Dianne Elizabeth Nelson
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.”
“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.