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Each Little Bird that Sings

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,869 ratings  ·  666 reviews
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals--her family owns thelocal funeral home, after all. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead--just like that--six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and tr ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Can I just say how much I lovedlovedloved this book? Incredible characterization. Quirky, unique names. Heart-wrenching speeches. Wow.

Deborah Wiles has such talent. I was in Snapfinger, Mississippi. I could see the inside of Snowberger's Funeral Home. I was terrified on the rock with Comfort and Dismay. (And annoying Peach.) I wanted to slap Declaration's snooty face. And I was most definitely inside Comfort's closet with her as she sat with her mayonnaise jar of freshly-sharpened pencils.

I can
Cindy Huffman
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Emma Kesidis
I have read Each Little Bird That Sings twenty-seven times. One summer, I read it three times in one week. In seventh grade I could recite the first five pages from memory. Though slightly childish, Each Little Bird That Sings remains, to this day, my favourite book. Deborah Wiles created characters I considered some of my best friends. I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed, saw what they saw. Comfort became my sister, Peach my cousin. I was mad at Declaration, and I missed Great-gr ...more
Linda Lipko
Oh how I love this tale! Told from the perspective of ten year old Comfort Snowberger whose family owns the small town funeral home, this is such a delightful book that each page is filled with humor, poignancy and wisdom.

No stranger to the grief of others, Comfort witnessed 247 funerals. When funeral #248 is that of her beloved Great, Great Aunt Florence, quickly followed by funeral #248 of loving, kind Uncle Edisto, Comfort realizes that "Life is full of surprises, not all of them good."

When h
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“A real friend sees past the trouble and into your heart.”
“It takes courage to look life in the eye and say yes to the messy glory.”
“Open your arms to life! Let it strut into your heart in all its messy glory!”
“It’s not how you die that makes the important impression, it’s how you live.”
“Everything had a grand purpose, and there was nothing amiss in the universe; it was our job to adjust to whatever came our way.”
“Think of disappointment as a happy little surprise.”
I loved this book! If you like "Because of Winn-Dixie", you will probably love this book, too!
Paige Miller
Omg this book was great but made me cry like, 10 times and I am not an easy crier! Animal lovers will love it and sob along w/ me!
Stephanie Jobe
What’s a good onomatopoeia for blowing your nose? The cover illustration by Marla Frazee is beautiful but I think the original cover that shows Comfort and Dismay in profile rather than straight on might provide a better sense of the mood of the book. Now don’t get me wrong this is an absolutely fabulous bildungsroman (Yes, I love this word.) that deals wonderfully with the monster that is grief. Comfort Snowberger is a ten year old force to be dealt with. She has grown up around death at her fa ...more
I've developed a love for Juvenile novels in the last year. They can be so vibrant, so genuine, so worth recommending to everyone, including adults! Each Little Bird That Sings is going on my Juvenile lit evangelization list along with The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Budd, Not Buddy, Here Lies the Librarian, and The True Meaning of Smekday.

It's a perfect book about death--and life!--for young people who are dealing with it for the first time. It's also about serving others, friendship, cooking
I cried for the entire last two discs. Not such a great way to start the work day. [sob:]
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I thought this book would be a happy book, but it turns out sad till the end. But it taught me some great things later on.

Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles talks about a girl name Comfort that has to deal death with every day, almost every day. Comfort is 10 years old, and her family’s work is related to arranging funerals. Unfortunately, Comfort lost two of her family members in a year. They are Uncle Edisto, and her great-great Aunt Florentine. They both taught her a lot about life
I really liked the idea of this book along with its quirky setting and family. However, when I am mindful that this is a book for children it seems a little confusing. The author made a point of using names that were very unique. Because of this, I spent a portion of the beginning of this story just trying to sort out who people were. The story is about a young girl named Comfort Snowberger who is raised in a funeral home. She has had to deal with death for a living and even writes obituary noti ...more
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Ginny Messina
The Snowberger family owns and operates a funeral home in Snapfinger, Mississippi. The three children—named Tidings, Comfort and Merry (the last presumably because the mom’s name is already Joy) have grown up around death, and they understand it in a healthy and respectful kind of way.

Toddler Merry naps in an empty casket while her parents work and has a little bit of trouble distinguishing between people who are sleeping and those who are actually dead. Thirteen year old Tidings (who must be b
Rebecca McNutt
In the style of books and films like the 1990's film My Girl and the book The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines, this children's story about a strange but creative girl trying to find her place in the world is both well-written and vibrant, and easy for any kid who's ever felt like an outsider to relate to.
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This was a beautiful, but very very sad story about a family of funeral home folks. The main character, 10 year old Comfort Snowberger aspires to be a journalist and practices by writing "life notices" as opposed to obituaries about folks in her community as they pass away. Her family is incredibly close, and with death all around them they are pretty frank and honest and loving.

