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 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 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) 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 that pushed the open boat. Every man... 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
Just Kidding?
ReadOasis Step 2 A young engineer just finished his studies. And he was looking for work. He got an interview at General Electric (GE), one of the biggest companies in the world. The interview went well. But at the end, the man from GE said, "Let me ask you... 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
Hansel and Gretel
By the Brothers Grimm ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there lived a poor wood cutter and his wife. The wood cutter had two children from his first marriage. His little boy was called Hansel, and his little girl was named Gretel. The family lived near... Read more
The Three Fishes
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time three Fishes lived in a far-away river. They were named Thoughtful, Very-Thoughtful, and Thoughtless. One day they left the wild country where no men lived, and they came down the river to live near a... Read more
A Lesson in Justice (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Alexander the Great was the king of Macedon. His ambition was 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... Read more
He Carried the Bird (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 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. He was dressed in simple... 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 Flower Picciola
By X. B. Saintine ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Many years ago, a poor man was shut up in one of the great prisons of France. His name was Charney, and he was very sad and unhappy. He had been put into prison wrongfully, and it seemed that no... Read more
The Little Match Girl
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It felt like the coldest night of the year. The snow was falling hard, and it was almost dark. If you listened carefully, you could hear the snow softly hitting the ground and the sound of distant footsteps crunching on... Read more
The Wordy Turtle
ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, a turtle named Kameko lived in a lake with two Ducks. The Ducks and Kameko enjoyed good friendship. Kameko liked spending time with the Ducks because she could talk with them to her heart's content. Kameko liked to talk. She always had... 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
The Shaka Sign
ReadOasis Step 2 In Hawaii, one gesture rules them all. Locals call it "shaka." And they use the shaka sign to say, "Hello," "How’s it going?" and "Thank you!" But shaka also shows something else. It shows the spirit of Hawaii, called "Aloha." Aloha is the Hawaiian word for... Read more
The Hairy Man and the Prince
By Andrew Lang Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a powerful king. He ruled over many people, but he did not care for them. In fact, he took whatever he wanted from anyone. One day, he took two great fields of... Read more