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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yesterday's Classics

"One more chapter."
"That one was short."
"We promise we will get up in the morning."

This is only a few of the things my kids beg of me every night when we have a good book. Almost every evening I read to my family before bed. If we have a good book we can spend hours laying around the living room enjoying our time. So you can imagine every one's excitement when I told them we were reviewing Yesterday's Classics, a group of 225 ebooks. We have enjoyed these books so much that my husband bought me a Kindle.

Yesterday's Classics republish books for children from the golden age of children's literature, 1880-1920. Several of the books have been out of print for a long time and are hard to find. If the original book contained illustrations they are included exactly as they were in the original unless the image color was too low to reproduce then they are included in black and white. All of the titles are available in paperback or Kindle and EPUB downloads with new titles published regularly. They offer books from 22 genres and include several civilizations in their history selection.

Why read Yesterday's Classics? Because the title selections:
  • Incorporate text of high literary quality
  • Use story to engage the reader
  • Cultivate the moral imagination
  • Awaken an interest in the out of doors
  • Furnish heroes worthy of emulation
  • Stimulate powers of observation
I received a the Kindle download version that contains 225 ebooks. They each include the original illustrations and a table of contents to help navigate through the chapters. There are no download restrictions so you can put your books on as many devices as you own. We have only had our Kindle for a couple of days so we had been reading them on my computer using the Kindle App for PC, there is also an PC App Available for the EPUB format. This worked well, the programs were very easy to use and the books showed up beautifully.

I also received a list of books arranged by level, genre, author, and title. It includes a picture of the cover and a brief description of the book. There is a Guide to Ereader Devices and Software so you can familiarize yourself with the many places you can read the books. If you are new to ebooks you will benefit from the Guide to Downloading and Transferring Them to Ereader Devices.

Yesterday's Classics have wonderful customer service. If you ask for the wrong format for your download they will be happy to send you the correct one. If you have several different types of Ereaders you can have both the Kindle and the EPUB downloads with no additional charge.

Here is a list of the books I have read aloud to my family since receiving our collection in March. This is the way they appear in the book list provided with Yesterday's Classics.
This has been my family's favorite so far.

My girls love the twin stories written by Lucy Fitch Perkins. We reviewed The American Twins of the Revolution earlier in the year and my girls have wanted to read more books from her, they were very delighted that Yesterday's Classics contains 4 more twin titles. Here are the books my girls are currently reading.

The Dutch Twins free sample.

We love reading great stories but there are also many books in this collection that we can use for school in the future. If you use Ambleside Online, Living Books Curriculum, or Pageant of History there is a book list for each one according to subject or year at the Yesterday's Classics website.

All of the book titles are available to purchase in paper back form directly from Yesterday's Classics and right now they are offering free shipping when you purchase 4 or more books. From now until May 31 the entire collection of 225 ebooks can be purchased for just $99.00 in the Kindle or EPUB format, the original price is $149.95. This is a great way to fill your home library with wonderful books.


"I love reading books and I think I like the older books a lot better than some of the newer books that we get at the library."
~Amber, age 10.

Sail on over and see what other TOS Crew members thought about Yesterday's Classics. 
As a member of TOS Crew I received all 225 ebooks from Yesterday's Classics to use with my children in exchange for my review.

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