The Frog and the Mouse
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 A mouse and a frog were friends. Every morning the frog jumped out of the water. Then he went and visited his friend the mouse. The mouse lived in an opening in the side of a tree. After a short visit, the frog climbed... Read more
Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale
Author Unknown ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Pecos eeill had a strange childhood. It all started after his father decided that there was no longer enough room in east Texas for his family. "Pack up, Ma!" he cried. "We’ve got neighbors moving in fifty miles away! It's getting' too... Read more
The Dog and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 One warm day a Dog lay down under a tree in a field. The wind blew softly and made the tall grass whisper. The light sparkled and danced on the leaves of the tree. And soon the Dog was fast asleep. He slept peacefully in the... Read more
The Rabbit and the Turtle
ReadOasis Step 2 One day, a Rabbit was talking to a Turtle. The Rabbit said, "Turtle, Turtle, you are so slow. I feel so sorry for anyone who moves as slow as you!" "You feel sorry for me?" said the Turtle. "Then why don't we run a race to... Read more
The Naughty Dog (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Aesop There once was a naughty dog. He would snap at people and bite them without any warning. He was a great annoyance to everyone who came to his master's house. So his master fixed a bell around his neck to warn people of his... Read more
The Little Pine Tree
ReadOasis Step 2 A little pine tree lived in the woods. It had no leaves. It had needles. The little tree said, "I do not like needles. All the other trees in the woods have pretty leaves. I want leaves, too. But I will have better leaves. I want... Read more
Three Goats Named Bruse
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Three goats once lived together on a mountain, and they were all named Bruse. It was hard for them to find enough to eat, for there was only a little grass growing between the cracks of the rocks. "Look at that fine green field... Read more
Tit for Tat (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 A Horse and a Dog were friends. One day the Dog spoke to the Horse. "I know of a fine field of vegetables. It is on the other side of the river. If you will take me across, I'll show you the place. This plan is... Read more
Doctor Heidegger’s Experiment
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Old Doctor Heidegger was a very strange man. He once invited four friends to meet him in his office. There were three white-bearded gentlemen. Mister Med, Colonel Kilgrew, and Mister Gascone. And, there was a thin old lady. Her husband had... Read more
The Stupid Monkey
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, there was a king. His country was large, and he had a lot of money. One day he decided to bring his army together. He wanted to take for himself a little country that was... Read more
The Farmer and the Donkey (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) The Farmer woke up very early. He held his arms up high and walked towards the kitchen in the quiet of the morning. The floor made sounds as he crossed the house. He stepped quietly because he didn’t want to wake his... Read more
The Giants and the Boy
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Painting: Landscape with Orion Once upon a time, there was a boy who had neither father nor mother. So in order to earn money with which he could live, he watched over and cared for the sheep of a great lord,... Read more
The Diamond Lens
By Fitz-James O'Brien ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) When I was ten years old, one of my older cousins gave me a microscope. The first time I looked through its magic lens, the clouds that surrounded my daily life rolled away. I saw many tiny living creatures in a... Read more
The Old Woman and Her Pig
ReadOasis Step 2 The Old Woman and Her Pig (McLoughlin Bros. 1890) An old woman was cleaning her house. She found a little coin. She asked herself, "What should I do with this coin? I will go to market and buy a little pig." On the way home, she... Read more
The Bird, Turtle, and Deer
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 5 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Minette Layne Once upon a time, a Deer lived in a forest near a lake. Not far from the same lake, a Bird had a nest in the top of a tree, and... Read more
The Magic Kettle
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) In the middle of Japan, high up in the mountains, an old man lived in a little house. He was very proud of his house. He loved the beautiful white straw mats. He loved the pretty papered walls. He opened them... Read more
The Sailor Man (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 By Laura Richards Retold by ReadOasis.com A long time ago, John and Mary came to the house of a sailor man. He lived by the sea. He worked on boats. When the children met him, the man was sitting by his door. He was tying ropes.... Read more
Beauty and Brownie
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Two Deer named Beauty and Brownie lived with their father and mother and great herds of Deer in a forest. One day their father called them to him and said: “The Deer in the forest are always in danger... Read more
The Endless Story
ReadOasis Step 2 In the Far East there was a great King. He had no work to do. But every day, he listened to stories. All day long, he listened to stories about every kind of topic. Some of the stories were very long, but he never got tired... Read more
In the Land of Souls
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago, in a far-off land, there lived a beautiful girl. She was the most beautiful girl in her tribe. Many of the young men wanted to marry her. But she ignored them all, except for one. He was a handsome... Read more