Savvy Fort Wayne parents and grandparents are already making plans for the Easter holiday. One of the ways people recognize this day is to gift their kids with a new bible.
You can purchase Bibles at Fort Wayne’s Barnes and Noble, Borders and Family Christian Bookstores.
I recently recieved a bible to review from the BookSneeze program from Thomas Nelson. This is a new Bible for girls called the Shiny Sequin Bible. It uses the International Children’s Bible version/translation and the cover is an adorable pink with sequined hearts and flowers. At the back of the bible are the following maps: “Abraham’s Journey,” “The Desert Wanderings,” “Jesus’ Last Week in Jerusalem” and “Palestine in Jesus’ Life.”
Also at the back, is a dictionary in a nice-sized font for kids’ eyes. After the dictionary is a topical index entitled, “Where do I find it?” followed by “What God Promises About..” which contains scriptures of God’s promises. Right before the maps is a four page section entitled “Memory Verses for My Life.”
In my opinion, the bible’s text font is too small for young readers. Compare the font that is used in the dictionary and the scriptures and the difference is striking. Small font is overwhelming for young learners. I don’t think a girl will be drawn to read the meat of the Bible with the typeface and font they chose.
The cover is undoubtedly adorable and cute, but it’s also flimsy and bends too easily. My use of it in searching it bent the cover quite a bit, and after a kid carries it and uses it for awhile, I think it will look bad. However, the sequined hearts and flower are very sturdy and are secured quite well to the front cover. They look like they will hold up to plenty of use.
If your little girl just wants a sparkly bible to carry back and forth to church, this would probably do the job. If you want your little girl to actually read and study a bible, this isn’t the bible you want for all the reasons I mentioned above. I do like the dictionary and topical index, but they are far from complete.
I’m not a fan of the International Children’s Bible version, either. I think publishers underestimate the ability of kids to understand mature versions. I’m sure I’m probably alone in this opinion having raised my kids and taught them from the KJV from the time they could read. Apparently, Thomas Nelson Publishing isn’t able to sell King James Version kids’ bibles so they don’t make them. It’s a shame.
If you’re looking for a good study bible for your homeschool, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a unique and cute gift for a little girl as an accessory, this is a delightful addition to a sparkly wardrobe.