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
The Stolen Plow
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Thomas Hart Benton's Plowing It Under At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town nearby. One day the village trader took... Read more
The Farmer’s Treasure
ReadOasis Step 3 A Fable by Aesop, Retold by Cana Short There once was a farmer who became very ill. He visited the doctor, who told him that he would not live much longer. The farmer had a wife and two sons. He hoped to find a way to... Read more
A Lesson in Justice (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Alexander the Great was the king of Macedon. He wished to become the master of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He plundered cities, he burned towns, he destroyed thousands of lives. At last, far in the East, he came to a... Read more
Beauty and the Beast
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There once was a man who worked as a Merchant at sea. He had many ships, and he was rich. He had three daughters. The youngest was so beautiful that everyone called her Beauty. This made the two older sisters jealous. They were mean... Read more
The Adventure with Lions
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Don Quixote (dän kēˈhōtē) is a famous Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It tells of the humorous adventures of Don Quixote and his helper, Sancho Panza. The following is the story of Don Quixote's adventure with lions. “Don Quixote“ by Gustave Doré The... Read more
The Princess and the Pea (Step 3)
By Hans Christian Andersen Retold at ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time, there was a prince. He was miserable and lonesome, and he wanted to get married. But he had to marry a princess, but not just any princess. She had to be a real princess. He roamed... Read more
The Pig and the Sheep
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 One day a Shepherd saw a fat Pig walking about in a field. The Shepherd left his sheep for a moment and quietly walked towards the Pig. But the Pig saw the Shepherd coming, and it screamed, “Oink, oink, oink” and ran away.... Read more
Tit for Tat (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A Wild Horse and a Wild Dog were friends. One day the Dog said to the Horse: "I know that there is a fine field of corn on the other side of the river. If you will take me across, I'll show you the place. This... Read more
The Farmer and the Donkey (Step 2)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) After going a little farther, they passed a party of women and children. The Farmer heard them say, "What a selfish old man! He himself rides in comfort, but he lets his poor little boy follow as best he can on his... Read more
The Hawks and Their Friends
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis 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.... 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
The Wolf in a Sheep’s Suit
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) "A Hungry Wolf by Bruce McKay" The wolf was hungry. He hadn't eaten in days. He looked around the forest, but he could not find any food. He chased after a rabbit, but the rabbit got away. He saw a deer and ran after... Read more
Two Silly Birds
ReadOasis Step 2 A Blackbird looked into a Dove's house one day. He saw that the Doves were happy, and they had enough food. He thought, "If I were a Dove, my life would be so easy!" Photo: Wikipedia So he painted himself white. And he went into the... Read more
The King and Carl
ReadOasis Step 1 Many years ago there was a King of Prussia. His name was Frederick. He was very wise and very strong. People called him Frederick the Great. Like other kings, he lived in a beautiful home. He had many fighters and servants to serve him. Carl was... Read more
True Riches
Adapted from “The Fortune” In “The Golden Windows” By Laura E. Richards ReadOasis Step 2 One cloudy day a man was walking along the street. He was sad because his business was not going well. On top of that, he wanted to buy a horse, but he didn’t have... Read more
The Rabbit: A Traditional Story (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 With special thanks to storyteller Hugh Lupton. In the south of Oregon, near Lake of the Woods, young John Jones was walking through the forest. As he walked, he enjoyed the fresh air and the tall green trees. He came to an open field. The grass was... Read more
Sleeping Beauty
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time, there lived a King and Queen who had no children. Every day they prayed for a child. Finally, a daughter was born, and in their joy, they held a great celebration. For the celebration, the King invited all the fairies... Read more
Hide and Seek
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two sons, but they gave them strange names. Their first son was named, “Mind Your Own Business.” Now that was strange enough, but they named their second son, “Trouble.” But even with their funny names, the two boys grew up normal,... Read more
Saved by a Dolphin
From Fifty Famous People By James Baldwin Retold by ReadOasis.com ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) In the city of Corinth there once lived a wonderful musician whose name was Arion. He played a stringed instrument called a lyre. Arion played the lyre better and sang more sweetly than anyone.... Read more