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The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
Russia's Last Czar, Nicholas II
This informational text details the tragic rise and fall of the last czar, or emperor, of imperial Russia: Nicholas II.
The Legend of Oedipus
The legend of Oedipus is a telling myth about the perils of testing fate.
The Ambitious Guest
Based on a true event - the Wiley tragedy of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire - this story follows a young traveler with big dreams, who stops by a family cottage in a snowy mountain pass.
A Rose for Emily
After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.
A Horseman in the Sky
A young Virginian man joins the Union Army during the American Civil War and has to make a difficult decision after falling asleep on one of his watches.
The Treasure in the Forest
Two men search for Spanish treasure, letting greed get the better of their awareness.
An ironworks manager leads his friend on an eerie tour of his company shortly after discovering a secret.
How Boots Befooled the King
A king challenges the young men of his kingdom: he who is able to fool him shall have his daughter's hand in marriage.
On a Mountain Trail
Harry Perry Robinson
A suspenseful story in which two men are chased by hungry wolves on a forest mountain trail.
Samuel Scoville, Jr.
A young Caribbean boy accompanied by his grandfather goes sponge-diving in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father—and where he faces dangers of his own.
The Man in the Well
A group of children abandon a man to die in a well in this poignant portrayal of the cruelty of children.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
In this story packed with Poe's signature brand of macabre and suspense, an unnamed narrator visits an old friend and finds a tale of horror within the decaying manor.
King Midas, “gifted” with the power to turn everything he touches into gold, learns to be careful what he wishes for.
The Million Pound Bank Note
A man gains fame and fortune simply because he is in possession of a large bank note.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
An eccentric doctor administers drinks from the Fountain of Youth to four miserable old friends.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.