Somehow the story manages some humor amidst the sadness (several of the Snowberger family pass away in the story) - it
I was filled with dread early on in this book, as it's riddled with things that set me off--quirky southern characters, precious names (Mother: Joy. Children: Tidings and Comfort); precocious children; extended loving family (not that these don't exist, but the level of peace and love in this particular family seemed highly implausible. But again--more about me than this book); dog soon to be in jeopardy (sorry for the spoiler).

I pushed on because of the good reviews and awards and now that I've
Bianca Rosa-Aviles
This book is the first book I will include in my text set as it discusses how death is a part of the world. Comfort lives in a funeral home and has been to more than 240 funerals, so she thinks she knows all about death.Comfort Snowberger's great-uncle Edisto dies, and her great-great-aunt Florentine slips away just six months later. At Florentine's funeral, Comfort is in charge of watching her cousin, Peach--and only then does she realize just how difficult death can be. Comfort becomes very wo ...more

Each Little Bird That Sings took me on an emotional roller coaster. I laughed at Comfort’s attempts to get her “Life Notices” in the paper, and cried all the way through the last chapters. A couple of things I love about this book:
-The names are so clever! Joy, Comfort, Tidings, Merry, Dismay, Peach, even the last name, Snowberger. Where does she come up with these things?
-The idea of having a family work at a funeral parlor is quite intriguing. Especially the way that the younger kids, Peach,
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From the book cover Comfort Snowberger is an Explorer, a Recipe Tester, and a Funeral Reporter. Writing about dead people might seem like a strange hobby for a ten-year-old, but Comfort grew up in a funeral home, so she knows how to deal with death.
Or at least she thinks she does until Great-great-aunt Florentine drops dead – just like that – and everything starts going wrong. Suddenly Comfort’s sniveling, whiny cousin Peach won’t leave her alone. And her b
Jess Safford
Deborah Wiles, Each Little Bird that Sings, kept me reading with its family stories, and interesting twists.

This gentle novel said so many things with so little words. It told the story of a young girl named Comfort, who was beginning to realize that death was just another part of life. This book kept me interested in Comforts life, all while teaching me that death is okay and it is the way life goes.

The style that the author used in this book was pretty basic. Nothing out of the ordinary. Exc
Kurt Kemmerer
Catcher often recommends books he has read to my wife and I. She reads many of them, and I read a few, telling myself I am searching for things to recommend to the kids I see at the clinic.

That is true, but it is also quite accurate to say that most of the books are quite well written, rather entertaining, and, well I enjoy the stuffing out of them.

Wiles' "Each Little Bird That Sings" might be the best children's/middle reader book covering the topic of death I've read. Sure, it covers family t
Stacy Nyikos
It’s another dead dog book! And it’s another death book. After Long Gone Daddy, I am beginning to wonder if I am getting into a pattern, and if yes, why. That said, Each Little Bird that Sings was nonetheless a moving read. The story centers on Comfort Snowberger, whose family runs a funeral home. Comfort has seen a lot of death. None of it, not even the death of her great uncle Edisto and great great aunt Florentine, though, prepares her for the flood of emotions unleashed inside her when her d ...more
Each Little Bird that Sings is a story of 10 yr. old Comfort whose family owns the town funeral home. Comfort had attended 247 funerals, so she can handle death. In one year she loses both her great uncle and her great-great aunt, who lived in the funeral home's top floor with Comfort and her family. What she can't handle, though, is her little cousin Peach, or her best friend who suddenly turns on her.

I loved how the family works together and are each part of the family business, including Com
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals--her family owns the local funeral home, after all. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead--just like that--six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and trying to figure out why her best friend, Declaration, suddenly won't talk to her. But life is full of surprises. And the bigg ...more
Melissa Grimmett
Things I love:
Quirky, interesting characters
Books that are set in the south
Writers who aren't afraid to deal with real-life sadnesses in a very real way
Books that make me laugh
Books that make me cry
Books that make me think
Books that make me sad to reach the last page

What this book had:
All of the above!
What a strange little book. There's death, 10-year-old-girl snipy friend-fights, a bothersome cousin, a devoted dog, lots more death (but not much morbidity) and funerals, a flood... it's a bit tiresome to get through because it goes in so many different directions and smooths out so unexpectedly nice at the end.
"I come from a family with a lot of dead people". What a succinct beginning to a book about a family who operates a funeral parlor. Then enters the protagonist, a girl attached to the colorful name of Comfort Snowberger. I loved the Southern charm of this story - the infatuation with food and funerals, the quirky nature of Comfort's cousin, Peach, her best friend, Declaration, as well as the somewhat mysterious happenings inside the funeral parlor itself. This is such a perfect story for ten yea ...more
Valeria Ambriz
It was sad because her uncle, and auntie die in the book and how she has to past from all about her friend getting mad at her and doing bad things to her and making her mad so she can be jelous because she didn't invite her to her birthday. Pasting for a lot of funerals from her family.
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Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and spent her summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family. She writes about them and they live on in her stories.

She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and taught at Towson University in Maryland, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Vermont College.

Deborah has written three novels about growing up in the south. They are k
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