I cannot excuse the racist elements and some of the archaic views but there are some updated/ cleaned up versions that are womderful. They are still living books in my opinion and change very little except what I wouldn't want my children reading anyway.
This website has the elsie books along with tons of other historical fiction classics with female heroines who exhibit faith and a host of other virtues. I LOVE this material and have led clubs at church. http://www.alof.com/ ALOF stands for "A Life of Faith."
For those who are skeptical about rewritings and revisions of older works, this site is worth your time to check out if you have daughters, or if you are a reader who loves a whimsical, real heroine like I do!