The last read-aloud suggestion for 2012 is another Cynthia Rylant book. This one is illustrated by Diane Goode. In this book, the author writes a personal narrative. She never uses her name, but the writing is in first person. Since Cynthia Rylant spent much of her time with her grandparents, this has to be taken from her life. Again, this is a perfect book to be a mentor text for personal narratives.
This book is full of writer's craft that teachers can use with their students. She uses the senses to add details: "...I pulled boxes of ornaments from her closet, which smelled like wool and mothballs." She uses the power of three: "There were silver icicles and white glass stars and soft angels." Also, notice the use of and in that sentence! A definite craft move. She teaches us how to use punctuation as a craft move, too. "Every Christmas Santa gave me just what I wanted: a new doll."
There also is a circular ending with..."But in that closet of wool and mothballs, there would be boxes of old ornaments, waiting."