Special Deal on Yesterday’s Classics

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the 225 e-book collection from Yesterday’s Classics. From history to literature to science and nature, this massive collection is full of engaging reading. With selections for your young readers to high school students, there is something for everyone in this collection. The 225 collections of books can be purchased in either epub or Kindle files; whichever format suits your needs.

Yesterday’s Classics has a holiday special running until December 31st which makes this collection available for only $49.95.  Do the math! That is a great deal.

What will you find in this selection?

  • The Struggle for Sea Power (World History)
  • The Awakening of Europe (World History)
  • Wild Animals I have Known (Nature)
  • Among the Forest People (Nature)
  • Our Island Story (British History)
  • Tales from Shakespeare
  • The Pilgrims Progress
  • Poems Every Child Should Know
  • The Story of Europe (Middle Ages)
  • Men of Iron (Middle Ages)
  • A Book of Discovery (Renaissance)
  • The Story Book of Science (Science)
  • This Country of Ours (American History)
  • English Literature for Boys and Girls (Literature)
  • In the Days of Queen Victoria (Biography)
  • And so much more…….

If you use a curriculum that utilizes living books, you will love this resource. Ambleside Online, Tapestry of Grace, Living Books Curriculum and more use many of these books as the core of their studies. If you use textbooks for learning, this is a great way to add in extra reading to broaden the depth of your studies. Enjoy!

**Please note that this is not a product review or sponsored post. Just sharing with you a resource we use and enjoy.


Costumes with Character ~ A Review

Out on the prairie with Pa……walking the streets of colonial America……strolling the grounds of Pemberly…as we read and study our way through history, my children love different time periods. Digging through the dress up box, creating looks of days gone by is a great way to bring history alive!  Or just to have fun.  Our dress up box is well used and I love watching the different scenarios that take place.

My children, however, would love for the dress up box to hang in their closets to wear every day.  Purchasing fabric and patterns for various time periods for several children can add up quickly. What a delight to have Costumes with Character come into our home and expand our historical wardrobes!

Golden Prairie Press


Costumes with Characters was written by Amy Puetz; a 2000 home school graduate. Amy was inspired by her own love of historical costumes to create a book that would take a simple dress and create a historical wardrobe for young ladies. One simple dress, either purchased at a thrift store or sewn at home, becomes the foundation that takes you from Colonial to the Turn of the Century (1900s).

Historical Costumes

Costumes  with Characters includes step by step instructions and pattern guides to create the accessories needed to use with your foundational dress. Pilgrim collar, Victorian bonnet, Romantic Era collar and more can all transport you from one time period to the next. The pattern guides are designed for the 16 year old young lady but you are also given helps in sizing down the pattern for smaller girls. For those who would prefer not to have to deal with the pattern guides (grids that must be enlarged), a Costumes with Character pattern book is available. Definitely a resource to consider!

Please note that Costumes with Character is more than just patterns and instructions! Miss Puetz has put together personal commentary along with historical quotes, small quizzes and lovely pictures from each time period. While a useful tool, it can also be a book to simple read and enjoy. A lovely supplement to any young lady studying through history.

Historical Costumes

Our Thoughts on the Book:

We were really excited to have this book added to our history studies. Everyone is looking forward to having an exciting historical wardrobe. The patterns are not too complicated and I will be letting my older girls keep their sewing skills in use by helping to outfit the younger girls in their favorite time periods.  We received a PDF copy of Costumes with Characters and I think this is a resource you are going to want to have in hard copy format. They only way to view it was on my desktop and with no color printer, printing out would not have the same appeal for the photographs and literature portion.  While the patterns are included, I think there is definitely value in buying the patterns. Enlarging the patterns and such can be time consuming.

I think the concept of using a foundational dress to build on for all the different time periods is a great way to expand the dress up box. Spending a bit more time on a quality foundational dress might be a worthy investment for someone who used period dress often. While we just made an outfit from the Young Republic Era, we are working on plans for what is next!



Costumes with Character E book: $21.95 but 20% off until September 1st for $17.56.

Costumes with Character Patterns: $15.00 but on sale for $12.00

Costumes with Character Printed: $37.00; $29.60 until September 1

Golden Prairie Press has many other items available so please take a moment to look around!  Costumes with Character and other books from Golden Prairie Press were reviewed by the Schoolhouse Crew. Please stop by the Crew Blog and see what others are saying!

 Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this ebook product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. All thoughts/opinions expressed are my own.


Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

In our home, we love to gather up and spend a bit of time singing hymns. We may just share a few from memory or pull out the hymnals and  flip through until we find one we want to sing. Hymns are such beautiful expressions of praise, thanksgiving and honor to the Lord. When we know the story behind the hymn and the hymn writer, it can bring even sweeter understanding to our singing and worship.

Christian Liberty Press

In our history studies last year, one of the suggested books for my daughter was Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation. Although only assigned to one daughter, I found it had become the favorite of others. When Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers was presented for review, I knew that it would be a delightful addition to our studies. Christian Liberty Press has produced an excellent resource in the Mr. Pipes Series!

Who is Christian Liberty Press Christian Liberty Press was started over 25 years ago to publish educational materials of the homeschool community and their own Christian school programs. Christian Liberty Press’s publishes materials that present a biblical worldview in a simple, straightforward manner. I love the simplicity and quality of all the items I have used from CLP. Their Nature Reader books are favorites in our home.

British Hymn Makers

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers:

In Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers we travel to England with Annie and Drew. These two young people from America have found themselves in a small English village preparing for a boring summer ahead. However, they happen upon Mr. Pipes; a lovely gentlemen who plays the pipe organ, loves to go fishing and loves to share a story! As you read each chapter, you share in the stories that Mr. Pipes tells about Issac Watts, Charles Wesley, Thomas Ken. and more.  Fascinating details such as that their were nineteen verses to O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing and the heart that Charles Wesley had for prisoners.

The stories on the hymn writers are not short, informational chapters. The writing is engaging and share the full story of the hymn writers and their faith. Throughout the chapters, not only are the stories of the hymn writers shared, their is also a value for traditional worship and music shared.

Christian Liberty Press recommends the Mr. Pipes books for grades 7-10.  However, we used them as a family read aloud. My children ages 6 and up all enjoyed hearing Mr. Pipes stories. Depending on the interest and abilities of your students, you can utilize Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers for a variety of grades.

For this review we had a PDF copy of Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers. This meant that I had to read from my computer which is not enjoyable for me. I, personally, would prefer a hard copy of this book. The pricing difference is minimal between the PDF and hard copy so when purchasing, it would definitely be a preference issue for which form you buy.


Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers: PDF – $8.79  Hard Copy – $9.89

You can also purchase the complete set of Mr. Pipes $38.99 (Hard copy) This includes: Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers, Mr. Pipes and the Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation, Mr. Pipes Comes to America and Accidental Voyage: Discovering Hymns of the Early Centuries.

Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is a new favorite in our home! Please stop by the Crew and read to see what others thought of Mr. Pipes.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a complimentary PDF copy of this book for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.