Luck
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 I was at a dinner in London given in honor of one of the most celebrated English military men of his time. I do not want to tell you his real name and titles. I will just call him Lieutenant General Lord Arthur... Read more
The Law of Life
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The old Indian was sitting in the snow. His name was Koko. He was the old chief of his tribe. Now, all he could do was sit and listen to the others. His eyes were old. He could not see, but... Read more
The White Heron
By Sarah Orne Jewett ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A little girl hurried through the forest. It was a summer evening in June. It was already eight o'clock. The forest was full of shadows. Sally wondered if her grandmother would be angry with her for being so late. Every... Read more
The North Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 3 Image Gutenberg.org One day the sun and the wind had a quarrel. The wind said, "I am stronger than you." "No," said the sun, "I am stronger than you." While they were disputing, they saw a traveler coming down the road. He wore a heavy coat.... Read more
The Ambitious Guest
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was a  December night, a very long time ago. A family sat around the fireplace in their home. A golden light from the fire filled the room. The mother and father laughed at something their oldest daughter had just said.... Read more
Little Red Riding Hood
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a little girl. She was sweet and pretty and good, and everybody loved her. Her old grandmother was very fond of her. So the grandmother made the little girl a cute red coat with a hood. It suited... Read more
The Sleeping Princess
ReadOasis Step 3 Part 1 Long, long ago, there lived a king and queen. They had everything to make them happy. They had servants, lands, gold, and the finest castle. But more than anything, they wanted a child. But they did not have one. Finally, after many years, they... Read more
Death Calls at Dinner
From Five-Minute Mysteries ReadOasis Step 2 It was dark outside, but the lights at the Brown household were burning bright. In this usually quiet neighborhood, the Browns were throwing a big and lively party. From the street, passersby could see people standing in the living room, holding drinks and... Read more
The Goose Girl
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived an old Queen. Her husband had been dead some years, and he left her with one child, a beautiful daughter. When this daughter grew up, she was to be married to a King's son, who lived far away.... Read more
A Lesson for Kings
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Battle of Gaugamela (Photo Wikipedia) Alexander, the king of Macedon, wanted to become the king of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He destroyed cities. He burned towns. He killed thousands of people. Then, far in the East, he came... Read more
The Sailor Man (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 By Laura Richards Retold by ReadOasis.com Once upon a time, two children came to the house of a sailor man, who lived beside the salt sea; and they found the sailor man sitting in his doorway knotting ropes. “How do you do?” asked the sailor man.... Read more
The Sons of the Caliph
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a Caliph of Persia whose name was Al Mamoun. He had two sons. He wanted them to be honest and noble men. So he found a wise man to be their teacher. The teacher's name was Al Farra. One day, after their lesson, Al... Read more
The Monkey’s Paw
ReadOasis Step 2 By W.W. Jacobs (Part 1) Outside the night was cold and wet. But inside the sitting room of the Whites' house, the curtains were shut and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were playing a game of chess. The son always took big risks when... Read more
The Bad Dog (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 By Aesop There once was a bad dog. He would run after people and try to eat them without any warning. He was a great trouble to everyone who came to his owner's house. So his owner put a bell around his neck so that people... Read more
Aladdin’s Lamp
ReadOasis Step 3 Aladdin was the only son of a poor widow who lived in China. But instead of helping his mother, he let her do all the hard work while he fooled around and enjoyed himself. One day, Aladdin was playing in the streets, and a stranger came... 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 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
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
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