Pobre Ana

Pobre Ana, by Blaine Ray

Ana is a 15-year-old girl from California 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.  Her view of life changes radically.  When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light.  This novel is short and easy.  When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of Spanish. First in a series of four 1st year novels, this novel uses a vocabulary of 300 words.

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Berto y sus buenas ideas

Berto y sus buenas ideas, by Magaly Rodriguez

Berto is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in Madrid, Spain. His best friend is Paquita. Poor Berto has one big problem. He does not like school. He does not like to study. He does not like to do homework. He does not even like his teachers. In fact, his teachers are really odd. Fortunately, Berto has a lot of good ideas. He can think of many fun and exciting things to do rather than going to school. His good ideas include visiting a soccer stadium and an art museum with his friend Paquita. Berto also thinks about eating delicious pastries at a bakery and rowing a boat at a park. Berto thinks these are good ideas. In fact, he thinks they are great ideas. However, are they really?

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Isabela captura un congo

Isabela captura un congo, by Karen Rowan

Isabela Huffman is a precocious nine and a half year old girl who finds herself tangled up in trouble again while travelling to Costa Rica with her mother. “I don’t cause problems!” Isabela insists. “Problems find me.” Isabela and her friend Daniel devise a plan to capture and train a howler monkey. When their antics cause a baby monkey to shock himself on an electrical wire and fall from a tree, Isabela and Daniel are in a race against the clock to try to save his life before it’s too late. This is the second novel in the Fluency Fast series for true beginners. It uses a vocabulary of only 350 words to tell a 3500-word story. It is repetitive and simple and uses many cognates to make the book comprehensible to beginning adults and children.

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Carl no quiere ir a Mexico

Carl no quiere ir a Mexico, by Karen Rowan

Nine-year-old Carl is not happy. His mother is moving him to Mexico. He doesn’t speak Spanish. He misses all of his favorite foods. He doesn’t have any friends. The idea is ridiculous. He’s desperately unhappy. Carl doesn’t want to go to Mexico! When he starts finding sick and starving stray dogs on the streets of Guanajuato, he finds out he s not the only one who is miserable. But did he find them in time or is it already too late? Carl no quiere ir a Mexico contains more than 5,000 words but has only a 350-word vocabulary. High frequency vocabulary and structures are presented repeatedly. This is the third book in the Isabela series.

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Las aventuras de Isabela

Las aventuras de Isabela, by Karen Rowan

Isabela Huffman is a precocious 8 1/2-year-old girl who can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble on a visit to Guanajuato, Mexico, with her mother. She wants to be the president when she grows up. Or a ballerina. Or the president and a ballerina. She’s dramatic. She sings on the bus, screams like a baby after putting chile powder on her fresh mango and convinces her mom to buy five pair of new shoes for a big family. No matter how many times her mom asks her to just sit down like a normal little girl, she just can’t help getting up to take more pictures of her adventures. When will Isabela ever sit down? Las aventuras de Isabela is the first novel in a new series for true beginners (more are to follow soon). It uses a vocabulary of only 200 Spanish words to tell a 2,200-word story. It is repetitive and simple and uses many cognates to make the book comprehensible to beginning adults and children.

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