Pobre Ana

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The easiest novel in an easy series of novels for 1st year students. Ana is a 15-year-old California girl who leads a tough life. Her mother is always on her. Her family doesn't have much money, but her best friends' families are rich. She's extremely jealous of them. When she gets an opportunity to go to Mexico, she goes to a small city where she lives with a very nice family that is poorer than her own family. Her view of her life changes radically. When she gets back to California, she sees everything in a different light. Pobre Ana is short and easy.

Listen to the audio book to enjoy the story even more, and practice your Spanish pronunciation as you go!


  • less than 250 unique words; total word count: 6000
  • 45 pages of text
  • written in present tense
  • Neutral Spanish with seveal Latin-American characteristics: 'carro' instead of 'coche', more use of personal pronouns than in Spain, and the use of 'ustedes' instead of 'vosotros'.
  • setting: California and Mexico


"Pobre Ana is the first novel written specifically in line with the philosophy of natural language acquisition through TPRS, and has since been a great favorite by students of all ages."


Class set

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (only for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, we advise you to order timely. Delivery time will be up to 2-3 weeks.


*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

Author: Blaine Ray
Year of publication: 2007
Number of pages: 54
ISBN: 978-0-929724-47-8
Illustrated: No
| Elaine 03-06-2019 21:27

Just wanted to let you know that I have started using the book "Pobre Ana" with my beginner class and it worked! Normally, they feel demotivated and frustrated when they read- as they are still lacking confidence in the language- but that was not the case with this reading.

| Emma de Rijk 14-08-2015 15:50

Pobre Ana is boek dat voor de gemotiveerde leerling een plezier is om te lezen. Na een paar maanden TPRS, kan mijn beste leerling uit de brugklas dit verhaal zonder veel moeite lezen. Het geweldige is, dat mijn zeer dyslectische leerling heel goed mee gaat dankzij het luisterboek!!

5 stars based on 2 reviews
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