The new Sparkle & Change International Children’s Bible from Tommy Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson publishers, is sure to be a hit with little girls everywhere! The sequins attached to a variety of objects which children can rub in various directions to change their appearance is a highlight, front and centre, on the cover of this Bible and I know that many girls would be thrilled to own this. I love that the picture in the sequins is a heart – indicating, subtly, that the words contained in this book are directed at the heart and can change a person’s heart!
The Bible itself is a great tool for children. It features a Timeline, key verse highlights (an index of verses that specifically deal with a certain thought/concept), an easy to understand Bible dictionary, a list of the names of God throughout Scripture, a list of the miracles of Jesus, a list of the 12 disciples, a list of kids mentioned in the Bible, and easy to read maps! These features make it a great study resource for Sunday School lessons or other Bible lessons!
The text itself it not too large but not very small either – just a perfect size font for young children who are beginning to read! Throughout the text, there are feature pages which include topics such as: “How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me?”, “Knowing Jesus Better”, “How Do I Pray?”, and “How Do I Forgive?” just to name a few.
Comparing the translation with a couple common translations (ESV, NIV), it appears to be a faithful translation of the text. The danger in making a Bible for children is to “dumb down” the text in a way that over simplifies it and really causes the meaning to be lost (and sometimes changed completely). However, that is not the case with the ICB. It uses language that a child can understand. But it also uses language/vocabulary that will challenge a child to learn. Where something may not be fully understood, it puts the word in bold (such as the word “chaff” in Psalm 1 or “Word” in John 1) and references the Bible dictionary provided at the back or provides a footnote to explain the word or concept. In this way, the translation itself teaches a child HOW to study the Bible, making Bible study an enjoyable and enriching experience, which is something we definitely want for our children!
This is a Bible translation and a Bible I would recommend to all parents of young children! The publisher provides a recommended age of 6-10. I would agree with this for children who are reading on their own but I would also recommend this Bible as a read-aloud translation to younger children. I also believe it would be enjoyable and beneficial to pre-teen girls. It is certainly a translation that will get them in the word and help them to understand God’s word better! What a beautiful gift this can be!
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