Pauvre Anne by Blaine Ray. An easy French reader for first year students of 300 words. Premier niveau - Livre A - First year level - Book A. Anne is a 16-year old girl from New York State who leads a tough life. Her mother is always on her case. Her family does not have a lot of money, and her best friends' families are rich. She is very jealous of them. When she gets an opportunity to go to Belgium, she goes to a city where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones in her own family. Her view of life changes and she sees everything in a different light upon her return home. Beginning students will discover they have learned a significant amount of French after reading it. Paperback, 41 pages.