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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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babyhippoface
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
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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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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
Karen
Favorite Quotes:
“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.”
“There’s
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Amy
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
Garren
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
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Laura
I cried for the entire last two discs. Not such a great way to start the work day. [sob:]
Krysten
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Nicole
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
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Laura
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
I Heart Corgis
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Pack children
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
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Katherine
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
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Claires2

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
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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
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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
Jen
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
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Kathleen
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!
Magda
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.
Sarah
Comfort Snowberger has grown up at Snowberger's funeral home, so death doesn't come as a surprise to her. Instead of fearing it and rejecting it, Comfort embraces the human connection that can occur through funerals. She writes life notices and taste tests funeral foods. Recently, Comfort has lost two close family members and her best friend is acting weird and hurtful. Comfort's ability to deal with loss will be put to the test at the funerals, when she is forced to be with her irritating cousi ...more
HoLa
Dec 05, 2008 HoLa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To people who like sad stories
Recommended to HoLa by: My friend Regan
Its Not What I expected...
Each Little Bird That Sings was just sorrow all the way through. No brightness and happiness thats why I gave it the grade I did. Im not saying its a bad book but it could be touched up.
Melissa Piesche
This is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. The chapter book is about the main character, Comfort, and her dog, Dismay, who live in a funeral home with her family. Comfort deals with a lot of death in her life and her best friend, Declaration, is supposed to be there for her. But, Declaration makes friends with a mean crowd and drives Comfort away. Meanwhile, Comfort is left with Dismay and her annoying cousin Peach to deal with several deaths in her family. While in the cemetery, th ...more
Cassidy
This is one of my all time favorite books. A real tear jurker but also a book that make you smile and feel good on the inside, all told from a wonderful main character named comfort. I would reccomend this to people ages 10 and up.
Deana Starnes
Very good book. I started this on Saturday afternoon and finished Saturday evening. I could not put this book down. The last few chapters turn sad, I was in tears. This is a must read book!
Lauren
A very sad and deppressing book but I still seemed to really like it. I feel like I am friends with Comfort(the main character) after I read this book.
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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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