Poor Ana – by Blaine Ray (Level 1 – Book A)
The easiest novel that exists in English – for first-year students.  A vocabulary of only 300 words.  Ana is a 15-year-old girl who leads a tough life in a small city in Mexico.  Her mother is always on her.  Her family doesn’t have much money, but her best friend’s families have more money.  She’s extremely jealous of them.

When she gets an opportunity to go to California, she goes to Los Angeles, where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones in her own family.  Her view of her life changes radically.  When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light.

Poor Ana is short and easy.  When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of English.  Level 1 – Book A.

Chapter One

Ana is a girl with problems.  She has many problems.  She has problems with her friends and her family.  She’s a normal girl, but she has many problems.

Ana is fifteen years old.  She’s not very tall.  She has long hair.  She has brown eyes and black hair.

Ana lives in Tepic, Nayarit, in Mexico.  She has a normal family.  She has a Dad and a Mom and a brother and a sister.  The family lives in a house.  The house is not big.  It’s not small.  It’s normal.  Ana goes to school in Tepic.  The school isn’t big.  Ana likes her school.  She goes to school every day.

Her father’s name is Roberto.  He works in an office.  He works every day.  Ana’s brother’s name is Pablo, and her sister’s name is Marta.  Pablo is fourteen years old.  Marta is eleven years old.

Ana has problems with her mother.  Her Mom yells at her a lot.

When she leaves a schoolbook on the floor, her Mom yells, “Ana, pick up your book!  Don’t leave your book on the floor!”  When Ana eats chocolate, her Mom yells, “Ana, don’t eat chocolate!  Eat an apple.  Eat fruit.  Fruit is good.  Chocolate is bad.  You need fruit but you don’t need chocolate.”

Ana has problems with her father.  She wants money for clothes and food.  Ana says to her Dad, “Dad, I want some money.  I want some new clothes.  I want to eat in a restaurant.”

Her Dad responds, “I don’t have enough money.  I’m poor.  You have clothes and you have food.  You don’t need any money.”

Ana has problems with Pablo.  She has an important book.  It’s her book for English class.  She needs the book.  She looks for the book but she can’t find it.  Ana says to Pablo, “Pablo, I need my book.  It’s a very important book.  It’s a schoolbook.  Help me, please.”

Pablo doesn’t help her.  He doesn’t look for the book.  He just watches television.  He laughs at his sister’s problems.  His sister has many problems.  Pablo laughs a lot.  He never helps Ana.

Ana has problems with Marta.  Marta takes Ana’s shirt.  Marta doesn’t have Ana’s permission.  Marta wears the shirt to school.

After school, Ana goes to her bedroom.  She looks at her clothes.  The shirt isn’t there.  Ana yells, “Where’s my shirt?”

Marta doesn’t answer her.  She laughs.  She has Ana’s shirt but she doesn’t say anything.  Marta laughs about Ana’s problems.

Poor Ana.

Ana has two good friends.  One of her friends is named Elsa.  She’s sixteen years old.  Elsa is a normal girl.  In Ana’s opinion, Elsa doesn’t have any problems.  Her parents don’t yell at her.  Elsa doesn’t have problems with her family.  She has more clothes than Ana.  She has more money than Ana.

Ana’s other friend is Sara.  She’s fifteen years old and has brown eyes and long black hair.  Sara studies a lot.  She’s a very good student.  She gets good grades in school.  Sara doesn’t have problems with her family.  Sara has more money than Ana.  Her parents don’t yell at her.  In Ana’s opinion, Sara doesn’t have any problems.

Ana is unhappy because she doesn’t have money to buy new clothes.  She wants to buy more clothes, but she doesn’t have any money for clothes.  Ana is unhappy that she doesn’t have more money.  Ana wants more money and she wants to have a family without problems.  Ana is unhappy because her friends have more money than she does and their parents don’t yell at them.


Poor Ana is published by:
Blaine Ray Workshops, which features TPR Storytelling products and related materials.
Command Performance Language Institute, which features Total Physical Response products and other fine products related to language acquisition and teaching.
Cover art by Pol (www.polanimation.com)
First Edition published June, 2007.
Copyright 2007 by Blaine Ray.  All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by an information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from Blaine Ray.