The Boy on Graves-End Road
By Caty Weaver Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or, at least she thought he was. “Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red beans?” “Red beans, Mama.” Ben had come up quietly right behind her. “Don’t do that,... Read more
Bluebeard’s Castle
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. Illustration by Gustave Doré Many years ago there was a rich man with a blue beard. He was ugly and had no wife. Actually, he had had many wives, but... Read more
The Story of Theseus
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, at the foot of a very high mountain there lived a little boy. His name was Theseus. Theseus was from an important family. His father was the king, and his grandfather was a brave and wise leader in the country. Theseus... Read more
Clever Maria
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There was once a trader who lived close to the royal palace. His wife had died, but he had three daughters. Maria, the youngest daughter, was the prettiest of the three. One day the king sent a message to the trader.... Read more
Jimmy’s First Date
ReadOasis Step 2 Jimmy's hands were shaking. He wanted to ask Mary to go on a date. But he had never asked a girl to go out before. Finally, he just decided to do it. He walked up to Mary and said, "Hi Mary." Mary looked at Jimmy and... Read more
The Cunning Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, the people in a certain town went out into the woods for a holiday. They took baskets full of good things to eat. But when midday came they ate all the meat they had brought... Read more
The Monkey and the Cat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a Monkey and a Cat lived together as pets in the same house. They enjoyed great friendship. They always played together, and for fun they caused a lot of trouble. Above all, they enjoyed searching for something to eat. More than anything... Read more
Cornelia’s Jewels
ReadOasis Step 2 Painting By Angelica Kauffman It was a bright morning in the city of Rome a very long time ago. Two boys were standing in the garden of their summer home. They were looking at their mother and her friend. The two women were walking among the... Read more
The Boy and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. He thought it would be funny to play a trick on the villagers, and he could have some fun at their expense. He ran toward the village crying out as loud... Read more
The Oldest People on Earth
ReadOasis Step 1 Many, many years ago, Egypt was the greatest country in the world. It was a beautiful land. It had a beautiful river called the Nile. Egypt had many great cities. There were also many large fields of grain. There was also much fine grass for sheep... Read more
The Elephant and the Dog
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Creative Commons Photo by OxOx Once upon a time a Dog used to go into the stable where the king’s Elephant lived. At first the Dog went there to get the food that was left after the Elephant had... Read more
Fortune and the Logger
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago there lived in a forest a logger and his wife and children. He was very poor, depending only on his axe for cutting wood and two mules. The mules carried the wood he cut to the neighboring... Read more
The Boy and the Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang Retold by Jenna Schmalz ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time an Indian hunter decided to journey far away from all his tribe. He wanted to build himself a hut in the middle of a great forest. Since his heart was warm and kind,... Read more
Snowflake
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a farmer called Ivan. His wife’s name was Marie. They were very happy together. But there was one thing they were missing. They had no children. They used to like watching their neighbors’ children. But... Read more
Doctor Goldsmith
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Goldsmith. Goldsmith had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others. He was happy to share with them anything that he had. He had no family. So the people of his town... Read more
The Mink and the Wolf
By Andrew Lang (The Orange Fairy Book) ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by tsaiproject.jpg In a big forest in the north of America lived many wild animals of all kinds. They were always very polite when they met. But they kept a close watch on each... Read more
The Slave and the Lion
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The forest was quiet. The afternoon sun was hot, but the trees kept the forest cool. Birds were singing in the trees. But then they stopped. They heard two big sounds. The first was the sound of a man running. The second... Read more
The Prince, Love, and the Clock
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Prince Michael sat on his favorite bench in the park. The September night was nice and cool. It made him feel more alive. The benches were not filled. Most people are quick to stay home when the autumn weather becomes cool.... Read more
The Last Gift
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a rich, happy family, who were all gathered together. The master, the servants, and friends of the family were full of joy. On this day a son was born, and mother and child were doing well. The... Read more
The Rabbit: A Traditional Story (Step 3)
With special thanks to storyteller Hugh Lupton ReadOasis Step 3 In the southern territory of Oregon, near the majestic Lake of the Woods, young John Jones was wandering through the forest. As he wandered, he calmly breathed in the fresh air and gazed upon the grand, green trees. Then... Read more