The Last Dance

The Last Dance


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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…”
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 this simple but extraordinary story, New York Times best-selling author Carmen Agra Deedy speaks to each reader about the value of promises and the limitless power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561451098
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,220,516
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 12.38(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carmen Agra Deedy, a New York Times bestselling author, has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. She lives in Georgia.

Debrah Santini has illustrated a number of children’s books. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a faculty member of the art department at West Georgia College.

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tiinaj1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Last Dance is about life, love and death and the relationship between two children who grow old together. Bessie and Ninny are best friends and they learn from Ninny's grandfather that life is a dance when they visit Ninny's grandmother in the graveyard. They make a promise to each other after Ninny's grandfather dies that they will dance on the other's grave and never forget each other.As the years go by Bessie and Ninny marry, have a child, Ninny goes off to war where the country even needs tailors. Bessie remains home and waits for him to come home not knowing if he will.Ninny, oh Ninny!Come dance with me!For I'd hate to dance alone...This is the story of life, love and death ~ and a great book to read to children (age 6+) who have lost someone they love. There is a LOT of text so it's not one for beginning readers to read on their own ~ but if they have the attention span and you have the patience to answer questions it's a good way to let children know that life goes on and so does love.