HCSB Big Picture Interactive Bible: Connecting Christ Throughout God's Story, Hardcover
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This full color, fully designed Bible includes features to help kids aged 8-12 experience the Bible including call outs of key Bible stories, definitions, memory verses and more, all designed to get kids digging into and learning the Bible for life. Together kids and parents can enjoy the Christ Connections and Big Questions and Answers call outs that show God's story unfolding from the beginning of time and how we fit into his plan.
- Free downloadable app for viewing the images in an augmented reality format, as well as for listening to narration of the event
- Introductions for every book of the Bible
- Christ Connections
- Big Questions and Answers
- 100 Verses to Remember
- Call-outs of key Bible stories and themes---showing God's story unfolding from the beginning of time and how we fit into his plan
- Words of Jesus in red
- Big-Words "Dictionary"
- Presentation page
- Ribbon marker
- 9-point text size
- 9.50" x 6.25" x 1.50"
Number of Pages: 1350
Vendor: B&H Kids
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.70 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Gospel Project
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This full color, fully designed Bible includes features to help kids experience the Bible including call outs of key Bible stories, definitions, memory verses and more, all designed to get kids digging into and learning the Bible for life.
Together kids and parents can enjoy the Christ Connections and Big Questions and Answers call outs that show God's story unfolding from the beginning of time and how we fit into his plan. This meets children in the visual world they are so accustomed to, bringing Bible pages to life. Over 400,000 individual participants, 40,000 plus groups, and 7,000 plus churches have already started their journey with LifeWay's Gospel Project, making this the perfect companion for the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum.
This is part of the Big Picture brand, which includes The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook, The Big Picture of What God Has Always Wanted, and The Big Picture: Making God the Main Focus in Your Life. Augmented reality narrations by Jenna Lucado.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not as interactive as it should beMarch 21, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Another Bible for children? The publishers have designed it so that it could be your child's first Bible. It is self described as an "interactive" Bible. It is a little interactive, but not nearly as much as it claims to be. But more of that near the end of this review.
You may wonder what makes this Bible one you would be interested in so here are some of its positive characteristics.
The translation is the Holman Christian Standard which has a reading level of middle school age. While you can rely on the accuracy of the translation, it does mean that you may have to read the Bible with your younger child.
There are a number of colorful text boxes throughout the Bible. Some of them are verses to memorize. Others are important words, defined when they appear for the first time in the Bible. Some boxes help the child see the big picture, how a particular story relates to the entire Bible. There are boxes containing questions and answers, ones that children would probably ask. And there are Christ connections, showing how Jesus relates to the passage (especially in the Old Testament). There are also Parent Connection icons, informing parents of related B&H materials, such as LifeWay's Gospel Project curriculum.
There are 146 full color illustrations. The illustrations include icons that can be scanned with an Android or iOS devise making the illustration "enhanced". I was expecting more, like an animated action short but it is really just the illustration with the figures sort of coming off the page, like a pop-up book. The narration is not that exciting either.
Like other children's Bibles, there are introductions to the books of the Bible, a little topical concordance, colorful maps, helps to find well known Bible stories, and an index to the bullet notes.
The prayer of the creators of this Bible is that it would help parents, through the work of the Holy Spirit, introduce their children to Jesus. The material in the Bible is aimed at helping children see how stories point to Christ and His work.
Here are my thoughts:
This is a very colorful Bible. Many pages have an interesting box or two or more with additional information. Unfortunately, in books like 1 and 2 Chronicles, there are pages and pages of text with no colorful additions. So the interesting parts of the Bible are made more interesting while the difficult parts of the Bible, parts kids might find boring, remain rather drab.
I have one great disappointment in the Bible. The feature I anticipated the most was the interactive aspect. In the "About The Big Picture Interactive Bible" section is this statement: "Plus, QR codes throughout connect to videos featuring key Bible stories." (xiii) I went through the entire Bible, page by page, and could not find one QR code. I know the technology is available and I was sorely disappointed that, even though it claimed to be included, it was not. For children who watch YouTube videos with ease, this Bible might be a big disappointment. (Note: in the promotion material I read, this feature was never highlighted. But, it is mentioned within the Bible.)
I received a complimentary copy of this Bible through a publicity firm for the purpose of this independent and honest review.