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The Three Little Pigs
By William Byron Forbush (Public Domain)ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago pigs could talk. No one had ever heard of bacon. And pigs lived happy and long lives together with their families. In one of those families lived an old, piggy mother and her three little sons. They... Read more
The Future on Your Wrist (Step 3)
By Tek SmithReadOasis Step 3 The world was waiting in anticipation. It had been three years since the death of Steve Jobs. Jobs was the head of Apple Computer. Under his leadership, Apple released many innovative products, including the iPod, the iPhone, iTunes, and the iPad. These products were... Read more
Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, and gentle. It is an ideal time of day for taking pictures.... Read more
Michael Jackson: King of Pop
ReadOasis Step 3 In March 1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major television event. Many Motown artists gave impressive performances, but Michael Jackson upstaged them all when he sang Billie Jean and revealed his signature dance move, the moonwalk. His performance caused many to perceive him... Read more
Experienced in the Blues: Eric Clapton
ReadOasis Step 2 In June 1999, Eric Clapton sold 100 of his guitars. And his 1956 Fender guitar went for the record price of $497,500. In total, the sale brought in $5 million dollars. And Clapton gave the money to a drug and alcohol clinic that he started. After... Read more
The Hills of Hay
By Robert Louis StevensonReadOasis Step 4 Through all the pleasant meadow-sideThe grass grew shoulder-high,Till the shining blades went far and wideAnd cut it down to dry. Those green and sweetly smelling cropsThey led in wagons home;And they piled them here in mountain topsFor mountaineers to roam. Here is Mount... Read more
The Little Shepherd Boy
By William Byron Forbush (Public Domain)ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a little shepherd boy. He attained fame and honor far and wide for the wise answers which he gave to all questions. Now the King of the country heard of this boy, but he would... Read more
Sherlock Holmes and the Night Sky
ReadOasis Step 2 Sherlock Holmes was a detective. He had a brilliant mind for solving crimes and mysteries. He worked with his  friend Dr. Watson, a retired army officer. There are many stories about Sherlock Holmes. And they have been made into movies and dramas. The stories were written... Read more
The Biggest Band (Step 2)
By Maria SonoraReadOasis Step 2 Imagine By Diego Torres Silvestre (Creative Commons) It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen were in charge of security. They watched carefully as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game. This... Read more
Master of all Masters
ReadOasis Step 4By William Byron Forbush (Public Domain) A woman went to a job fair because she was looking for a job as a cleaning lady. At last, a funny-looking old man offered her a job. When she got to the man's house, he told her that she must... Read more
Country Music Icon: Hank Williams
ReadOasis Step 3 It was the middle of America?s Great Economic Depression. Hank Williams was just seven when his father left. The stress from World War I still burned in his father?s brain, and he committed himself into Veteran?s hospital. Hank?s mother worked. She played organ at church, and... Read more
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Johnny Cash was a man of great presence, as if born from an ancient legend that reveals the contradictions of human life. Cash died in 2003, but he gave us a vast collection of over 50 years of music. He also created his own genre, between... Read more
The Lord of the Rings
ReadOasis Step 2 The One Ring was power, and the Council had it. If a man wore it, he could control the world. But the Ring's power came from Sauron. His power -- in the ring -- would destroy you. And his power would destroy all goodness. The Council... Read more
The Talented Tyler Perry
ReadOasis Step 2 Diary of a Mad Black Woman by Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an exceptionally successful and talented playwright, screenwriter, actor, comedian, producer, and director. He is an American, but many Americans do not know who he is. Tyler Perry was born Emmit Perry Junior. During his... Read more
Slumdog Millionaire
ReadOasis Step 2 The film Slumdog Millionaire is about an 18-year-old boy from Mumbai, India. He comes from a poor part of the city. And he wins a large cash prize on a TV game show. But after he wins, he is arrested by the police. The police think... Read more
The Sweet Soup
ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there was a poor -- but very good little girl. She lived alone with her mother. And when this story begins, they had nothing in the house to eat. And they felt very hungry.  So, the child went out into the forest.... Read more
The Most Famous Not a Protest Song (Step 5)
ReadOasis Step 5 Protest songs speak out against problems in society. We can hear protest songs at pivotal moments of activism in western history, during the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, labor, and environmental movements. Protest singers have also sung about slave emancipation and women's suffrage. Of the many protest... Read more
Alse Young, a Witch?
ReadOasis Step 2 John William Waterhouse - Magic Circle Most people do not know the name Alse Young. She lived in America between 1600 and 1657. At the time, America was still a part of Britain. But the life and death of Alse Young have an important historical meaning.... Read more
Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Tom Sawyer gets in and out of trouble all the time. But he has a good heart, and he slowly grows to become a leader among his friends. His leadership ability was always there; it was just hidden in his playful heart and free spirit. The... Read more
Poor Anne
By A. A. MilneReadOasis Step 3 At birth, she was given the beautiful name Anne Lavender. So, her full name was Anne Lavender Lavender. This was an idea of Mr. Lavender's. He was very proud of his family. And it troubled him to think about his daughter?s future marriage.... Read more