This book is Volume III-8 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a project in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words) are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level (with a vocabulary of about 3,500 words). This project contains about 40 simplified readers, enough for an ESL/EFL learner to read for two years, and this list is growing.
Readability || 86
Total word count || 27857
Words beyond 1500 || 2120
Headwords beyond 1500 || 490
Unknown word percentage (%) || 7.61
Unknown headword percentage (%) || 1.76
Unknown headword occurrence || 4.32
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more || 84
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more || 265
A poor Spanish gentleman about 50 years old loves reading stories about knights. Slowly he starts to lose touch with reality and begins to believe that he is one of these fiction heroes.
He finds some old armor and prepares an old horse. He calls himself Don Quixote and persuades his neighbor, Sancho Panza, to be his squire by promising him riches, fame and the governorship of an island. Together, they get away and their famous adventures begin.
Don Quixote takes a small in for a castle, and he believes large windmills to be giants and thus attacks. He attacks a flock of sheep, believing it to be an army, finds a barber basin which he believes to be a helmet….
His friends try their best to bring him back to his house. At last, Don Quixote returns to the countryside and eventually falls sick. He recovers his sense and apologizes for all the craziness and any harm that he may have caused before passing away.
This book is rewritten from “Don Quixote of La Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. This novel is his masterpiece and is considered to represent the birth of modern literature in the 20th century.
About the Author
Qiliang Feng has been an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher in senior high schools since 1983. He is a keen advocator of reading in TEFL and is expert at rewriting graded/simplified ESL/EFL readers. He has published several series of English Reading Courses in China and is promoting an ESL/EFL reading project called Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP), in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level. For this project, he has rewritten a series of simplified readers containing about 40 books.