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The Crow and the Glass
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 It was high noon. The sun burned bright and hot in the sky. The ground was baked and dry. In the burning heat, a Crow was standing on the hard ground. He tried to move his wings, but he could not fly. In fact,... Read more
Athenaise
By Kate ChopinReadOasis Step 3(Part 1) Athenaise went away one morning to visit her parents, ten miles back on the Bon Dieu River in Louisiana. She did not return in the evening, and Cazeau, her husband, was worried. Cazeau expressed his worries to his servant, F icité, who served him... Read more
The Last Leaf
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Nephelim Many artists lived in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. Johnsy's real name was Joanna. In November,... Read more
The Gift of the Magi
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. These pennies were saved one and two at a time. To save this money, she had to fight with the vegetable man, the meat man,... Read more
The General and the Fox
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a Greek general named Aristomenes. As a military leader, he was brave and wise. All the Greeks loved him. One day, there was a big battle with the Spartans. Aristomenes had a great army. But they were defeated. The Spartans took Aristomenes. And... Read more
The Stolen Letter
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One evening in 1845, I went to visit a friend. His name was August Dupin. It was autumn, and we were in Paris. We were smoking our pipes and talking. Suddenly, the door opened. Mr. German came into the room.... Read more
Feathertop
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The long cold winter was gone at last. At first, the cold nights went away slowly. Then suddenly, the warm days of spring started to come. There was new life again in the earth. Things started to grow and come up.... Read more
Bartleby
By Herman Melville ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who... Read more
A Pair of Silk Stockings
By Kate Chopin ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Little Missus Sommers one day found herself the unexpected owner of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. The way it filled up her worn money holder gave her a feeling of importance that she had... Read more
The Californian’s Tale
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called "The Stand". The Stand was like Heaven on Earth.... Read more
The Lady in Black
By Eleanor H. Porter ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The house was very still. In the little room over the porch, the Lady in Black sat alone. Near her, a child?s white dress lay across a chair. On the floor at her feet lay a tiny pair of shoes.... Read more
The Foolish Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 Creative Commons Photo by by shannonkringen A Lion came proudly out from his cave one day, looking north, west, south, and east. He saw a Buffalo and went to kill him. The Lion ate all of the Buffalo meat... Read more
The Girl Monkey and the Pearls
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Pearls by Saucy Salad (Creative Commons) One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake... Read more
Rappaccini’s Daughter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy. He rented a small room on the top floor of a dark, ancient palace. Long ago, the building had belonged to a... Read more
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 3)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was fertile. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
The Stolen Plow
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Thomas Hart Benton's Plowing It Under At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town nearby. One day the village trader took... 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
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
Clever Maria
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There was once a trader who lived close to the royal palace. His wife had died, but he had three daughters. Maria, the youngest daughter, was the prettiest of the three. One day the king sent a message to the trader.... Read more
The Cunning Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, the people in a certain town went out into the woods for a holiday. They took baskets full of good things to eat. But when midday came they ate all the meat they had brought... Read more