Two Foolish Birds
ReadOasis Step 3 Photo: Wikipedia A Blackbird looked into a Dove's nest one day, and he saw how happy and well-fed the Doves seemed to be. He thought that if he were only a Dove he would have a very easy life of it. So he painted himself white... Read more
Pecos Bill Retold
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Pecos Bill was not a real person. But he had an unusual life, and he did extraordinary things. By his mighty deeds, he showed that people could do just about anything. He also shows the spirit of the early pioneers in the American West.... Read more
The Ugly Duckling (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
The Bell and the Cat
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 A big, white house stood in the middle of a field. Green grass surrounded the house, and behind it, the orange sun was setting over rolling hills. The air was calm at the beginning of a quiet evening. But inside the house there was... Read more
The Golden Arm
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a man who travelled all over the land in search of a wife. He saw young and old, rich and poor, pretty and plain, but he could not find one woman who met with his approval. At last he found a woman, young,... Read more
Two Men and a Bear (Step 2)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 2 Two men were traveling together through a forest. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of fresh flowers, the buzz of bees in the trees, and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, the forest became strangely silent.... Read more
Jack and the Beanstalk
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Jack was a lazy boy who would not work to help his widowed mother. At last they both became very poor, and the old woman had to sell her only cow. With the money, they could buy food and stay alive. She sent Jack... Read more
Writing a Book
Adapted from Very Short Stories By Mrs. W. K. Clifford ReadOasis Step 2 Three children looked out the window of their living room. It was cold outside, and a hard rain was beating on the window. They wanted to go out and play, but the weather wouldn’t allow it.... Read more
The Ugly Duckling (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
From More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 Just One Lion (Wikimedia) One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den,... Read more
Cupid and Psyche
Adapted from the Greek Story By Carolyn S. Bailey Retold by ReadOasis.com ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There was once a beautiful earth-girl named Psyche. But she was lonely because she had no one to play with. Every day Psyche would run and play in the forests and hills.... Read more
The Dog, Rooster, and Fox
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 2 A Dog and a Rooster were best friends. They wanted to see the world, so they decided to leave the farm. They set out on their trip, going along the road that led into the woods. The two friends traveled along... Read more
Peter Bull
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a poor farmer who lived in Denmark. He and his wife owned a very good farm, but they had no children. They were often sad because they had no one to give their possessions to when they died.... Read more
The Snake and the Rope (Step 4)
BeeOasis Step 4 Once upon a time, a Blind Man and a Man who could see were traveling together. When it came night, they rode into a meadow, dismounted, and lay down to sleep until morning. Before dawn, as they were about to start on their way again, the... Read more
Talking Dog for Sale
ReadOasis Step 1 One day a man named Joe was walking down the street. As he walked, he saw a strange sign in front of a house. The sign said, "Talking Dog for Sale." "A talking dog! I’ve got to see this," said Joe to himself. He walked over... Read more
The Princess and the Pea (Step 2)
By Hans Christian Andersen Retold at ReadOasis Step 2 This is a story about the son of a king. The king’s son is called a prince. The prince is looking for love. But he must marry the daughter of a king. A king’s daughter is called a princess. Will... Read more
The King’s New Clothes
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Many, many years ago there lived a king. He loved new clothes so much that he spent all his money on them. His only desire was to be always well dressed. He did not care for his soldiers. The theatre did not please him.... Read more
The Snake and the Rope (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, two men were traveling together. One man was blind, and the other could see. After a long day of travel, the sun went down. The air became cool, and the sky turned dark red. Just before dark, the men rode into a... Read more
For Want of a Nail
ReadOasis Step 3 It was a cloudy and rainy day. Men sat high up on horses, riding through the stone streets around the king's castle. The metal sound of the horseshoes bounced off the walls of old buildings. At the end of the street, a metal worker was putting... Read more
The Lion and the Fox (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the world. And all living things feared him. He ran to the top of mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the clouds change colors. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon the... Read more