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
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)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 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 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
What to Do Before an Earthquake
ReadOasis Step 2 Fires of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake 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... Read more