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 Wise Monkey and the Wild Pig
A Japanese Folk Story ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan there lived a traveling monkey man. What does a monkey man do? He earns his living by travelling with a monkey and showing off the animal's tricks. One evening, the man came home feeling angry and... Read more
The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A cat made acquaintance with a mouse and spoke of the great love and friendship she felt for her. The Mouse consented to live in the same house with the Cat and share in the housekeeping. "But we must provide for... Read more
Master of Words: Bob Dylan
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags. He was going to New York City. By car, the trip would take over 18 hours. And he was travelling by his thumb. In other... Read more
Saving the Birds
ReadOasis Step 2 Creative Commons photo by AdADurden One day in spring, four men were riding on horses. They were travelling on a country road. It had just finished raining. The ground was very soft. Water was dripping from the trees. The grass was wet. These men were lawyers.... Read more
The Language of Beasts
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time a man had a shepherd. The shepherd served the man many years faithfully and honestly. One day, while herding his flock, the shepherd heard a strange sound coming out of the forest nearby. “Sssssss” went the sound.... Read more
The Crab and the Monkey
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a crab who lived in a hole on the shady side of a mountain. She was a very good housewife. She was careful and industrious, and her hole was the cleanest in the country, so she took great... Read more
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The valley known as Sleepy Hollow hides from the world in the high hills of New York state. Many stories are told about the quiet valley. But the story that people believe most is about a man who rides a horse... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den, and let me live with... Read more
The Brave Little Bowman
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time there was a little man with a crooked back who was called the wise little bowman because he used his bow and arrow so very well. This crooked little man said to himself:... Read more
The Tricky Wolf and the Rats
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 The Rat Chief Once upon a time a Big Rat lived in the forest, and many hundreds of other Rats called him their Chief. A Tricky Wolf saw this troop of Rats, and he began to plan how he... Read more
The Dragon and His Grandmother
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a great war. The king had many soldiers in his army. But he did not give them very much money, so they were poor and unhappy. Because of this, three of them decided to run away from the... Read more
The God of His Fathers
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Note: This is a scary story, and it may not be appropriate for young readers. Silently the wolves circled the herd of caribou deer. Gray bellies close to the ground, the wolves in the pack surrounded a pregnant deer. They pulled... Read more
The Whirligig of Life
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Note: To “whirl” means to spin, and a “whirligig” is a child's toy having a whirling or spinning motion. A “whirligig” is also something that spins, whirls, moves, or changes, like the spinning course of human events. Justice of the Peace... Read more
A Darning-Needle
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A needle is used for sewing, and a darning needle is used for simple jobs, like fixing holes in socks. In this story, the Darning needle thinks too highly of herself, giving us a story about pride and vanity. There was... Read more
How the Monkey Saved His Troop
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by by Law Keven A mango-tree grew on the bank of a great river. The fruit fell from some of the branches of this tree into the river, and from other branches it fell... Read more
The Red-Bud Tree
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time four young princes heard a story about a certain wonderful tree, called the Red-Bud Tree. No one of them had ever seen a Red-Bud Tree, and each prince wished to be the first to see... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 One warm day a Deer went down to a brook to get a drink. The stream was smooth and clear, and he could see himself in the water. He looked at his horns and was very proud of them, for they were large and long and... Read more
The Open Boat
By Stephen Crane ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Click to buy the book at Amazon The small lifeboat bounced from wave to wave in the rough Atlantic sea. The four men in the boat could not see the sky. The waves rose too high. The waves had white tops... Read more
The Wise Goat and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, many, many wild Goats lived in a cave in the side of a hill. A Wolf lived with his mate not far from this cave. Like all Wolves they liked the taste of Goat-meat. So... Read more