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The Fox and the Grapes (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A hungry fox saw some fine grapes. The grapes were hanging in a high place on a wooden frame. The fox did his best to reach them. He jumped as high as he could into the air. But the grapes were just out of reach, so... Read more
The Wordy Turtle
ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, a turtle named Kameko lived in a lake with two Ducks. The Ducks and Kameko enjoyed good friendship. Kameko liked spending time with the Ducks because she could talk with them to her heart's content. Kameko liked to talk. She always had... Read more
The 300
ReadOasis Step 3 All the cities of Greece were in grave danger. A vast army, led by the great King of Persia, was coming from the east. It was moving along the sea, and in a few days, this army would be ready to attack. The King of Persia... Read more
The Land of Story-Books
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 3 At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the wall, And... Read more
The Hawks and Their Friends
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. BabbittReadOasis Step 4(Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Hello I'm Chuck A family of Hawks lived on an island in a lake not far from the great forest. On the northern shore of this lake lived a Lion, King of Beasts. On the... Read more
Sincerely, Ben Franklin
ReadOasis Step 1Cana Short Hello there. My name is Benjamin Franklin, and I'm 17 years old. I work at a printing shop here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But I have only been here for a few weeks. Before coming to Philadelphia, I lived in Boston, Massachusetts. That's where I was... Read more
Yoshitoshi, Master of Block Prints
ReadOasis Step 2 In Japan, there is a special kind of painting called "ukiyo-e." The word literally means "pictures of the floating world." Ukiyo-e are woodblock prints. This form of art is widely known through the paintings of Hokusai, especially his famous "Great Wave." Many ukiyo-e artists left their... Read more
The Little Match Girl
By Hans Christian AndersenReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) It felt like the coldest night of the year. The snow was falling hard, and it was almost dark. If you listened carefully, you could hear the snow softly hitting the ground and the sound of distant footsteps crunching on ice. It... Read more
The Queen of Glamour Rock
ReadOasis Step 4 "I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name, but it's very royal, and it sounds splendid. It's a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations."  Freddie Mercury Queen formed in... Read more
JK Rowling and Harry Potter (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 After graduating from university in 1983, JK Rowling was living in London. She worked for the human rights group Amnesty International. But in 1990, she decided to move to Manchester. After spending a weekend looking for an apartment, she took the train back to London. It... Read more
Exercise and Live Longer
ReadOasis Step 2 You are sitting in a nice restaurant. You are about to enjoy an expensive meal with a friend. But then a man sitting at the table next to you starts smoking. To make matters worse, he blows smoke in your face. Why? He doesn't want to... Read more
Momotaro — The Peach Boy (Step 1)
A Story from JapanReadOasis Step 1 Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the high places to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, she saw... Read more
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
ReadOasis Step 2 Stephen Hawking is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists. (A physicist studies the relationship between matter and energy in space and time.) Hawking has written many science books for non-scientists. His most famous book is called "A Brief History of Time." It has sold over... Read more
Paul Bunyan
A FolktaleReadOasis Step 3(Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by archer10 (Dennis) Many years ago, Paul Bunyan was born. He lived in the American state of Maine. His mother and father were shocked when they first saw the boy. Paul was very large when he was born. It took five... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
ReadOasis Step 4 The film ET charmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was humorous and compelling, and it told an inspiring story about love and companionship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky, and he says, "ET phone home." This simple phrase... Read more
Indian Princess: Pocahontas (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) John watched the river flow. The water was green and blue and full of fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and tall grass. They were moving softly in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful and wild place. But suddenly John heard... Read more
Get Power with Body Language (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 "Power posing actually causes people to become more powerful." -- Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy: Wonder Woman Pose (by Thatcher Cook) It was 4:00 A.M, and the sky was black as night. A single car was moving down a long and narrow road. Three young college girls... Read more
The Fearful Rabbits
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 Rabbits, as you know, are very shy. Even a little shadow sends them running away to a hiding place. Take, for example, the story of the Rabbits who thought it was better to die than to be in fear all the time. One... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Many years ago, there was a man named Francis. He lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving. He loved animals, especially birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and take care of... Read more
A Giant of Business (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Black liquid exploded out of the ground and towards the sky. It was oil—black gold—and it had the power to light up homes. It had the power to run the engine of the American economy. It had the power to make a man very rich. John... Read more