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.
Holy Bible: Shiny Sequin Bible, International Children's Bible translation
I am excited to present to you my review of this adorable, "girly girl" Bible! Tommy Nelson Publishers have released a copy of God's Holy Word wrapped in sparkles and sequins that will make any girl proud to carry and read her Bible! The colors of the Bible are pink, green, purple, fuschia, and blue.
This Bible is easy to use and easy to read. The translation is meant for younger readers, but still keeps to the truth of the inerrant Word of God. The cover has a nice fabric-like layer on top of the paperback covering that makes it more durable than most paperbacks. There is a small Bible Dictionary towards the back that is perfect for the young ladies that are learning new concepts in God's Word. The dictionary will aid in correcting any confusion and misunderstanding related to some biblical terms. Also, I find that the font size is perfect in this Bible - neither too large nor too small. Also, four color maps are in the back of the Bible. I particularly like the Memory Verse section towards the back that has listed many life application verses. I perceive the selected verses to be presented on a middle school level.
One issue I do not like about this Bible is that there are not individual chapter headings, but instead there are headings at the top of each page. I particularly noticed this in books that have multiple chapters, such as the Psalms. Other standard versions usually give chapter headings, which highlights that chapter's particular subject or theme. This can be quite helpful for the serious student of the Word.
I highly recommend this Bible for any middle school age young lady. She will learn to treasure God's Word in her heart while carrying possibly the most fashionable Bible in the whole church!