Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has kept track of every funeral she had ever attended, all 247 of them. The Snowberger family runs the only funeral home in Snapfinger, Mississippi, so everyone who dies comes to Snowberger’s for their last few days above ground.
Comfort has always thought of herself as being well acquainted and able to cope with death, but when two of her close relatives, Great-uncle Edisto, and Great-great-aunt Florentine, die within six months of each other it leaves a great gap in the Snowberger family. Great-uncle Edisto started the Snowberger family funeral home. One of his favorite expressions was “Everybody’s kin.” In the small town of Snapfinger, Mississippi everyone is family, and whenever someone dies, everyone comes to the funeral, bringing kind words and their favorite southern comfort food.
To Comfort, though, everything goes wrong shortly after her Great-uncle Edisto dies. First her pathetic younger cousin Peach makes a scene at the funeral and ruins everything. Then Comfort’s best friend Declaration turns mean and leaves her for two new best friends that are much cooler and who don’t write obituaries in their spare time like Comfort does.
Comfort must find the strength to deal with these disasters and problems and at the same time mourn the loss of two close relatives.
I enjoyed reading “Each Little Bird that Sings.” The story’s plot is filled with strong emotion that readers are sure to remember long after they close the book. In addition the characters are very sensitive, and I feel that Deborah Wiles did a good job balancing them with and against each other. All the characters have unusual names: Comfort, Merry, Declaration, Tidings, and Dismay. This, however, merely adds to the unique flavor of “Each Little Bird that Sings.”
“Each Little Bird that Sings” teaches strong lessons about death and coping with the loss of a relative or friend. I recommend it to all young readers.
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