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 Three A

Ana turns in an application to go to the United States.  A month later, she gets a letter.  The letter says she’s going to live with a family in Hermosa Beach, California.  She’s going to live with a family named Martin.  She also gets a letter from the family.  She reads about the family.  The family has two children.  She’s happy to learn about her new family.

She’s happy because she thinks the family is nice.  She wants to go to the United States right away.

A few weeks later, Ana is excited because she’s going to the United States in two days.  She gets ready to go.  It’s the last day of school.  After English class, she talks with Mrs. Sanchez.  The teacher says to her, “Ana, the United States is very different.  Families in the United States are different from families here in Mexico.  There are a lot of problems in the United States.  Be careful.  There are groups of students that use drugs.  There are a lot of good families in the United States too.  You will have a good family.  This is a very good opportunity for you.”

“I’m very happy.  I’m very happy that I have this opportunity.  Thank you for helping me,” Ana says.

It’s a special day when Ana goes to the airport at Tepic.  She’s nervous because this is the first time she’ll fly on an airplane.  She’s also nervous about living in the United States.  Her family goes with her to the airport in Tepic.  Sara and Elsa also go with Ana to the airport.  The Tepic airport is not a big airport.

Ana takes out her plane ticket.  She’s going to the United States on Mexican Airlines.  They all go to the Mexican Airlines terminal in the airport.

Ana is nervous and excited.  She’s also a little scared.

She looks at her friends and family.  She hugs everyone.  They all say goodbye and Ana gets on the plane.

She sits down.  The plane goes to Guadalajara.  Then Ana takes another plane to Los Angeles.  Los Angeles is a big city.  The airport is a big airport.  Ana sees many people in the airport.  She sees people from a lot of different places.  She sees everyone but the Martin family.

The Martin family is not at the airport when Ana gets off the plane.  She looks for the Martin family but she doesn’t find them.  She looks a lot but she doesn’t see the family.  She’s very worried.

She sees a man.  She talks with the man.  She says to him, “Hi.  My name is Ana.  I’m from Mexico.  My family here in California isn’t here at the airport.  I need to go to their house but they aren’t here.  I’m nervous because my American family is not here at the airport.”

“Hi.  My name is Ross Nelson….”  Ross talks more to Ana but Ana doesn’t understand him.  Ross takes Ana outside.  They look for a taxi.  Ross sees a taxi.  He takes Ana to the taxi and explains the problem to the taxi driver.  Ana takes out a piece of paper with the address of the Martin family.  She gives the paper to the taxi driver.

She looks at Ross.  She says to him, “Thank you, Ross.  Than you very much for your help.”

“You’re welcome.  Good luck in the United States.  Good luck with your family.”

Ana is in the taxi when she says goodbye to Ross.  The taxi drives to her new house.  It takes Ana to her new life.

Ana is scared because her family wasn’t at the airport.  She’s scared because she doesn’t understand much English.

When Ana is in the taxi, the driver talks to her, but she doesn’t understand anything.  She only smiles and says, “Yes, yes, yes.”

The driver looks at the paper that has the address of the house.  He looks for Ana’s new family.  He finds the house.  Ana pays the driver.  She gets out of the taxi and walks to the door.  She knocks on the door.  A fourteen-year-old girl opens the door.  Ana looks at the girl and says, “Hi, My name is Ana.”

“Hi.  My name is susan.  Oh no!  You poor girl!  My family didn’t go to the airport.  You were alone.  Poor girl!  Poor Ana!”

Ana smiles at her and says, “No problem.  I’m here.”

The family explains to Ana why they were not at the airport, but Ana doesn’t understand anything.

Ana doesn’t understand, but she smiles and says, “Yes.”

Ana looks at everyone.  They are all talking.  They are all talking fast, but Ana doesn’t understand.  She listens but she doesn’t understand.  She’s worried because she doesn’t understand anything.  She’s scared because she’s with her American family and she doesn’t understand anything.

The Martin family is a normal family.  There’s a father and a mother.  The father’s name is Jerry.  The mother’s name is Ashley.  They have one daughter and one son.  The girl is named Susan.  The boy is Paul.  Paul is sixteen years old.  Susan is fourteen years old.  It’s a good family.

The father says, “Welcome to our house.  You are going to sleep in Susan’s bedroom.  Our house is small, but our family is nice.”


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.