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 Eight

Ana is happy to be with her family in Tepic.  She’s happy to have a good family.  She’s happy to be with her family back in Mexico.

She says, “I love my family.  I’m very happy to have such a good family.  I’m also happy to have my good friends here in Mexico and my good friends in the United States.”

Ana and her family go home.  She goes into the house and feels so happy to be home.

Ana looks at all the things her family has.  She sees that her family has a lot.  Her family has love.  Her family is united.  Ana loves her family.

When Ana goes to school, she sees everything in a different way.  She sees her friends.  She doesn’t care that she doesn’t have a car.  She doesn’t care about not having a lot of new clothes.  She’s happy to be in Mexico with her friends.  She’s also happy to have a good family.

Ana doesn’t often think about a car.  She doesn’t often think about a big house.  She doesn’t think about new clothes.  She thinks a lot about her friends in the United States.  She thinks a lot about Rick, Nancy and Susan.  She thinks about her American family.  Ana is a different person.

After a few days, Ana gets a letter from Rick.  She reads the letter.  Rick writes:

September 4

Dear Ana,

Hi. How are you?  How is your family? How is school?

I’m fine.  I’m doing well here in the United States.  I go to school every day.  I have good classes.  I have a Spanish class.  It’s a good class.  Spanish is very interesting to me because I want to speak Spanish with you.  I also study English, Math, Science and U.S. history.  It’s very interesting.

Nancy is fine, too.  She’s also studying.  She wants to speak Spanish.  She wants to visit you in Mexico next summer.

Susan is doing very well.  She and Nancy go to school every day, too.  They have a lot of interesting classes.  

When will you come to the United States again?  I want to see you.  I want to talk with you.


Ana is very happy when she reads the letter.  She’s happy that everything is going well for Rick.  She’s happy to receive news about Rick, Nancy and Susan.  She’s happy that Nancy wants to come to Mexico.

Ana writes a letter to Rick.

September 15

Dear Rick,

I’m very happy to get your letter.  You are wonderful.  I’m happy that everything is going well for you, Nancy and Susan.

Everything is going well here too.  My classes are good.  I have an English class.  Now I speak a lot in my English class.  My teacher says I speak very well.  In my class we talk about the United States.  I talk a lot in my class about my good experiences in the United States.

My family is fine.  My Mom yells at me but I don’t care.  I have a normal family.  I’m not going to the United States next summer because Nancy is coming to my house.  I’m sad because I want to visit the United States again.  I think I will go to Los Angeles in two years.

Thank you for writing me, Rick.  Write me again soon.


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.