Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Each Little Bird That Sings

Each Little Bird That Sings
Deborah Wiles
National Book Award Finalist
Mark Twain Award Nominee 2007/08

Comfort Snowberger is used to death. She has been to 247 funerals, including her Great Uncle Edisto's. Now, her Great-great Aunt Florintine has passed away, her best friend, Declaration, doesn't play with her, and her loud and obnoxious cousin, Peach Shuggars, is coming when he ruined Uncle Edisto's funeral! On the day of the funeral, she, Peach, Declaration, and Dismay the Funeral Dog are walking to the graveside service, and Declaration frightens Peach into a flooding grove...

This is a book I thought was a "silly girl book" when I saw it, and wasn't excited to listen to it in the car. Once I got into it, I realized it was a great piece of literature. It is just a book about a girl. The book was awesome, the book was possibly the most detailed, and with good descriptions, that I have ever read. It was also one of the saddest. A book for anyone with a lost family member especially, or just someone looking for a good read.

Would you be able to live in a place that has dead people in it all of the time?

Would you get along with Peach well? Why or why not?

If you were Comfort, would you accept that your dog was dead?

Please give me your comments and answers to this post.


Mrs. Neal said...


I was excited to see that you read this book and enjoyed it. Deborah Wiles is one of my favorite reality fiction authors. I met her and had lunch with her in Atlanta a few years back. Her best piece of advice was to write what you know and write from the heart. I believe that is why her writing is so detailed and vivid. Can't remember if I read you guys "Love, Ruby Lavender", but if I didn't, it is a great piece of literature written by her and was up for the Mark Twain 3 years ago I believe. It is one of my all time favorites, but sad, too. Keep up the book talks. I enjoy using them for read aloud ideas.

Mrs. Neal

Corey said...

Yeah, you read us that and we had root beer floats. I liked this one more I think.

Anonymous said...

hey this is hannah johnson in your gifted class