The Ugly Duckling (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
A Giant of Business (Step 2)
By Tek Smith BeeOasis Step 2 Black liquid flew out of the ground and towards the sky. It was oil, black gold. And it had the power to light up homes. It had the power to run the engine of the American economy. It had the power to make... Read more
Fred Astaire, Dancer Extraordinaire
BeeOasis Step 2 If you watch Fred Astaire dance, you will be amazed at his grace. He seems so relaxed, like his feet are dancing on air. He makes genius look effortless. But like all great dancers, Astaire practiced his routines for hours and hours. He was a hard-working... Read more
Mt. Fuji: Symbol of Japan
BeeOasis Step 2 Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It stands at 3,776 meters (12,389 ft). The mountain rests just west of Tokyo, and on a clear day, you can see it from the city. Mount Fuji has an even and round shape, and it is a... Read more
Expressing Thanks
Dr. Randall Short BeeOasis Step 2 What do you mean when you say “thank you”? What are you thinking and feeling when you thank someone for something? Think about times you said “thank you” recently, and consider your non-verbal language – your eyes, your smile, your voice, the way... Read more
Jesse James: Robber or Robin Hood?
BeeOasis Step 2 It was just past noon on December 7, 1869. Two brothers walked into a bank in Gallatin, Missouri. Their names were Frank and Jesse James. One of them, maybe Jesse, walked up to the bank clerk and asked to exchange a $100 bill. The bank clerk... Read more
The Rules of Elite Success
The computer sat in a funny little room at the Lakeside School in Seattle. It was a gift from the Mother’s Club. Costing $3,000, it was expensive at the time. But the mothers wanted the students to have a computer so they could have a computer club. At the... Read more
Born a Businessman
BeeOasis Step 2 In 1966, Richard was 16 years old. He was a student, but he didn’t like the way he was taught in school. He wanted to change his world, and he was going to do something about it. He decided to create a magazine that was for... Read more
The Boy who Became Buddha
BeeOasis Step 2 He was born in 1935 — in a poor farmer’s home in northeast Tibet. At age 2, he was recognized as the 14th Buddha of Compassion. Buddha’s soul had again appeared in a child. And this boy was the Buddha. He was taken to a palace... Read more
Meaning to Live (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 Part 1 Viktor had just married Tilly. She was the love of his life. He was a young doctor in Vienna, Austria. And Viktor and Tilly should have expected a bright future together. But Nazi Germany was in control of Austria, and Viktor and Tilly were... Read more
Babe: A Good Mannered Pig
BeeOasis Step 2 Babe is a young pig who wants to become a sheep dog. He is separated from his family, and he finds himself on a strange farm. Babe becomes confused and lonely. But a friendly sheep dog takes care of him. And Babe slowly adjusts to his... Read more
The Blind Men and the Elephant (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 Part 1 Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were six blind men who stood by the roadside every day. Day after day, at the same place, they begged for food and money from the people who passed by. Always being by the road,... Read more
The King’s New Clothes
BeeOasis Step 2 Many, many years ago there lived a king. He loved new clothes so much that he spent all his money on them. His only desire was to be always well dressed. He did not care for his soldiers. The theatre did not please him. The only... Read more
Lazy Jack
From English Fairy Tales By Flora Annie Steel, 1918 Retold by BeeOasis.com at BeeOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there was a boy named Jack. He lived with his mother, and they were poor. The old woman made her living by sewing, but Jack was so lazy that... Read more
Dreams of the Moon
BeeOasis Step 2 On May 25, 1961, American President John F. Kennedy announced a big goal. He said, “I believe we should go to the moon.” His plan was this. Land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth within 10 years. The goal was... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is a writer. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s best newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But when... Read more
He’s Got the Blues (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 People of all kinds have had emotional problems. For example, Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln, and Isaac Newton all experienced trouble with the blues. That is, at times they had trouble with some form of depression. Look at the case of Newton. He was born into a broken... Read more
The Romance of a Busy Broker
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) By O. Henry (Public Domain Content Adapted from Voice of America) Pitcher, who worked in the office of Harvey Maxwell, broker, usually allowed his face to show no feeling. This morning he allowed his face to show interest and surprise when Mr. Maxwell entered.... Read more
Life as Story (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 Part 1 In the eyes of the world, Donald Miller was a big success. He had written a book about his life, Blue Like Jazz, and it became a New York Times bestseller. Movie producers approached him. They wanted to make a movie about his life.... Read more
The Best Way to Learn Language
By Joseph Poulshock, PhD BeeOasis.com What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? As a linguist, I hear this question all the time. My students are in Japan, and many of them want to learn English. So they often ask me, “What’s the best way to improve my... Read more