The Blind Poet Homer
Retold by James Baldwin and ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Homer and His Guide by Bouguereau A long time ago, there was a certain man who wrote poems. Today his poems are among the greatest treasures of the world. The man’s name was Homer. Tradition holds that Homer... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 2)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 On February 5, 1860, a strange thing happened at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Church members were not having a “bake sale.” They were having a “slave sale.”  But this sale was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a... Read more
The Law of Life
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The old Indian was sitting in the snow. His name was Koko. He was the old chief of his tribe. Now, all he could do was sit and listen to the others. His eyes were old. He could not see, but... Read more
Death Calls at Dinner
From Five-Minute Mysteries ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was dark outside, but the lights at the Brown household were burning bright. In this usually quiet neighborhood, the Browns were throwing a big and lively party. From the street, passersby could see people standing in the living room, holding... Read more
The Sleeping Princess
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Long, long ago, there lived a king and queen. They had everything to make them happy. They had servants, lands, gold, and the finest castle. But more than anything, they wanted a child. But they did not have one. Finally, after many years, they... Read more
The Goose Girl
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived an old Queen. Her husband had been dead some years, and he left her with one child, a beautiful daughter. When this daughter grew up, she was to be married to a King's son, who lived far away.... Read more
A Lesson for Kings
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Battle of Gaugamela (Photo Wikipedia) Alexander, the king of Macedon, wanted to become the king of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He destroyed cities. He burned towns. He killed thousands of people. Then, far in the East, he came... Read more
The White Heron
By Sarah Orne Jewett ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A little girl hurried through the forest. It was a summer evening in June. It was already eight o'clock. The forest was full of shadows. Sally wondered if her grandmother would be angry with her for being so late. Every... Read more
The Fox and the Grapes (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A hungry fox saw some fine grapes. The grapes were hanging in a high place on a wooden frame. The fox did his best to reach them. He jumped as high as he could into the air. But the grapes were just out of reach, so... Read more
The Sailor Man (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 By Laura Richards Retold by ReadOasis.com Once upon a time, two children came to the house of a sailor man, who lived beside the salt sea; and they found the sailor man sitting in his doorway knotting ropes. “How do you do?” asked the sailor man.... Read more
The Monkey’s Paw
ReadOasis Step 2 By W.W. Jacobs (Part 1) Outside the night was cold and wet. But inside the sitting room of the Whites' house, the curtains were shut and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were playing a game of chess. The son always took big risks when... Read more
A Princess of Mars
By Edgar Rice Burroughs ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Cover art by Frank E. Schoonover I have never told this story. I know the human mind will not believe what it cannot understand. I cannot explain what happened to me. I can only tell of the ten years my... Read more
The Fox and the Grapes (Step 1)
A Story by AesopReadOasis Step 1 A fox saw some fine grapes. The grapes were hanging up in a high place. The fox said to himself, "Those grapes look good. I want to eat them." The fox did his best to get the grapes. He jumped high into the... Read more
The Bridge
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Mattinbgn A man stood on a railroad bridge in Alabama. He was looking down into the swift waters of the Owl Creek River below. The man's hands were tied behind his back. There was a rope around... Read more
The Bad Dog (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 By Aesop There once was a bad dog. He would run after people and try to eat them without any warning. He was a great trouble to everyone who came to his owner's house. So his owner put a bell around his neck so that people... Read more
The Sons of the Caliph
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a Caliph of Persia whose name was Al Mamoun. He had two sons. He wanted them to be honest and noble men. So he found a wise man to be their teacher. The teacher's name was Al Farra. One day, after their lesson, Al... Read more
The Bird and the Golden Eggs
ReadOasis Step 2 A man and his wife had the good fortune to find a special bird. This bird laid a golden egg every day. They were very lucky to have this bird. But they began to think that they were not getting rich fast enough. They imagined that... Read more
Pigs is Pigs
By Ellis Parker Butler ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Mike Flannery, the agent of the Interurban Express Company, leaned over the desk in the company’s office in Westcote and shook his fist. Mr. Morehouse, angry and red, stood on the other side of the desk, shaking with fury. The... Read more
The Ruler and the Gardener
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a Ruler of Cordova, a country that is now in Northern Africa. The Ruler’s name was Al Mansour. One day, a strange merchant came to him. The merchant had diamonds and pearls. He had brought them from beyond the sea. The... Read more
The Tricky Wolf and the Rats
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 The Rat Chief Once upon a time a Big Rat lived in the forest, and many hundreds of other Rats called him their Chief. A Tricky Wolf saw this troop of Rats, and he began to plan how he... Read more