Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NIV Kids Visual Study Bible - A Review

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Zondervan has created one of the most useful Study Bibles aimed at a young audience. Loads of visuals (the cover says over 700) and notes are what give this Bible significant value. The text is set against the center column; notes occupy the inch-and-a-half of the outside edges of the page. Though I did not do a thorough search, I could not find a page without at least one note, most had two. Some notes are longer - occupying an entire page. These pages tend to give extended details on places or individuals.

Additional helps include an index (not extensive, but better than that found in most children’s Bibles), a 12-page Bible atlas (indexed), and book introductions.

The Bible would attract children of all ages, though the text would seem to be better suited to older elementary or middle school students. The title might discourage its use by the middle school child, but it the contents would make it a perfect fit. I suppose parents will need to evaluate how their own children will respond to the title if they are thinking of buying this for a middle school child.

This book would make a perfect gift for a child entering fourth, fifth or sixth grade - they would then have the Bible and be accustomed to using it as they age. The book would also have a place in the church library where it could be used by a number of children for reading and personal study.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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