Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yesterday’s Classics


Being part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, you never know in advance what will be assigned to you.   This year, I had more than my share of online reviews.    I also got some pdf files as well.   I don’t mind pdf documents as it also means that I can use the document with my four kids.    But one product I didn’t know would excite me and be a blessing to our family was 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.   History, literature, biography, nature, and faith are their specialties. Dedicated to serving families that follow the classical and Charlotte Mason models of education, they republish titles long out of print in reasonably-priced high-quality paperback editions.  They carefully select for republication the best of the books first published a century ago when a Christian worldview and high standards of literary excellence were the norm.

To say the least, Yesterday's Classics is your headquarters for the best classic literature for children. They have republish classic books for children from the golden age of children's literature, the era from 1880 to 1920. Many of the titles offered have been out of print for decades and so have been hard to find. Now today’s children can enjoy these books that delighted generations of children at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Yesterday Classics not only offers the books on paperbacks but they also have the books on EPUD or KINDLE editions as well!     

I didn’t know what to expect. Literally.   I knew I had the choice between the EPUB or Kindle edition.    But when I saw the quantity of books I have received to review, I felt overwhelmed.    I discovered little gems in history books from several civilizations, including Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and Great Britain , works of classic literature include poetry and hero tales as well as a number of nature books.    Through the numerous books that I have uploaded on our iPad (EPUB edition), I have discovered some that I can have one of my sons read to me to practice his reading.   Together we were able to discover beloved characters I had read about when I was younger.    He was excited to have his own books to read on the iPad.   And to see him being able to read the story and enjoy it at the same time was precious to me.    He had worked so hard since September to be able to become more independent.   In the last month or so, we realize that he is blooming in the area of reading.   So for him to be able to take one of the Yesterday’s Classics books on the iPad and read it is a huge accomplishment.  

We also started one that is called Grammar-Land.   While reading this story, the kids get introduced to the basics rules of grammar in the English language.    I can see numerous use for these titles whether they are about science or history.    Numerous books included in this list will be a wonderful addition in our history lessons.   Others titles I am planning to use while camping will be geared more toward nature.    I am still speechless with all the good books included in this deal.   Honestly, if someone would teach based on the classic literature, that person would be blown away with the quantity of titles offered by Yesterday’s Classics.   

I also received the Kindle files which I am planning to use on a regular PC since we don’t have a Kindle device with us.   I am planning to install the Kindle software on the PC in the school room and use the books as part of our curriculum next year – especially with my 10 years old son who will be in grade 5. 

The EPUB or Kindle Files are available for the price of 99.95$.   You will  own all the Yesterday’s Classics Books (225 books) for that price!   See a list of all the books at

Note for users of the Kindle app who would be interested in purchasing this product: The Kindle Edition won’t work on the iPad/iPhone. You need to purchase the EPUB edition for this.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Yesterday’s Classics for sending me to above mentioned products in the EPUB and KINDLE editions for review purpose through the TOS Homeschool Crew. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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