“Each Little Bird that Sings,” by Deborah Wiles

“Each Little Bird that Sings,” by Deborah Wiles is a touching and sensitive story about three deaths that effect a family that works in the funeral business.
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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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Inkweaver Review 2009-05-24T09:28:00-05:00

22 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

A-may-zzzing!! Love this book sooo much!!! Def read this!!

NathanKP said...

Thanks for commenting.

"Each Little Bird that Sings" is a very touching book and is definitely worth reading.

Anonymous said...

This book is one of the best I've read. I would recommend it to anyone! 5 stars!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I do like this book or what... but I am doing a book report on it so I better! LOL! I think it's definitely a girl's book and that it's good for someone who doesn't think every book is stupid. I know that if someone like my one of my friends (not mentioning name) who reads a page of a book and says, "This is about dead people! I'm getting a new book!" So if that's you, I wouldn't recommend this book to you 'cause you know that you will pick it up, read a page, then put it down. But if that's not you, and you think you would be interested in this kind of book, I would definitely recommend this book. :-) Anyway, I just wanted to say that this book isn't the best for everyone, but some people may say it's their favorite because it's about family and reaching out to help others, but it tells this message in an interesting and more creative way for people to enjoy more.

Anonymous said...

I loved this book so much. In this book their are some situations that many people could relate to like getting in a fight with your best friend and not liking your little cousin just because he annoys you. But what I'm trying to say is i definately recommend this book to anyone! Also i give this book 5 stars!

Anonymous said...

i loved reading the book so much i read it 3 times.i hope one day you could come to my little school in garneet kansas. i hope you can come some day in the next year.thanks again.

Anonymous said...

i loved this book i kept it till the end of th school year

Anonymous said...

i dont understand the book

Jenny said...

i liked the book...at first I didn't understand it but now I do!

Anonymous said...

It is a great book, and I agree that Peach Shuggars is kinda annoying.

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Anonymous said...

I didn't really like the sadness in this book....

Anonymous said...

I love this book it is so touching
i was scared to read it at first but it ended up 2 be really great and amazing

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