I bought three of these for my children (aged 8, 7 and 5) so we were all reading from the same version. My children love them and so do I! The language is identical to my NKJV, so this hasn't been simplified. We all love the extras included as well, such as information about the Bible, building character from Proverbs, reading plans, glossaries, prayer journal, and more.
The title is deceiving, "Early Readers Bible" - its not a Bible for a young child. First, its a full translation, not a paraphrase. Secondly, its a complete study Bible containing a concordance, Bible dictionary, two time lines (one demonstrating the chronological narrative, and one comparing major Biblical events to secular history). There are lots and lots of maps (to go with each narrative in Scripture), as well as charts through out. The beginning breaks down the books into categories, and gives a detailed description of those categories. There is a topical table of contents (not an index - its in the front!), as well as notes on how to study Scripture. There are several reading plans.
The study pages are on a thick, glossy paper printed in two tone (burgundy-mauve; black-gray). These pages have illustrations such as the items in the tabernacle, the priest's clothes, or illustrated time lines of that Bible book. They also contain maps specific to that book, or charts that compare prophecy to fulfillment. There are even small quizzes from the reading plans.
In the back, there are full colored maps of both Old Testament and New Testament happenings and travel, as well as notes to the significance of the areas.
The beginning of the Bible has a place for the child's name, a Roman's Road walk through Scripture as a tract for salvation, a decision page and a certificate of baptism. There are note pages through out, but a "favorite verse" page in the front.
The beginning also has a description of God's Word with verses that support why its useful for studying, memorizing, building each other up (its perfect, its God's Word, its inerrant, etc.). There is a description of how our Bible came to be and how God has protected His Word over thousands of years.
This is the Bible recommended to us from a friend who is an elementary education professor at a Bible college. We were not disappointed. I am a homeschool mom and my husband is a state side missionary working with churches specifically in children's and youth ministry. This is my new Bible for teaching (both home and mid-week children's program) and our children's "graduate" Bible (meaning, after a child has learned to read, and read straight through a paraphrase story Bible, this is their Big Bible).