Classics Collections

If you've ever talked to Eli about anything, you'll know that the good folks here at Exodus are into good books. We're not just talking the classics—we're talking good volumes, quality copies of the classics that look good on a shelf even after years of use. So we are talking about the classics, but a particular presentational kind of the classics.

Fortunately, there are publishers who share the same love of attractive editions, and have made it their business to offer affordable copies to the helpless collector in all of us (some are more helpless than others). There are publishers who put more emphasis on the attractive aspect (Illustrated Junior Library, Everyman's Library), while others are more affordable (Puffin Classics), or strike a happy balance (Sterling Classics).

Puffin Classics, Everyman's Library, and Illustrated Junior Library offer mostly unabridged stories—few of the titles any of them publish have been edited, but a few have undergone weight reduction surgery to make novels like A Tale of Two Cities more manageable for children. Even in the abridgements, however, the author's style and language are retained, so kids aren't completely baffled when they encounter the originals later.

Kids can handle a lot more than we typically give them credit for, though, and we appreciate the fact that most of the books offered by these publishers are unchanged from their original state. Providing classic literature for your kids to read is one of the best ways to get them to love reading in general, and the old texts don't need to be souped up or modernized to have that effect.

Not that a little souping up hurts anything—Everyman's Library and Illustrated Junior Library offer handsome hardcover editions with beautiful full-color illustrations. These aren't just children's book illustrations of the "that's cute but whatever" variety, they're handsome paintings by the likes of N.C. Wyeth (if you aren't a fan, look him up: you will be). Sterling Classics also feature very attractive illustrations by Robert Ingpen (also fan-worthy).

It's important to get kids reading the very best literature from an early age. Great books have a way of forming the character, teaching virtue, offering a new view of the world, and providing wholesome entertainment in a way nothing else can. To have easy access to so many of them is a privilege not to be taken for granted....though we hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to stock your shelves with these excellent titles.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Jules Verne
from Grosset & Dunlap
Science Fiction for 5th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 5th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$14.95
Adam Bede
Everyman's Library
by George Eliot
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$20.40
Adam of the Road
Puffin Modern Classics
by Elizabeth Gray
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1943 Newbery Medal winner
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.79
Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sterling Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 7th-12th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$14.95
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$5.09
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Sterling Classics
by Mark Twain & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$14.95
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Children's Classics
by Mark Twain, Illustrated by Peter Fiore
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Robin Hood
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Roger Green
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$13.56
Adventures of Robin Hood
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$5.94
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$5.09
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Sterling Classics
by Mark Twain & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fables for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
$5.09
Aesop's Fables
Children's Classics
by Aesop
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
Puffin Classics
by Anonymous
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
$4.24
Alice in Wonderland
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Borders Classics
Fantasy for 2nd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 2nd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.09
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Sterling Classics
by Lewis Carroll & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 4th-6th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$9.95
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Children's Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 4th-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
$16.14
Andersen's Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Andersen's Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 3rd-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Hans Christian Anderson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales for 3rd-6th grade
Anne of Avonlea
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by L. M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of Avonlea
Sterling Classics
by L. M. Montgomery & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 5th-8th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$9.95
Anne of Avonlea
Children's Classics
by L. M. Montgomery & Stan Hunter
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of Green Gables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by L. M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of Green Gables
Sterling Classics
by L. M. Montgomery & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$9.95
Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Anne of the Island
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by L.M. Montgomery
from Grosset & Dunlap
Orphan Stories for
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Arabian Nights
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Earle Goodenow, illustrator
from Grosset & Dunlap
Eastern Fairy Tales for 4th-8th grade
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