Educator Classic Library

This tremendous series of annotated classics was published by Children's Press, Classic Press, and Classic Publications between 1968 and 1970. These are slim 8 x 11" hardcovers with pretty pictorial covers. Most are unabridged.

Each book is illustrated in a different style and each page has nice wide margins, which include drawings and definitions very helpful for understanding the times and places in which these great novels are set. For example, Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates includes illustrations of the plants, animals, and Dutch places and artifacts mentioned in the text as well as helpful definitions of such terms as 'discretion is the better part of valor,' gall, harangue, poor-boxes, Fortunatus, burgomaster, and more.

Also included in each book is a nice "Afterward," which serves as a brief, interesting biography of the author's life.

Nice copies of these books would make a fine addition to a homeschooling library. (One lesser feature that I really do like is their slim lines. They take up comparatively little of our very valuable shelf space!)

My title above is a bit misleading. I think only twelve of these were ever issued, as numbered volumes, in the Educator Classic Library, but since the series itself has no title, as far as I know, this one will have to do here!

Production quality does vary significantly. Some printings used paper over boards for covers and cheaper paper inside. Many of the "Educator Classic Library" volumes that you will find will have significantly yellowed pages too.

For best quality--cloth covers, good sewn bindings,and bright pages--I suggest looking for the Children's Press logo at the base of the spine.

I can't say for sure that this list is complete, but I encourage you to pick up and browse through a title when the opportunity arises. If you enjoy the classics, I think that you will be pleased!

Most of these are unabridged, but titles marked with * are selected, abridged, or edited. (In the cases of The Arabian Nights and Gulliver's Travels, there are some sexual references in the original, unabridged works.)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, illustrated by Al Davidson [1969]

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan [1969]

Andersen's Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan [1969]

*Arabian Nights, selected and edited by Andrew Lang, illustrated by William Dempster [1968]

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, illustrated by Don Irwin [1969]

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin [1969]

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, illustrated by Michael Rios [1969]

The Book of King Arthur by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Ron King [1969]

The Call of the Wild by Jack London, illustrated by Ron King [1968]

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kiping, illustrated by Dick Cole [1970]

Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

The Gold Bug and Other Tales of Mystery by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Al Davidson [1970]

*Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Don Irwin, edited[1970]

Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge, illustrated by Dennis Dierks [1969]

The Heroes by Charles Kingsley, illustrated by Ron King [1968]

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by William Dempster [1968]

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin [1969]

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

Paul Bunyan, illustrated by William Dempster [1968]

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, translated by Joseph Walker, illustrated by William Dempster [1968]

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, illustrated by Dunbracco Dempster [1969]

The Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Wayne Brown [1969]

*Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, edited by W. G. H. Kingston, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, illustrated by Dick Cole [1969]

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton, illustrated by the author and Al Davidson [1969]

The Virginian by Owen Wister, illustrated by Don Irwin [1968]

White Fang by Jack London, illustrated by Dick Cole [1969]

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Brigitte Bryan [1969]

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Whole Story Classics (in print). These are comparable, but with color pictures. There is somewhat more attention to history and science and somewhat less attention to difficult vocabulary.

Current titles include the following:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Call of the Wild
A Christmas Carol
Jungle Book
Little Women
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Treasure Island
White Fang