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 Four

Ana wakes up at nine o’clock in the morning.  Susan wakes up a few minutes later.  She invites Ana to go downtown with her.

Ana and Susan walk to the gym.  Ana watches the people at the gym.  Everyone is exercising.  Ana likes the gym.

Then the two girls go to the park.  There are not many people in the park.  Ana is surprised that there are not very many people in the park.  Ana sees some children in the park.  She wants to speak English with the children.  She walks up to the kids and talks to them.  “What’s your name?  Do you like the park?  How many people are in your family?  Where do you go to school?  Do you have a cat?  What is your cat’s name?”

The children answer Ana.  She doesn’t understand everything but she understands a lot of what they say.  She’s very happy to speak English.  She likes to speak English with the children.  She talks to them for 15 minutes and then she leaves.

Ana and Susan go to a swimming pool.  A lot of people are swimming at the pool.  Ana is surprised that there are so many people swimming at the pool.

Later Ana and Susan go to a shopping mall.  It’s interesting.  There are a lot of stores there.  They go into a store.  It’s interesting to see the things in the store.  There’s a lot of clothing for sale in the store.  She likes the clothing in the store.

Later they go to a grocery store.  Ana sees a lot of fruit in the grocery store.  They have bananas, apples, oranges and strawberries.  Ana likes looking at all the things in the store.  She sees the soft drinks.  Ana sees that they have a lot of the same soft drinks that they have in Mexico.

They go to the bank.  The bank is called Wells Fargo.  Ana has 100 pesos.  She wants to exchange the pesos for dollars.  She gives the money to the person at the bank and she gets about ten dollars.  She’s happy to have some United States dollars.

They leave the bank and walk some more.  They see a Taco Bell.  Ana wants to eat a taco from Taco Bell.  She buys a taco.  It’s not a taco exactly like the ones they sell in Mexico, but it’s a taco and it’s good.  The taco costs less than a dollar.  Ana eats the taco and says to Susan, “I like it.  This taco is similar to the tacos we have in Mexico.”

The girls go home.  Susan turns on the radio in their room and they listen to the radio.  The volume is very loud.  Susan’s Mom hears the music and yells at them, “Girls! The music is too loud.  Turn down the volume.  Now!”

Ana is surprised that Susan’s Mom yells at them too.

Ana spends the rest of the day at home.  She listens to music and watches television.  She doesn’t understand a lot.  At night she’s very tired.  She goes to bed at ten o’clock and sleeps very well.


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.