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Two Great Painters
ReadOasis Step 2 Escaping Criticism by Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874 There once was a painter named Zeuxis. He could paint life-like pictures. People often mistook his pictures for the real things which they represented. At one time he painted the picture of some fruit. It seemed so real... Read more
Little Red Riding Hood
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a little girl. She was sweet and pretty and good, and everybody loved her. Her old grandmother was very fond of her. So the grandmother made the little girl a cute red coat with a hood. It suited... Read more
The Wolf and the Dog
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 One day a Wolf was walking through the forest. A light snow was falling among the tall, green trees, floating down like little white stars. The Wolf wandered slowly on, for he was sick, weak, and bony thin. His eyes were dark as death,... Read more
James Watt and the Teapot
ReadOasis Step 2 A little boy was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen. He was watching the red fire in the wide open fireplace. He quietly thought about the causes of things. He was always thinking and always wanting to know how things worked. "Grandma," he asked, "what makes the... Read more
A Wee (Wii) Gaming Machine
ReadOasis Step 2 Nintendo makes video games and gaming machines. It is one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Nintendo's popularity took off in 2006 with the release of the Nintendo Wii. The portable Nintendo DS is also extremely popular. In 2007, the company had an income... Read more
Practice Makes Genius
By D.S. Aims ReadOasis Step 4 Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was two years old. Tiger was a mere toddler when his father began training him to become a great golfer. As a boy, baseball phenomenon Ichiro Suzuki practiced with his father every day. The practice sessions... Read more
The Drama of Darwin (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Annie Darwin was her father's joy, and she treated him with tender kindness. But in 1849 Annie became sick with severe fever. Charles struggled to cure her, but in 1851, Annie died and was buried in a small church in Worcestershire. The words on her grave... Read more
Newspeak and 1984
ReadOasis Step 3 Censorship and 1984 Winston is an editor. Every day he works with words. His hands are soft, and he is not strong. He does not do hard physical labor. But his job is challenging and even dangerous. He works for the government of Oceania. Every day,... Read more
Anne Frank’s Diary
ReadOasis Step 2 On Friday, June 12, Anne woke up at six o'clock in the morning. It was hard for her to control her curiosity because it was her birthday. She waited for as long as she could. And after seven, she went to her father and mother and... Read more
A Christmas Cat
ReadOasis Step 2 One Christmas Eve, Johnny opened the front door of his house. He wanted to look at the white snow falling from the sky. As he looked, he saw something white moving towards him in the snow. At first, Johnny walked back in fear. But then he... Read more
The Holly and the Ivy
ReadOasis Step 5 One cold winter day, Johnny strolled through the woods. He felt sad, saying, "I wish I could give my sister a nice present for Christmas." But Johnny didn't have money. So, he walked on in the snow, looking down at the ground. And he listened to... Read more
A Grinch Christmas
ReadOasis Step 3 During Christmas, we hear lots of stories. One famous Christmas story is called "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. Published in 1957, the picture book is still popular today. The book has also been adapted for television and the movie screen. And the story... Read more
Sincerely, Sacajawea
ReadOasis Step 2by Cana Short Sacajawea with Lewis and Clark (Wikipedia) Hello. My name is Sacajawea, and I am a Shoshone Indian. My people live in the vast hill country of the Rocky Mountains. You may be wondering, “How about you?” Well, when I was only 12 years old,... Read more
Frosty the Snowman
ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time on a cold winter's day, a group of children played joyfully in the snow. They enjoyed building snowmen and throwing snowballs at each other. Suddenly, one of the children had an idea. "Let's make a snowman that can come to life!" he... Read more
The Boy and the Robbers
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a man called Cyrus the Great. He was king of Persia. At that time, boys were taught to tell the truth. This was one of their first lessons at home and at school. During the time of Cyrus the Great,... Read more
Where Did Tetris Come From?
ReadOasis Step 2 Tetris stands as one of the most popular games of all time. The game was created in 1984 by a Russian software engineer, Alexey Pajitnov. He wanted to make a game that was simple to play but had a lot of variety. Though the game rose... Read more
A Library with No Books
ReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) It was dark outside and freezing. Ice and snow shined gray and white under the light of the moon and the lights on the streets. In the surrounding valley, an icy breeze blew through the trees and over the cold waters of the Susquehanna and... Read more
Little Ben’s Whistle
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, a little boy lived in Boston. His name was Ben Franklin. On his seventh birthday, his mother gave him a few pennies. He looked at the bright, yellow pieces. "What shall I do with these pennies, mother?" he asked. This was the... Read more
Think and Grow Rich
ReadOasis Step 3 Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a small town in Virginia. His mother passed away when he was only 9 years old. His father remarried after two years and his stepmother became a good influence on him. She sent him to school and encouraged him... Read more
The Inch-High Samurai
ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time, a poor old couple lived in a small village. They had been married for many years. But they had never been blessed with a child. Every day, the couple prayed and wished for a baby. One day, their prayers were answered in... Read more