By Here
Dianne Elizabeth Nelson
AuthorHouse (2009)
ISBN 9781449003661
Reviewed by Max Aures (age 3) and Mom for Reader Views (12/09)


“By Here” explores the changes that take place when the train no longer runs through a small town.  Whistles no longer blow, the tracks are rusty, and there are flowers growing.  Lots of things are different when the train doesn’t go through anymore.

Max:  “I like when the picture shows rusty tracks and then shiny tracks.  My favorite picture is of the castle in the sky made out of clouds.  I like when they say ‘The train doesn’t run, the train doesn’t run, the train doesn’t run by here anymore.’  I say that part with you.  It says that lots of times.”

Parent’s comments:
“By Here” by Dianne Elizabeth Nelson is quite a catchy book!  My son loved the repetition of “The train doesn’t run by here anymore.”  He always ended up “reading” that passage with me.  He is also a big fan of trains.  We have never read a book about just the railroad tracks without one picture of a train.  In this aspect, “By Here” is a very unique and we really enjoyed it.


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