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Each Little Bird that Sings

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Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not surprising, considering that her family runs the town funeral home. 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 avoid ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2005)
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Emma Kesidis
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karina
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I knew nothing of the premise. Sometimes when we go to the library I get a random book and this was one.

I thought the first chapter was interesting but after that my interest went downhill. It's about a tightknit family that owns a funeral home & loses 2 family members; told in the narrative of a 10-yr-old girl... Cool? Nope.

I skimmed most of the book until the end. I was very bored. The storyline would not get to the point.

All the characters had stupid names like Peach, Comfort, Tidings, Decl
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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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Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Linda Lipko
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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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Karen
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! If you like "Because of Winn-Dixie", you will probably love this book, too! ...more
Julie  Durnell
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, southern
After reading Love, Ruby Lavender with my 10 year old granddaughter and enjoying it so much, we continued on with the second book of Aurora County. While Ruby Lavender is not a character in this book, there were just as endearing characters in Each Little Bird That Sings. The author handles situations of young people experiencing death of a loved one in a special way (might I say a Southern way). This book will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears (even grandmothers!). I have to say I mo ...more
Dylan C F2
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each Little Bird that Sings is a great book about friendship, trust, and funerals. Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not a surprise because her family runs a funeral home. She has learned how to deal with loss and/or what she thinks. What was in her way was that her crazy cousin Peach and her best friend Declaration has been mysteriously quiet. Life is full of surprises, the events that turn out in this book are mesmerizing. Confort is a smart, emotional, stub ...more
Lauren Denton
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is an awsome book when I finished it I was wating to read her next book!!!! Their are death’s but it a great book!!😍🥰🥳 (Kate, age 9)
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
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Paige Miller
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Laura
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girls, realistic, jr-high
I cried for the entire last two discs. Not such a great way to start the work day. [sob:]
Lori
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is a book written for children and I adored this sweet story. I'm off to buy my own copy to add to my read again shelf. ...more
Megan Miller
Just, what? This book took me from amused to tears-streaming-down-my-cheeks in like ten pages.
And it was wonderful. I can't talk about much without giving stuff away. (It's a kids' chapter book, you say, how surprising can it be? As surprising as a book with a dog named Dismay and a cousin named Peach might be.)
Just, yeah. I loved it. Way more than I expected to. So much whimsy wrapped up in reality and death and life and flowers.
My one complaint: we never actually find out why Declaration turne
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Jeanette
After finishing Love, Ruby Lavender I immediately started the second book in the loosely connected Aurora County series.
Each Little Bird That Sings was just chock-full of wonderful characters. I loved Comfort, I loved her family. They were all so wonderfully drawn and believable. Comfort is the same age as my daughter and I could hear and see my daughter in Comfort. She was such a realistic character.
Like Love, Ruby Lavender the story deals with death and packs a bit of an emotional punch but
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Maddy Smith
Sweet, but sad. Enjoyed it though and I was kinda left wanting more.
Karijean31
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into it but a nice story .
Charlotte
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Amanda Thomas
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The perfect book after a year of both mourning my papa’s death and losing my dog for 12 days. Comfort shares some of life’s most important lessons dealing with friendship, family, and death... with bells on.
Brittany McCarty
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Each Little Bird That Sings” by Deborah Wiles
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
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Nicole
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-09-read
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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Krysten
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Laura
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Stephanie Jobe
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Pack children
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jesse
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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NENE
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had such a great meaning, DEBORAH WILES YOU ROCK!!
Alice
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I met Deborah Wiles at a BYU reading Seminar. I had never read any of her books so I put them on hold on our Utah Online Library and this one became available first! Really not a great book to read when you are dealing with grief. I wasn't going to finish it, but a voice in my head said "you have to" so, I plugged along.
These people run a Funeral home (swell). This little 10 year old girl named Comfort is wise and said some things about death I needed to hear. It was a tough book to read to at
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Rebecca Upjohn
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story about family, friendship, the special place of pets and loss. Comfort Snowberger is a fully three dimension character and her family provide a quirky, loving support for her growing pains. This book made me weep!
Brandee Shafer
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It can be challenging to find books to read to my daughters that I enjoy as much as they. Each Little Bird That Sings is a treasure. The protagonist and her family, to include her dog, run a funeral business through which they serve their community. Wiles' characterization is remarkable, and thematically, her book offers age-appropriate wisdom about navigating relationships both in life and through death. ...more
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Deborah Wiles is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the beloved LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER and two National Book Award finalists--EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS and REVOLUTION. Her first picture book, FREEDOM SUMMER, received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She is also an NAACP Book Award finalist, E.B. White Award winner, Golden Kite Award winner, Jane Addams Peace Award Finalist ...more

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