Wednesday, May 4, 2011

TOS Review: Yesterday's Classics

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be—
I had a mother who read to me.
—Strickland Gillilan

Let me ask: Are there any homeschooling parents who are not also, at least somewhat, book-a-holics? Addicted to reading, and collecting, books? But then we are always faced with having enough shelf space for all the books we want, or need, to have! Frankly, I was raised in a book-collecting family! ;)

I am so excited to tell you about this collection of 225 ebooks!! They are available for your ereader, whether it is a Kindle, or a Nook, or a Sony Reader, or even an iPad or iPhone. They can also be used with Kindle for PC or Nook for PC, which is the route I had to go with....for now. But it is great to think about the fact that, if sometime in the near (I hope) future, I am able to get a Kindle or Nook of my own, I will have this collection that I can later transfer to my ereader.

The books in the Yesterday's Classics collection were originally published between 1880 and 1920, "the golden age of children's literature." The following genres are covered, with number of titles in each genre:

Some titles are listed under more than one genre. Many of these books are used in various classic, living-books curricula, such as Ambleside Online, Living Books Curriculum, Pageant of History, Heart of Dakota or Tapestry of Grace. I was also happy to see that a few of these titles will work for use in the Where the Brook and River Meet unit study, which I've had difficulty finding at the library.

On Yesterday's Classics website, you can find the books listed by subject, author, or alphabetically by title. Yesterday's Classics also sells individual print copies of these books.

While I don't really see us using books about fairy tales, fables or legends, I can totally see us using the books about nature, and history. In fact, we are currently reading books about David Livingstone and H. M. Stanley to magnify our study of Africa during our journey Around the World in 180 Days.

The Yesterday's Classics collection contains books for all age levels, preschool through high school, with a majority of them for the elementary to middle school age.

While I find great pleasure in holding a physical book in my hands, and turning paper pages as I read, I'm learning to see the value of ebooks. I can carry a whole collection with me to have at my fingertips while sitting in the waiting room while Little Bit is in therapy. Or we can carry a whole collection with us while traveling, on vacation, and not take up tons of space in the suitcase!

You are welcome to try out one of the ebooks for free. Go here, then scroll down a ways till you see the blue buttons, to download your free copy of The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins, in either Kindle or EPub format.

Normally this collection is priced at $149.95, but from now through May 31, 2011, you can purchase them for $99.95. Yes, that's 225 ebooks, for less than 50 cents each! If you are unsure which format you need, well, purchase one....and if you discover you need the other format, just email them and they will provide you with a link to the other format download! Also, there is a 100% risk free guarantee!!

These books are without Digital Rights Management, or any other restrictions. This means you can put this collection on as many devices as you own. Also, if you so choose, you can print any of them if you desire to do so. It truly is a lovely collection! Be sure to check it out for yourself!

Contact information:

Lisa M. Ripperton
Yesterday's Classics
PO Box 3418
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Phone: 919-357-8824
9 AM to 5 PM EST Monday through Friday

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  1. Beautiful review - I seem to forget to put detailed company information in my post - instead just putting links. I think I should add that to my review checkoff sheet . . . . Thanks for a great review!

  2. Thanks for coming by and visiting my website! Loved your review; hoping you can get an eReader soon!



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