Each Little Bird That Sings
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger knows a thing or two about death. Her family owns the town funeral home and she has attended 247 funerals. She can tell you which casseroles are worth tasting, whom to sit next to, and whom to avoid at all costs. Number one on that avoid list Comfort's sniveling, whining, unpredictable cousin Peach, who ruins every family occasion.
So when Gr...more
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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.
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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 ...more
“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.”
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 ...more
GR Level: T, Lexile Level: 800, Grade: 5, Publisher: Harcourt Inc., 2005, Genre: Children’s Fiction, Chapter Book, Pages: 247
Comfort Snowberger is a young girl whose family owns a funeral parlor and has been given the responsibility of taking care of her young cousin Peach. Comfort is “used to” funerals and knows the in-and-outs of her family’s business. When her aunt dies unexpectedly however, she must confront death in a different manner. This make ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Somehow the story manages some humor amidst the sadness (several of the Snowberger family pass away in the story) - it ...more
I pushed on because of the good reviews and awards and now that I've ...more
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!
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.
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She holds 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 ...more