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The Rosco Foundation

For Rosa our love
For Rosa our hearts
For Rosa our thanks

You will always be with us
Never to part we are with you

Linda Clayman

Hello Rosa – Thank you so much for making this fine work available to my 2 year old Grandson. We have lived in Portugal for just a few years, and Isaac is just beginning to say a few words in Portuguese. I will be sending a donation on his behalf. Please be strong, and remember this gift you have given to our children will live on for ever in your name. Best wishes


Thank you so much for all of this and all you have given to children all these years.
I am sure Laurinha will love them and they will bring very good memories to her head and heart.

Big kiss with good wishes

David Fish, Lagos

Hi Rosa – You have produced outstanding results helping children to progress with reading and writing in both English and Portuguese, a natural empathy with children and a deep understanding of how they learn.

Ellen Gently

These reading books are ideal for children to read to their parents, friends and teachers, putting in the sort of practice that is essential for early reading.


Hi Lesley

I’m Carla, I have been looking at your site and enjoyed it. I’m going to download for my daughters, they also want to know if you find yourself well I wish you much happiness and improvements give me news.

Matthew & Dawn


I hope you received my donation!?

Sorry to hear you’re not that well. Me and my mum are living in Ireland now… I still remember you as my BEST teacher … and this is a little something for your books..

Patricia Westheimer

Hello Rosa, I just received an email informing me about your wonderful work. I am the Godmother of children at the SOS Children’s Village near Estoril. There are many children in the village that can’t read. With best regards and respect

Caroline Adams, Almancil

Dear Rosa – My children learnt basic Portuguese using these interesting and imaginative books. Your work helped to prepare them for Portuguese school, in a fun and systematic way. The children and I wish you all the best with your books and hope in the near future more children will have access to these wonderful, and interesting books. Kind regards.

Carla Cartucho, Mother and business woman, Lagos

Hello Rosa .. Thank you for you devotion to the smallest ones and for presenting these books … Many children are going to learn with pleasure their first words in Portuguese. It’s so good to help others * Thanks *


Rosa died on 1st June 2010. Here, in her own words, she talks of her life and motivations.


Hello and welcome to this site

My name is Lesley Stephens – I use the Portuguese pen name of Rosa Estevens. I have lived in Portugal since 1972 and in many ways I feel Portuguese. I have taught in an International school in the Algarve for over 25 years, as coordinator for the Infant section with special responsibility for facilitating the learning of Portuguese.

In England and Spain there are early reading and alphabet schemes available, but nothing similar existed in Portugal. Using my experience of using many different schemes in English I have written one in Portuguese. Initially I made and used my own alphabet and reading books by hand, and wrote an Alphabet Project and Reading Scheme that I used in my classes. I now want to help the Portuguese children in their foundation of the educational process, and try to benefit the children of the country where I feel I belong.

Despite many years of searching, I have been unsuccessful in finding a publisher for these books. Now I have terminal lung cancer and my time is running out – so rather than all my years of work and research being lost, I have decided to give my work away free on the internet to get it to the children, teachers and parents that can benefit from it. With the help of friends who have donated their time and energy, we have created this web site.

There is a donations button should you wish to donate for the use of this material. The money will be used to extend my life: giving me money to continue with acupuncture, to be able to eat better organic foods and to continue taking vitamins and supplements, so that I may continue working on finishing these levels for the children. The state gives me a minimal amount to live on, so any contributions will be very welcome.

Upon my death any future donations will go to a local children’s charity.

Thank you for using this site. Please help to spread the word of this material and let the children read!

Lesley Stephens – Rosa Estevens

Update: April 2010

We are now approaching the magical figure 500 downloads! Thank you so much for getting my work to the children and helping them read. Please spread the word and carry on downloading – you inspire me to continue!

I have received many donations and so many messages of thanks and encouragement, which have overwhelmed me with joy. Some of them can be seen in the box on the left of each page. Thank you so much! I’m sorry I can’t reply personally to each one – there are so many, and I’m not as strong as I was! Please keep them coming, they mean so much to me.

Meanwhile my treatment continues, and some great news – the government have at last agreed to raise my pension 🙂

Love and best wishes to you all.