This is a book for Spanish 1. It can be read independently from the second semester. It can be read with assistance from the first week of school. Each story is written twice--in present and past tense. I know that some schools insist on present tense all year, while others want present and past tenses used.
Here is a sample from the book. The only thing missing--there is artwork! I just can't figure out how to get it on here. But go to amazon.com. You'll see it there.