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
The Lion and the Fox (Step 1)
BeeOasis Step 1 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the world. And all living things feared him. He ran to the top of mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the clouds change colors. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon the... Read more
Jack and the Beanstalk
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Jack was a lazy boy who would not work to help his widowed mother. At last they both became very poor, and the old woman had to sell her only cow. With the money, they could buy food and stay alive. She sent Jack... Read more
Peter Bull
By Andrew Lang BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a poor farmer who lived in Denmark. He and his wife owned a very good farm, but they had no children. They were often sad because they had no one to give their possessions to when they died.... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
From More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt BeeOasis Step 4 One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den, and let me live... Read more
The Princess and the Pea
By Hans Christian Andersen BeeOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a prince. He wanted to marry a princess, but only a real one. He travelled all over the world to find her, but with no success. He met many a princess, but it was difficult to... 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
The Snake and the Rope (Step 4)
BeeOasis Step 4 Once upon a time, a Blind Man and a Man who could see were traveling together. When it came night, they rode into a meadow, dismounted, and lay down to sleep until morning. Before dawn, as they were about to start on their way again, the... 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
The Monkeys and the Moon
From Fables from Afar By Catherine T. Bryce BeeOasis Step 2 One night a little monkey went to a well to get a drink. As he bent over, he saw the moon shining on the water. In great fear he ran to the other monkeys. “My friends,” he cried,... Read more
Talking Dog for Sale
BeeOasis Step 1 One day a man named Joe was walking down the street. As he walked, he saw a strange sign in front of a house. The sign said, “Talking Dog for Sale.” “A talking dog! I’ve got to see this,” said Joe to himself. He walked over... Read more
The Story of Theseus
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, at the foot of a very high mountain there lived a little boy. His name was Theseus. Theseus was from an important family. His father was the king, and his grandfather was a brave and wise leader in the country. Theseus... Read more
William Tell and His Son
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Switzerland is a beautiful country of mountains, rivers, and lakes. About 100 of its mountains stand around 1,000 meters tall. Over 1,500 of its lakes hold great treasures of fresh water, and the rivers of Switzerland flow to the north, south, east, and west... Read more
The Cunning Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt BeeOasis 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
The Elephant and the Dog
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt BeeOasis Step 2 Once upon a time a Dog used to go into the stable where the king’s Elephant lived. At first the Dog went there to get the food that was left after the Elephant had finished eating. Day after day... Read more
Bluebeard’s Castle
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. Many years ago there was a rich man with a blue beard. He was ugly and had no wife. Actually, he had had many wives, but strangely, they all had... Read more
Clever Maria
By Andrew Lang BeeOasis 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
For Want of a Nail
BeeOasis Step 3 It was a cloudy and rainy day. Men sat high up on horses, riding through the stone streets around the king’s castle. The metal sound of the horseshoes bounced off the walls of old buildings. At the end of the street, a metal worker was putting... Read more
The Boy and the Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang Retold by Jenna Schmalz BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time an Indian hunter decided to journey far away from all his tribe. He wanted to build himself a hut in the middle of a great forest. Since his heart was warm and kind,... Read more