This is a wonderful book about a tenacious girl whose family owns a funeral home. Comfort Snowberger must learn to live up to her name as she struggles with losing her best friend to other 'cooler' friends, the death of her dear Great-Great Aunt Florentine, the sudden loss of her loyal dog Dismay, and the nuances of her obnoxiously lovable cousin Peach. Told through the eyes of an astutely self-aware young girl, Each Little Bird That Sings is an enjoyable read that leaves you wanting more as it realistically avoids the happily-ever-after ending to allows for reader contemplation. Recommended for grades 3-6.
My 10 year old daughter told me to make sure readers know this is a very sad book. She didn't even want to finish it when she was half way through. I guess the author is good enough to evoke that emotion but she was pretty upset after reading it.
An excellent read for all ages. I found myself going through an entire spectrum of emotion. A light-hearted philosophical look at death through the eyes of a ten-year-old, this powerful story also has its dramatic moments, heart-pounding adventure, and a few teary moments. :o)
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 is Comfort's sniveling, whining, upredictable cousin Peach, who ruins every family occasion.
So when Great-great-aunt Florentine drops dead-just like that-Comfort expects a family gathering to remember. What she doesn't count on is: One, she has to watch over Peach after the funeral. And two, her best friend, Declaration, has suddenly turn downright mean. Now, even if it means missing the most important funeral of her life, all Comfort really wants to do is sit in her closet with her dog, Dismay, and hide. But life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of them all is learning what it takes to handle them.