor! 35 CDs!), and have a little light to shed on the subject. After the kids defeated IT the first time, they realized their power was spent, and Bill was no longer able to lead them unerringly through the sewers. Beverly hit upon the "solution" she did because they needed to re-integrate (so to speak) and restore their faith in both themselves and the group, which ultimately was the power they needed to escape the sewers. Not sure why King chose this particular method to restore the kids' power, but there it is. I still think it was a weird twist, but I hope my explanation at least made it fit within the framework set up in IT.
As a side note, I am revalidated in my belief that this is King's pan-ultimate novel, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book.
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