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
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 5th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$11.96
Adam Bede
Everyman's Library
by George Eliot
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Realistic Fiction for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$19.20
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)
$6.39
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)
$11.96
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$4.79
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)
$11.96
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 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)
$12.76
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)
$4.79 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$4.79
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)
$7.96
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
$3.99
Aesop's Fables
Children's Classics
by Aesop
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
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
$3.99
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 2nd-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$4.79
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)
$7.96
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Children's Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 4th-6th grade
Andersen's Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 3rd-6th grade
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)
$7.96
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
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)
$7.96
Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Arabian Nights
by Rene Bull, illustrator
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 3rd-8th grade
Around the World in Eighty Days
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$7.96
Around the World in Eighty Days
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$4.79
At the Back of the North Wind
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by George MacDonald
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tale for 4th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$13.60
At the Back of the North Wind
by George MacDonald, Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
Fairy Tale for 4th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Barnaby Rudge
Everyman's Library
by Charles Dickens
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$20.00
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell, Illustrated by Lucy Kemp-Welch
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Black Beauty
Puffin Classics
by Anna Sewell
from Puffin Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$4.79
Black Beauty
Sterling Classics
by Anna Sewell & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$7.96
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$4.79
Call of the Wild
Children's Classics
by Jack London
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
Realistic Animal Stories for 7th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
Call of the Wild & White Fang
Sterling Classics
by Jack London & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$7.96
Canterbury Tales
Puffin Classics
by Geoffrey Chaucer (retold by Geraldine McCaughrean)
from Puffin Books
Epic Poetry for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$4.79
Child's Book of Country Stories
by Ada M. Skinner and Eleanor L. Skinner, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 1st-4th grade
Child's Book of Stories
by Jessie Willcox Smith (illustrator)
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 1st-3rd grade
Child's Book of Stories from Many Lands
by Ada M. Skinner and Eleanor L. Skinner, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 1st-4th grade
Child's Christmas
by Evelyn Sharp
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 2nd-6th grade
Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for Kindergarten-6th grade
Christmas Carol
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$12.76
Christmas Carol
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$4.79
Christmas Carol
Sterling Classics
by Charles Dickens & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$7.96
Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories
by Charles Dickens
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
Cinderella
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by C. S. Evans
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 1st-4th grade
$12.76
Cinderella
by Christine Messina (editor) with illustrations by Arthur Rackham and Warwick Goble
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 1st-4th grade
Complete Mother Goose
by Ethel F. Betts
1st edition from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for Nursery-Kindergarten
in Mother Goose (Location: O5A)
Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Alexandre Dumas
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$3.99
Daddy-Long-Legs
Puffin Classics
by Jean Webster
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.99
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