The Line of Least Resistance
By Edith Wharton ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mister Mindon returned home for lunch. His wife Mary was not at home. The servants did not know where she was. Mister Mindon sat alone at the table in the garden. He ate a small piece of meat and drank some... Read more
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 Farmer and the Actor (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was summer in Small-town. A famous actor was visiting from New York. He walked through the fields and enjoyed the beautiful sights. He loved the country. It was quiet. The air was clean and fresh. The scenery was beautiful, and the smells were delightful. He... Read more
What to Do Before an Earthquake
ReadOasis Step 2 Earthquakes come suddenly, violently, and without warning. You need to find dangers ahead of time. And you need to plan ahead. Then you can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. The following things will reduce the impact of earthquakes... Read more
The Three Bears
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Once upon a time, there were three bears. They lived together in a little house in the middle of the woods. One of them was a Little Bear. One was a Middle-Sized Bear, and the other was a Big Bear. Every morning the bears... Read more
Halloween Jack and His Lantern
ReadOasis Step 1 This is the story of Halloween night. It happened in Ireland a long time ago. There was a man named Jack. He drank too much. One day Jack met a Devil. The Devil wanted a human soul. "Hello Jack, I want your soul," said the Devil.... 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 Otters and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by by mape_s One day a Wolf said to her mate, “A longing has come upon me to eat fresh fish.” “I will go and get some for you,” said the mate. And he went down... Read more
The Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 2 By Aesop An argument arose between the North Wind and the Sun. Each claimed that he was stronger than the other. At last, they agreed to test their powers upon a traveller. They would see who could get the man to take off his coat first.... Read more
Lovely Elonca
By Andrew LangReadOasis Step 3(Part 1) There was once a king’s son who told his father that he wished to marry. “No, no!” said the king. “You must not be in such a hurry. Wait till you have done some great deed. My father did not let me marry... Read more
The Farmer and the Actor (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was summer in a small country town. An actor was visiting from the big city. He walked through the fields and enjoyed the beautiful place. He loved the country. It was quiet. The air was clean and clear. The view was beautiful and... Read more
Momotaro — The Peach Boy (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the mountains to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, a big pink thing... Read more
Big John Henry
A Tall Tale, Author Unknown ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo from craigrousseau.com People still talk about the night John Henry was born. It was dark and cloudy. Lightning lit up the night sky. John Henry’s birth was a big event. His parents showed him to everyone... Read more
The Rabbit (New Version)
As told by Hugh Lupton ReadOasis Step 1 It happened near a small town in the south of England. Young John Jones walked through the woods. As he walked, he enjoyed the clean air. He enjoyed the sounds of the woods. He enjoyed the good view. He walked slowly.... 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 and the Mouse (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was a dark night, deep in the Gir Woods of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a big tree. A sound like the wind came from his mouth and nose. And every time he opened an eye, all the animals stopped and... Read more
Toads and Diamonds
By Charles Perrault ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Illustration by Gustave Doré Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. The eldest was so much like her in the face and state of mind. Whoever looked upon the daughter saw the mother. They were both... Read more
Prince Wicked and the Grateful Animals
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time a king had a son named Prince Wicked. He was fierce and cruel, and he spoke to nobody without abuse, or blows. Like dust in the eye, was Prince Wicked to everyone, both... Read more
The Story of a Great Story
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Image by A. F. Lydon Two hundred years ago there was a young man who lived in Scotland. His name was Alexander Selkirk. He was always fighting and making trouble with his neighbors. Many people were glad when he ran away from home. He... 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