Since 1983 Claude Piron's Gerda malaperis! has been the story usually recommended for new learners as a first Esperanto text. On its fortieth anniversary EAB is republishing the book for a new generation ... with Piron's two follow-up books packaged with it. That's three books for the price of one!
Gerda malaperis! is a story about a young woman who is a specialist in secret languages of old ... and one day she goes missing! Set over 25 short chapters (some as dialogue, others as prose) the story is written to build on new vocabulary and grammar which you will have encountered in earlier chapters, getting progressively a little bit harder.
Lasu min paroli plu! is a collection of mainly monologues, and contains 35 short chapters using the same vocabulary and grammatical forms which were introduced in Gerda malaperis!
Ili kaptis Elzan! is a humorous story written to be a little bit more challenging than the previous two, but still has new learners in mind, sticking to easier forms of the language.
If you're a new learner wondering what you can read as a first book, here are three you can purchase in one compilation! We've set the price as £10: you'll find the book on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and so on.