Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yesterday’s Classics ~ A Review

If you use living books in your homeschool, you have probably heard of Yesterday’s Classics.  In fact, I have quite a few Yesterday’s Classics paperbacks on my shelves right now.  


This quote from the Yesterday’s Classics website provides an apt description of this company:

Yesterday's Classics is your headquarters for the best classic literature for children. We republish classic books for children from the golden age of children's literature, the era from 1880 to 1920. Many of the titles we offer have been out of print for decades and so have been hard to find.

As a reviewer for The TOS Homeschool Crew, I recently received an amazing opportunity to review a 225 ebook package {Kindle or Epub format} offered by Yesterday’s Classics.


I have to admit, I always thought that I would never be tempted to forego paperbacks in exchange for an ebook.  In fact, before this review opportunity presented itself, I did not own an e-reader.  But when I saw the book titles that were included in the Yesterday’s Classics ebook list, I decided I had to at least check this product out. 

This enormous Yesterday’s Classics e-book package contains books from 22 different genres of literature.  It includes classic history titles like:

  • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
  • This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall
  • Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey
  • Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
  • Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall

living science titles like:

  • The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess
  • Among the Forest People by Clara Dillingham Pearson
  • The Storybook of Science by Jean Henri Fabre
  • Plant Life in Field and Garden by Arabella Buckley
  • Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty

classic children’s titles including:

  • A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  • Tanglewood Tales, Illustrated Edition
  • The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

and many, many more…Many of these titles have been on my wishlist for a long, long time. 

The ebooks in this package appear exactly as they do in book form, illustrations and all. 

This package was a snap to download onto my Kindle.  Once I downloaded the product from the link sent by Yesterday’s Classics onto my computer, I was able to transfer all 225 books to my Kindle in less than an hour…and I was a brand new Kindle owner :).

My Thoughts 

I absolutely love this product!  My bookshelves are already overflowing with books, and with this product I now have access to 200+ excellent books without having to find space for them on my overstuffed shelves :).

One of my most favorite things about this ebook package is how easy it is for me to tote from one place to another.  As long as I remember to bring my Kindle with me, my kiddos and I are never again going to be without a read-aloud. 

Being baseball season, my two younger kiddos and I have found ourselves spending many hours waiting in the van {when it’s cold or rainy} while ds9 is at practice…and the Kindle version of this package has saved the day by providing me with a huge selection of quality read-alouds to choose from.

I have also found many selections that are a perfect fit for our current history and science homeschool studies.  Pulling out my Kindle and pulling up the proper book file is definitely a lot easier, not to mention faster, than searching my bookshelves for the book :).

More Information

You can view a full listing of all of the books included in this amazing package here

When you purchase Yesterday’s Classics Ebook Package you have the option of choosing whether you want the 225 titles to be in either Kindle or Epub format. 

You do not need an e-reader to be able to take advantage of this package.  The files in this package can viewed on your computer, laptop, netbook, smart phone, or tablet {you may need to download an app or e-reader software}.  Yesterday’s Classics provides a full explanation of e-reader software in their “Guide to to E-reader Devices and Software” {scroll down the page on this link to view this section.}

This amazing assortment of classic books in ebook form is only $99.95 through May 31st, 2011!  If you were to buy the paper copy of all of these books you would pay almost $2500.00!   

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I received this product for free in order to provide my honest and unbiased opinion of Yesterday’s Classics ebook collection.  I did not receive any additional compensation for my review.



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