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 Two

One day, Ana gets up at seven o’clock in the morning.  She talks with her Mom.  Ana says to her, “I need my history book because I’m going to school.”

Her mother gets mad and yells at her, “How old are you, Ana?  Where’s the book?  Why isn’t your book in your bedroom?  What color is the book?  There’s a yellow book on your bed.  Look for it on your bed.  Look for it in your room.  It’s on your bed.”

Ana talks to her brother and says to him, “Look for my yellow book.  It’s a history book.  It’s very important.  I need it for my history class.”

Pablo sits on the sofa and doesn’t respond.  He never helps her.  He just watches television.  He doesn’t help Ana.

Ana is very unhappy that her Mom gets mad a lot and yells at her when she gets mad.  Ana is frustrated because her brother doesn’t help her.

Ana goes to her room.  Her yellow book is on her bed.  It’s her history book.  Ana is happy to see the book on her bed.  She grabs the yellow book and goes to school.

When she gets to school, she sees her friend Sara.  Sara has a new blouse.  It’s a beautiful blue blouse.  Blue is Ana’s favorite color.  Ana looks at the blouse and says to Sara, “I like your blouse.  Is it new?”

“Yes, my blouse is new.  My Dad always gives me money to buy clothes.  I like new clothes.  I like to buy clothes,” says Sara.

Ana is very unhappy that she doesn’t have any new clothes.  She doesn’t have any new clothes.  She doesn’t have a new blouse like Sara.  She wants to buy a new blouse.  She’s unhappy that she doesn’t have a new blouse.  She’s also unhappy that she has problems with her family.  She never smiles.

Ana goes to English class.  She has a very good teacher.  Her teacher’s name is Mrs. Sanchez.  Mrs. Sanchez has fifteen years of experience as a teacher.

When Ana is in the classroom, the teacher speaks to the class.  She says that there’s a very good opportunity for one of the students in the class to go to the United States.  “A student from our school is going to go to live with a family in the United States.  I think the student is going to live with a family in California.  There’s a program in the United States that helps students from the United States to live in Mexico, and it helps students from Mexico live in the United States.  The student from our school can live with a family in California for three months during the summer.  It doesn’t cost anything because the organization is going to pay for transportation and the family in California is going to pay for the food.”

After class, Ana talks with Mrs. Sanchez.  Ana says to the teacher, “I want to go to the United States.  I like the United States, I want to live with a family in California.”

Ana is happy.  She wants to go to the United States.  She wants to live with a family in California.  She wants to escape from her problems in Mexico.

Ana walks home.  She thinks about the United States.  She thinks about the possibility of going to California for the summer.  When her Dad gets home, Ana talks to him.  “Mrs. Sanchez is my English teacher.  She says that a student from our school can go to the United States for three months during the summer.  I want to go.  I like the United States.  I want to live with an American family.  Mrs. Sanchez says that it’s a very good experience.  I want to learn English.  I want to learn about the United States.  It will be a good experience for me.”

Her Dad gets mad and yells, “There’s no money! I don’t have any money!  I can’t pay for that!”

Ana says to him, “Dad, the school is going to pay.  You don’t have to pay anything.  It’s a very good opportunity for me.  Please, Dad.  I want to go to the United States.”

When Ana tells her father that it doesn’t cost anything, her Dad is very happy.  He says to her, “No problem, Ana.  You can go to the United States.”


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.