The Bird and the Golden Eggs
ReadOasis Step 2 A man and his wife had the good fortune to find a special bird. This bird laid a golden egg every day. They were very lucky to have this bird. But they began to think that they were not getting rich fast enough. They imagined that... Read more
Adventures of Tom Thumb
An English Fairy Tale ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a woodcutter lived with his wife in a small cottage not far from a great forest. They had seven children — all boys, and the youngest was the smallest little fellow anyone had ever seen. He was called... Read more
The Ruler and the Gardener
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a Ruler of Cordova, a country that is now in Northern Africa. The Ruler’s name was Al Mansour. One day, a strange merchant came to him. The merchant had diamonds and pearls. He had brought them from beyond the sea. The... Read more
She is Morning Sunrise
From West African Folk-Tales By William H. Barker Retold by ReadOasis at Step 2 Africa Day By William Murphy (Creative Commons) A man had a very beautiful daughter. She was so lovely that people in all the villages called her "Morning Sunrise." Every young man who saw her wanted... Read more
The Ransom of Red Chief
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) It looked like a good thing. Bill Driscoll and I were down south, in Alabama. This kidnapping idea struck us. There was a town, as flat as a pancake, called Summit. Bill and I had about six hundred dollars. We needed... Read more
The Dead Wife
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together. But after awhile, the wife had so many other things to do... Read more
He Carried the Bird (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 John Marshall by Henry Inman It was a cool morning in the city of Richmond, Virginia. The streets started to fill up with people. They were going in and out of shops, doing their morning shopping. An old man went into the market to buy something.... Read more
The Girl Monkey and the Pearls
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Pearls by Saucy Salad (Creative Commons) One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake... Read more
Puss in Boots
By Charles Perrault ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There was a man who worked at a mill. Every day, he used machines to grind wheat and make it into flower. The miller worked his whole life at that mill. He worked hard, but at his death, he had almost... Read more
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 3)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was fertile. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... 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
Rappaccini’s Daughter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 3 Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy. He rented a small room on the top floor of a dark, ancient palace. Long ago, the building had belonged to a noble family.... 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
ReadOasis Step 2 He came out of nowhere. In 1961, he just appeared in New York City, wanting to do music. And in one short year, he held a record contract in his hand. By the middle of the 1960s, he had reached the top of the pop music... Read more