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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
Animal Lessons
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) After a hot day, just before dark, a Florida woman is walking her dog near a small river. The dog is big, weighing 80 pounds (about 36 kilograms). But something bad is about to happen that the dog and woman do not expect. From... Read more
The Rabbit and the Turtle
ReadOasis Step 2 One day, a Rabbit was talking to a Turtle. The Rabbit said, "Turtle, Turtle, you are so slow. I feel so sorry for anyone who moves as slow as you!" "You feel sorry for me?" said the Turtle. "Then why don't we run a race to... Read more
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By Beatrix Potter Retold at ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there were four little Rabbits. Their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. They lived with their mother under the ground by the root of a big tree. "Now, my dears," said the mother Rabbit one morning.... Read more
The Dog and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 One warm day a Dog lay down under a tree in a field. The wind blew softly and made the tall grass whisper. The light sparkled and danced on the leaves of the tree. And soon the Dog was fast asleep. He slept peacefully in the... Read more
Three Goats Named Bruse
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Three goats once lived together on a mountain, and they were all named Bruse. It was hard for them to find enough to eat, for there was only a little grass growing between the cracks of the rocks. "Look at that fine green field... Read more
An Eyewitness
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, "The Story of an Eyewitness." Never... 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 Lion and the Fox (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the forest. And all the animals feared him. He ran to the top of gray, rocky mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the snow fall. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon... Read more
Mercury and the Logger (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Aesop Illustration by Milo Winter A Logger* was cutting a tree on the bank of a river. As he swung his axe, it bounced off the tree. The tool flew out of his hands and fell into the water. He stood by the water's edge... Read more
The Boarded Window
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Editor?s note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio, there lay a huge, almost endless, forest. The area... 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
One Thousand Dollars
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman. His voice was severe and serious. "And here is the money.? Young Gill touched the thin package of fifty-dollar bills and laughed. "It's such a strange amount," he explained to the lawyer. His face... 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 Luck of Roaring Camp
By Bret Harte ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp. They stopped there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many... 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 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