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
Gandhi: Promoter of Peace (Step 3)
BeeOasis Step 3 Mohandas Gandhi is known as the father of India. He was a politician, patriot, philosopher, and religious leader. In Gandhi’s time, the British had ruled India for about 190 years. And many Indians suffered under the British. The British did not give Indians equal status. And... Read more
Try, Try Again Tamerlane
BeeOasis Step 3 There was once a famous ruler named Tamerlane. He ruled over the land, which today we call Persia. Tamerlane wanted to become the master of the whole world, just like Alexander the Great. Because of his ambition, Tamerlane raised up a great army. He made war... 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
The Paddle Boat
BeeOasis Step 3 A long time ago, two boys went fishing in a small river. They were in a heavy boat with a flat bottom. Each boy had a long, fishing rod in his hands. They sat in the boat, eagerly waiting for the fish to bite. When they... Read more
Indian Princess (Step 1)
BeeOasis Step 1 (Part 1) John watched the river. The water was green and blue and full of fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and the long, green grass. They were moving slowly in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful place. But suddenly, John heard... Read more
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
BeeOasis Step 2 Stephen Hawking is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. (A physicist studies the relationship between matter and energy in space and time.) Hawking has written many science books for non-scientists. His most famous book is called “A Brief History of Time.” It has sold over... Read more
How a Prince Learned to Read
BeeOasis Step 1 (Part 1) A thousand years ago, boys and girls did not learn to read. Books were very hard to find, and only a few men could read them. Each book was written with a pen or a brush. The pictures were painted by hand, and some... Read more
Walt Disney’s Impossible Dream
BeeOasis Step 2 In 1934, Walt Disney began plans to make a movie. He wanted to create the first full-length animated film. But when people heard about his idea, they said it was a mistake. They thought it would destroy the Disney studio. Even Disney’s brother and wife tried... Read more
Captain Cousteau
BeeOasis Step 3 Jacques Cousteau (June 11, 1910 – June 25, 1997) studied the sea and all forms of life in the water. He was a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, photographer, author, and film producer. “Captain Cousteau,” as people called him, became widely known because of his many... Read more
The Shepherd Painter Boy
BeeOasis Step 2 One day a man was walking through the countryside near Florence, Italy. In this part of Italy, there were many sheep. They could be seen in all the fields. Near the top of a hill, the man saw a little boy. He was lying on the... Read more
Yoshitoshi, Master of Block Prints
BeeOasis Step 2 In Japan, there is a special kind of painting called “ukiyo-e.” The word literally means “pictures of the floating world.” Ukiyo-e are woodblock prints. This form of art is widely known through the paintings of Hokusai, especially his famous “Great Wave.” Many ukiyo-e artists left their... Read more
The Landlord’s Mistake
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When John Adams was President of the United States, and Thomas Jefferson was Vice President, there was not one railroad in all the world. People did not travel very much. There were no broad, smooth highways as there are now. The roads were crooked... Read more
Henri Rousseau, Artist
BeeOasis Step 2 Henri Rousseau was born on May 21, 1844. He was a famous French painter. At first, he worked as a government official. But he retired in 1893 so he could focus on painting. He created bold and colorful paintings. His paintings showed imaginative dreams and unusual... Read more
The Hunted King
BeeOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a man in Scotland named Robert the Bruce. He was the rightful king of Scotland. He had fought a battle with his enemies, the English. His little army had been beaten and scattered. Many of his best friends had been... Read more
The Adventures of a Folk Singer
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) “I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.” – Bob Dylan It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags and his guitar.  He was crossing 1,900 kilometers to New... Read more
Alexander and the Great Horse
By James Baldwin BeeOasis Step 2 Philip was the king of Macedon, a kingdom in ancient Greece. During his life, he had seven wives and seven children. His most famous son was called Alexander. Alexander studied with the philosopher Aristotle. And by the time he was thirty, Alexander created... Read more
One Lone Choice
BeeOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a young boy named George Washington. He had two older brothers. They were all very close. George often talked to his brothers about his dreams. “I would like to be a sailor,” George said. “Then I could go to many... Read more
The Death of Sir Philip
Retold By James Baldwin BeeOasis Step 3 A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered the blood of dead and dying men. The air was so hot that it was hard to breathe, and the sun shone down without pity on the wounded soldiers who were lying... Read more
Horatius at the Bridge
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a war between the Roman people and the Etruscans. The Etruscans lived in the towns on the other side of the Tiber River. Porsena was the King of the Etruscans. He raised a great army, and they marched toward Rome. The... Read more