The last dance
Bessie and Ninny are the best of friends. Sometimes on milk-moon nights, Ninny throws buttons at Bessie's window. When Bessie peeps outside, Ninny sings: "Bessie, oh Bessie! Come dance with me! For I hate to dance alone, Where the old men sleep, And the women weep, And the wild, fey children roam." Down the drainpipe Bessie slides to visit Ninny, and off they go.
Most nights, they visit the grave of Ninny's grandfather, Oppa. It was Oppa who taught them three things that they will never forget: To dance, to sing, and to tell stories. Oppa's wisdom ultimately inspires a pact between the two young friends-a pact that binds them together through love and marriage, war and separation, birth and death.
In the simple but extraordinary story, award-winning author Carmen Agra Deedy speaks to each of us about the value of promises and the limitless power of love. Share The Last Dance with someone you love.
Level 3.9, 0.5 Points
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|Full title||last dance|
|Author||deedy carmen agra|
|Last Update||2018-05-21 23:05:26PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-05-23 00:56:00AM|
|author||Deedy, Carmen Agra.|
|author_display||Deedy, Carmen Agra|
|detailed_location_school||Glenview Elementary - Everyone|
|display_description||Ninny and Bessie promise each other that if one of them dies the other will dance on the departed one's grave, and the promise helps their love endure even after death.|
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|lexile_code||AD: Adult Directed|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000080277|Book|Books||English|Peachtree Publishers,|1995.|p., col ill., 31cm.|
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|subject_facet||Death -- Fiction|
|title_display||The last dance|
|title_full||The last dance / Carmen Agra Deedy ; illustrated by Debrah Santíní|
|title_short||The last dance|