The Velveteen Bible from Thomas Nelson arrived a few days before Jed's 6th Birthday. Since I ordered it around February, I totally forgot about it. I know how crappy our local postal system can get. So I was kind of not expecting to receive it altogether. But the timing cannot be more perfect.
My son loves it so much as he is now ready for a "real" Bible. This Bible is in New King James version, has Christ's words in red text and has a yearly reading plan.
I found the Velveteen Bible to be a wonderful starter Bible for a child. It comes in a matching box and the cute rabbit on the front cover of both the box and the Bible are velvet. I found the Bible to be easy to read and loved the pictures placed throughout. The Bible is in the new King James Version and is part of the Tommy Nelson line from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The small size is perfect for smaller hands and there is a dedication page which allows the child to list brothers and sisters, grandparents, parents and events.
Overall it's a great gift idea, but depending on the age of the child it may be a few years before they can read it. Its published in the same style and font as most Bibles and is a full Bible. The pictures do offer scripture on them that the child will be able to look at. I am excited to give this to my daughter as her first Bible.
A beautiful hard cover bible perfect for any child. The soft flocked cover and case of this bible makes it look and feel very special. Though a children's bible, it is not a summarized or bible story book, but instead contains the full biblical text making it a good resource for children's bible study. The illustrations are beautiful and the layout is well done. It comes in a sturdy case covered in the same design as the bible and can be used to house and protect the bible, or as a special place to keep treasured items. Would the perfect addition to this year's Easter basket! Love it! I received this bible from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I have mixed emotions about this sweet little Bible. If you are looking for a nice gift to present a new mom for their baby, something unique, then this might be a good choice for a keepsake gift. It comes in a gift box that exactly matches the front of the Bible, and it is also accented with velvet. The quality of the box is okay, but the spine of the box came unglued on the inside the first time I opened it... not a huge problem, just needs to be re-glued.
It is the New King James Version.... which is good and bad in my humble opinion. I think with the cover being so oriented towards a very young child, that it might have been an adapted Bible inside, but it's not. My 6 year old son does love this book, so perhaps not all is lost. There are some beautiful pieces of artwork in here too. If you could take them out, they might be worth framing. (Of course, this would destroy the book.)
So, don't expect this to be the "perfect" Bible for any child, but there is something here for multiple ages. I think it is most appropriate for a new baby gift, as it is decent quality and would make a very unique present. It would be cute displayed in a child's room too.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the Booksneeze bloggers review program in exchange for my honest opinion.