Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review: Yesterday's Classics


Yesterday's Classics is a company that republishes classic children's literature from the era of the late 1800's and early 1900's. In addition, they make this literature available to you in several electronic formats. The books are formatted beautifully, and if they have illustrations, those are included as well. Books are offered individually in print or digital format or in a digital bundle.

As a part of the Homeschool Crew, I was given the opportunity to review their Kindle version of 225 classic children's books, including books in 22 different genres. Yesterday's Classics offers this bundle in both a Kindle version (which, if you don't have the Kindle, you can read on your computer with the free Kindle for PC app) as well as an EPUB version, which I know works on the ipad, Nook, Sony reader, iphone or any smart phone, or any kind of e-reader besides the Kindle. This package of 225 e-books is $99.95. Still need convincing? Go here to hear more about this product.

What we thought:

I really liked this product. There is something really enticing about introducing the kids to classic children's literature, but it can be daunting and time consuming searching the Internet for books and knowing which ones to choose. With this product, the work is done for me--Yesterday's Classics has collected 225 books in 22 genres all in one place. At first, I thought the price was a bit steep, but if you do the math, it really isn't all that expensive per book. Also, many homeschool curriculums use books that are included in this product (Heart of Dakota and Tapestry of Grace to name a couple).

The kids seemed to really enjoy the stories too. Many of the fables and fairy tales and little stories were fun for them to read. There are Christmas stories, children's poems, even early readers. Although the language was a little different than they were used to, I think it's good for them to become accustomed to different writing styles, and this is one way to do that. There are also a lot of books for older students on subjects like American History, Ancient Greece, Renaissance and the Middle Ages. So it's a pretty broad spectrum of books, and I anticipate it being a resource we can come back to for years and years.

Note: I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review.


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