Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sequin Bible Review
Let me start by telling you what I like about this Bible. First, the International Children’s Bible (ICB) version is very child friendly. I reviewed several types of verses and all would be easy for a child to understand. In the back of the Bible is a simple Bible dictionary. It is not, by any means, a complex dictionary but if your daughter is interested in certain characters but doesn’t know where they are in the Bible, they are listed in this dictionary and also several nouns that are throughout the Old and New Testaments (altar, apostle, fellowship, etc). There is also a section entitled, “Where Do I Find It?” that includes: Advice to Children, The Last Supper, The Ten Commandments, etc. This section simply tells the girl the Biblical reference and page number, there is no definition or explanation. The last two sections include verses that are specifically targeted towards areas such as: Doing Good, My Happiness, Salvation, Scripture Memory, etc.
As much as I liked this Bible I feel Tommy Nelson Publishing missed a huge opportunity to get girls excited about reading their Bibles. This type of Bible would be perfect if it included some heavy weight, glossy pages that had some tidbits of information about young girls in the Bible and perhaps even a devotional or two wouldn’t hurt either. It was also unclear to me what age group they were targeting with this Bible. The cover would imply any girl with good taste but the language would imply it is for a much younger girl. After doing some research online I found that this version is primarily for a high third grade level reader.
In our home we have plenty of Bibles in tons of versions. I don’t agree with giving a child a version that is too complex to understand but I also don’t think a child should have a version that doesn’t really get to the meat of scripture either. I think this Bible would be perfect for an elementary age girl but once they approach middle school and older I think a different version is needed.
Thanks to Booksneeze for the complementary copy of this Bible for reviewing purposes.