Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yesterday's Classics Review

As we have moved forward with our homeschooling journey and our daughter has gotten older, I'm realizing the importance of having her read classic children's literature.  The major obstacle with looking for classic literature though is actually finding it.  And then once it's found, another common problem is the poor condition it may be in.

For those interested in classic children's literature, you must look into Yesterday's Classics

Yesterday's Classics republishes classic books for children in high-quality paperback editions. These books, first published in the golden age of children's literature from 1880 and 1920 and long out of print, are reprinted in modern easy-to-read type for today's readers. 

Yesterday's Classics offers over 200 titles (225 to be exact) on their website, available as EPUB files, Kindle files, or high quality paperbacks.  These 225 titles are broken down into 22 genres, which include World History, Early Civilizations, Middle Ages, Fables, Science, Faith, Poetry, and more.

It is simple to search on their site.  You can search by subject, author, or title, and they even have search options for popular curriculum, like books used with Ambleside Online, Living Books Curriculum, and Pageant of History. 

You can also find books used with Heart of Dakota (which is what we use) and Tapestry of Grace.

Some benefits of purchasing EPUB or Kindle files include:

* All illustrations from the original editions
* A Table of Contents with each book to help with navigation
* 225 books with 22 different genres
* No Digital Rights Management (use with multiple devices)
* Unlimited printing
* Email support
* Lists of books by level, genre, author, and title
* Lists of books with descriptions and thumbnails

My Thoughts:  Since I do not have a Kindle, I received the EPUB format of all 225 titles to review.  They were very easy to download and place on my iPad.  My daughter and I are currently reading a few titles, one which is Grammarland.  If you are not familiar with this book, you can search for it and get it free online, like many other classic titles.  So why would I want to pay for it?  Well, for one, there is a BIG difference in how the copies look.  The copy from Yesterday's Classics is very clean with no errors and has a clickable Table of Contents.  I have to say that the Table of Contents is my favorite part!  Most free online copies of classic books are a mess, with missing words, incorrect text, and no pictures or Table of Contents.

I recommend getting Yesterday's Classics for anyone who would like to expose their children to classic literature.  The format of the books is excellent and the price cannot be beat.  If your curriculum requires even a few of these titles, it would be worth it to purchase the package outlined below.

Find Out More:  You can find out more about Yesterday's Classics on their website.  Each book can be purchased separately in high quality paperback (prices vary). 

Now through 5/31 though, you can purchase the Yesterday's Classics Package of 225 titles in EPUB or Kindle format for only $99.95 (normally $149.95).  All purchases are backed by a 100% money back guarantee. 

My Crewmates are also reviewing Yesterday's Classics, so you can check out what they think HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.


Pebblekeeper ~ Angie

The more we have read on the iPods, the more I would love to have an iPad. ;) we have enjoyed reading these as well on these devices!

Our Homeschool Reviews

We love our iPad. It has so many uses and everyone in the family loves it! Reading these books on it is perfect for us. We can still snuggle on the couch and read. :)

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