An Eyewitness
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, "The Story of an Eyewitness." Never... Read more
The Lion and the Fox (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the forest. And all the animals feared him. He ran to the top of gray, rocky mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the snow fall. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon... Read more
Mercury and the Logger (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Aesop Illustration by Milo Winter A Logger* was cutting a tree on the bank of a river. As he swung his axe, it bounced off the tree. The tool flew out of his hands and fell into the water. He stood by the water's edge... Read more
The Boarded Window
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Editor’s note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio, there lay a huge, almost endless, forest. The area... Read more
One Thousand Dollars
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman. His voice was severe and serious. "And here is the money.” Young Gill touched the thin package of fifty-dollar bills and laughed. "It's such a strange amount," he explained to the lawyer. His face... Read more
The Luck of Roaring Camp
By Bret Harte ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp. They stopped there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many... 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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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 Golden Bird
ReadOasis Step 2 The man took a dry piece of old bread, and he ate it. With his mouth still full, he said, "This is the last of the food. It's all gone." "I'm hungry too," said his wife. "Please go buy some food." The man said, "I can't.... 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