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 Hazelnut Child
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there was a husband and a wife who had no children. Every day they prayed to Heaven to send them a child, even if it were no bigger than a hazelnut. (A hazelnut is a small brown... Read more
Animal Lessons
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) After a hot day, just before dark, a Florida woman is walking her dog near a small river. The dog is big, weighing 80 pounds (about 36 kilograms). But something bad is about to happen that the dog and woman do not expect. From... Read more
The Rabbit and the Turtle
ReadOasis Step 2 One day, a Rabbit was talking to a Turtle. The Rabbit said, “Turtle, Turtle, you are so slow. I feel so sorry for anyone who moves as slow as you!” “You feel sorry for me?” said the Turtle. “Then why don’t we run a race to... Read more
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By Beatrix Potter Retold at ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there were four little Rabbits. Their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. They lived with their mother under the ground by the root of a big tree. "Now, my dears," said the mother Rabbit one morning.... Read more
The Dog and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 One warm day a Dog lay down under a tree in a field. The wind blew softly and made the tall grass whisper. The light sparkled and danced on the leaves of the tree. And soon the Dog was fast asleep. He slept peacefully in the... Read more
Three Goats Named Bruse
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Three goats once lived together on a mountain, and they were all named Bruse. It was hard for them to find enough to eat, for there was only a little grass growing between the cracks of the rocks. "Look at that fine green field... Read more
A Clever Slave
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago there lived a poor slave whose name was Aaron. He was a small man with a large head and long arms. His face was white but very ugly. His large eyes were bright and active. When Aaron was about twenty years old,... Read more
The Naughty Dog (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Aesop There once was a naughty dog. He would snap at people and bite them without any warning. He was a great annoyance to everyone who came to his master's house. So his master fixed a bell around his neck to warn people of his... Read more
The Stupid Monkey
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, there was a king. His country was large, and he had a lot of money. One day he decided to bring his army together. He wanted to take for himself a little country that was... Read more
The Little Pine Tree
ReadOasis Step 2 A little pine tree lived in the woods. It had no leaves. It had needles. The little tree said, "I do not like needles. All the other trees in the woods have pretty leaves. I want leaves, too. But I will have better leaves. I want... 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 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 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 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
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
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
ReadOasis Step 2 He came out of nowhere. In 1961, he just appeared in New York City, wanting to do music. And in one short year, he held a record contract in his hand. By the middle of the 1960s, he had reached the top of the pop music... 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
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