When I saw this I knew Sprite would flip for this bible. She loves her big sisters Faithgirlz bible and Ishine pocket bible but this is so sparkly, and perfect for a girl who is all about the glitter and sparkle. But there is more to this book then sparkles and glitter. This book is the bible in a language children will understand the International Children's Bible. Sprite loves the maps in the back she thinks it is real important to see where Jesus lived (she told my mom and sister). She has had me read from this on many occasions and loves taking it to church with her on Sundays. Actually it is in her princess backpack and goes with us everywhere. She loves telling people Jesus makes sparkle bibles for us girls. The bible is just like a mommy and daddies just made for Children. This would be a wonderful gift for any girl getting ready for Baptism. I wish they had a Catholic version but we love this and I'm glad to have this in my girls personal library.
thanks Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this bible, it is very well loved and cherished.
From the ultra modern circles and floral fabric cover to the beautiful sequins and beads shaped into hearts and flowers, this is a sweet (albeit very girly) Bible.
The International Children's Bible has for several years now become the translation most desired by parents for their young children. This translation provides an understandable version for young children to read without compromising the integrity of God's word. The dictionary in the back makes this Bible complete. The dictionary is an indispensable tool for helping children with more difficult concepts like "blasphemy" (saying things against God) and "hell" (the home of the devil). The dictionary is in a nice sized font that's easy to read. There are also maps: Abraham's Journey, The Desert Wanderings, Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem and Palestine in Jesus' Life. A couple of bonus features includes a Where Do I Find It? section, God's Promises About. . . (topical) and Memory Verses for My Life.
All in all, this is a very complete Bible for any child, however, here is what I think it's missing. 1) It would be great if this Bible had a few pictures so children have a visual for important events in Bible history. 2) It would also be nice to include a table of contents for easy look up, or, even better, tabs distinguishing the books fo the Bible. 4) I think the text font is a little too small for the targeted age of this Bible. It would be nice to have it the same size as the dictionary in the back. 5) Although the cover is delightful to the eye, it is a bit flimsy and a little to easy to bend out of shape. It doesn't have the feel of a Bible that is made to last. Children get excited about things that are fun and look exciting and anything that gets them excited to open up God's word is a good thing! Having said all of that, I still think this Bible would be a great gift for a young girl. Most children probably wouldn't carry this style of Bible for too many years anyway, so, definitely make it a fun purchase with plans to upgrade after a few years.
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My daughter, almost eight, was thrilled to receive this bible. She was quite drawn to the sparkly sequins and bright pink colors on the cover. She immediately opened the gift box with its clear cover, and simply ran her hand over the shiny beaded hearts and flowers. She held her new bible up in the light, shifting it back and forth so the glittered cover could shimmer.
When I finally had a chance to examine the bible for myself, I was pleased with the translation: International Children's Bible (ICB). It is not a watered-down version or 'story-telling' translation. I believe it will be a bible that she can read now, understanding the language and translation, and carry those words with her for a lifetime.
My daughter is loving her 'grown-up' bible, and I am loving her enthusiasm to read the Word. This bible would make an excellent gift for any girl and any occasion.
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We just got the Sequin Bible from Thomas Nelson for reviewing it, and we are big fans!
First off, it's really pretty! Especially to a tween who is into everything glitter and sequins. Wasn't all that sure I was going to be as big of a fan as she was looking just at the official cover pic, but it really does look nice in person.
It's listed as paperback on one of the sites I looked at, but it's actually softcover... sturdier than just paper... and the base material is covered entirely with fabric in one solid piece.
It's also well built. I messed with it a bit testing it while kiddo was out of the room. The glitter is very securely attached... I couldn't get any to come off, which says a lot for anything glittery. The sequins and beads are stitched to some sort of backing, which is firmly attached to the cover. The only thing that caught or was even slightly loose at all was a few of the bead areas at the tip of the flower when it happened that the space between stitches was right by the end. Even that I don't think would be likely to catch of anything or get pulled off without some strong deliberate effort on your child's part.
The contents itself is International Children's Bible (ICB). This was actually one of the biggest points to me, as when I was looking for a new Bible for my then 8 year old for Christmas last year, she had no tolerance for the younger aimed children's versions, but most of the ones that she liked were aimed for girls a few years older and mostly used NIV. Not the worst thing, but it was still a bit above her current level.
The Sequin Bible also avoids one of the other issues with the ones aimed at young teens, as it doesn't have much in the way of additional non-verse content to have concerns over it having topics like dating that are still a bit in the future for her.
No pictures either. It does have a helpful section in the back that has a dictionary, a sort of an index of various common Bible stories and where to find them, a couple of pages of maps, a section of God's promises, and a neat section of memory verses for my life which has a lot of good verses on things that apply to tweens generally like friendship and honesty. The latter two consist of direct verses, not article style editorial content.
The book also goes with a good physical style for older kids. It's about the same size as my main adult Bible, and uses print that's fairly easy to read. Not overly small like some of the adult ones, but not overly huge like some of the ones aimed at younger kids either. Pages are thin, but not so thin as to be hard for kids to use without ripping.
If I were to change anything at all, it would be to make the pages thicker to be easier on kids turning them not always as gentle as they should be, and to have tabs or notches for the books already built in to make it faster for kids to find the right place. But really, we can totally deal with both of those.
I was really impressed. As sort of silly as a sequin Bible sounded to me at first, my 9 year old loves it, and it really does seem to be a well done book for girls and tweens.