La hija del sastre

La hija del sastre
Comprehension-based™ Reader
Emilia's father must go into hiding during the Spanish Civil War and it is up to the whole family to keep him safe.

Level 4 / Intermediate Low — Intermediate High

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Growing up in a Republican family during Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, Emilia Matamoros discovers just how important keeping a secret can be. After her father, a former captain in the Republican army, goes into hiding, Emilia not only must work as a seamstress to support her family, but she must also guard a secret that will protect her father and save her family from certain death. Will her innocence be lost and will she succumb to the deceptive and violent tactics of Franco’s fascist regime?

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘La hija del Sastre’, strategically weaves high-level language structures into a compelling story, based on high-frequency vocabulary. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Wayside's intermediate readers maintain a high-frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Level 4 and up
  • Past Tense
  • Unique word count: 500
  • Total word count: 12,400
  • Page count: 97
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 450-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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La hija del sastre Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 450+ pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions, pre-reading slideshows, blooming comprehension questions, reading strategy, post-reading questions, follow-up activity, paperless Google Drive activities


    Slideshows: La comida española, El apartamento español, El valle de los caídos, Butterfly film study, Segunda República, Brigadas Internacionales, Signs of Lying, Bombardeo de Guernica, Exilio a Mexico

    Readings: “La guerra civil española, “, “Azaña y los republicanos”, “La declaración de los derechos humanos interpersonal discussion”, “Dos sastres, un sueño”, “Francisco Franco y los Republicanos”, “Anne Frank: Una vida breve e impactante”, “Operaciones militares famosos”, “Love Gone Wrong Memes”, “Map Talk”, “Arte: Picasso’s Guernica”

    Activities: Ordering activities, Predictive activities, Giving and defending an opinion, La vida durante el regimen franquista, Make it a Movie

    Games: Marker Partner, Cheaters, Perfección, Running Dictation, Numbered Heads Together, Quip-Lash, Yellow Brick Road Retell

    Features and Highlights:

    Pre-reading orbitals help students build background knowledge before beginning the novel “Genius Hour” style, Reader’s Theater

I am currently using La Hija del sastre by Carrie Toth in my level 4 class, and the amount of communication that can come from the topics and vocabulary presented in the novel is simply amazing. Students are getting a lot of exposure to "complex" grammar structures, and are using them to discuss the novel, and to discuss their own lives.

How do you all use graded readers to promote communication in your class?

William Langley

ACTFL CCLT SIG Chair, Richmond, VA


  • Carrie Toth

  • Carol Gaab

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