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Each Little Bird that Sings

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  6,386 Ratings  ·  824 Reviews
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 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
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
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
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!
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.”
Virginia 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
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.
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!
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:]
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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Amanda Thomas
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.
I Heart Corgis
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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.
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!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was fantastic. So beautiful. It deals with losing family that you love, dealing with annoying family members and friendships that break and mend. LOVED it.
lucky little cat
Jun 30, 2017 marked it as dnf
I'm having to take a break from this because the relentless preciousness of the first five pages has floored me. This is the kind of thing that gives southern lit a bad name. Stopped dead at "my best friend, Declaration Johnson. . .."
Oct 09, 2008 rated it liked 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
Carrie Gelson
Who would think one could use descriptors such as delightful and uplifting about a book all about funerals and death? Yet, this book is exactly that. It celebrates spirit and connection. It honours life. There is pure simplicity and complex interpersonal dynamics. And in the end I cried. But I would read this book again in a heartbeat just to experience interesting funeral food, the joys of a a flower garden and slobbery dog love.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i read this book after reading The Help because i was still in need of that great southern voice in writing. this book was sweet, southern, refreshing & heart-breaking. it's a keeper on my bookshelf at home. i actually bought it at the scholastic book fair-it is a 'tween' age book, but just a beautiful, quirky story of love & loss for any age.
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“I like to pic-a-nic more than a bee likes to bumble.” 5 likes
“You served," said Mama quietly. "You did what needed to be done. That's what it means, Comfort. You did the right thing even when, somewhere deep inside you, you didn't want to. Because you knew, somewhere even deeper, that it was the right thing to do. doing the right thing, you saved yourself as well.” 4 likes
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