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 Seven

Tomorrow Ana will go back to Mexico.  It’s a very special day for her.  But she’s sad that she’s going to leave her friends in the United States.

Ana needs to say goodbye to her friends.  She goes to Nancy’s house.  She sees Nancy and the two girls hug each other.

“Nancy, it’s incredible, but tomorrow, at six o’clock in the morning, I’m going back to Mexico,” says Ana.  “I’m very sad.  I have a lot of friends here.  I like everything here.”

“Ana, you’re very special.  You’re my best friend,” Nancy says.  “I’m very sad too.  I want to visit you in Mexico.”

“Next summer you can visit me,” Ana says, “and spend all summer in Mexico.  Mexico is beautiful.  You’ll like Mexico.”

Then Ana goes to Rick’s house.  When Rick sees Ana, he gives her a hug.

“I’m going back to Mexico tomorrow,” says Ana, “and I’m sad to leave.”

“I enjoyed your visit.  I’m very happy that you came to the United States,” says Rick, “and I’m happy that we danced and talked a lot.  You and I are good friends.”

“Write me, Rick,” says Ana.

“I’ll write you tomorrow,” Rick says.



Ana is very sad when she gets home.

She goes with her family to the Los Angeles airport.  She goes with Susan.  Susan is a good friend now.  Ana says goodbye to Susan.  She says goodbye to Susan’s parents.  Ana is sad that she has to go back to Mexico.

“Thank you for everything.  I like my family here.  I like everything in the United States,” says Ana, “and I like your family.  Your family is nice.  The whole experience was good.”

Ana hugs everyone and says, “Goodbye.  I like the Martin family.  Thank you for everything.  Thank you very much for this opportunity.”

Ana gets on the airplane.  She sits down.  The plane goes to Guadalajara.  Then Ana takes another plane and goes to Tepic.

Ana gets off the airplane and sees her family.  Her whole family is at the airport.  She sees them and yells, “Hello!”

Everyone goes to Ana and they hug her.  They are happy that Ana is in Mexico again.

Then Ana sees her good friends and yells, “Hello!”  She hugs her friends.

She’s happy that she’s with her family and her friends again.  But she’s sad that she’s not in 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.