With a bright, colourful cover, and colour-coded margins the NIRV Seek and Explore Bible is designed to capture the eye and create interest (not to mention help parents find it again once the bible enters into the black hole of a child's bedroom).
The entire bible is colour coded making referencing much easier and gives indecisive kids some help deciding where to look (for instance my son's in a blue phase guess where we're reading). I particularly like the study notes with the wayee characters which are informative and age appropriate with great conversation starters and cool facts (I honestly had no idea a sling and stone could move so fast!). As always the maps were a big hit and I was impressed with the balance between fun,child-friendly pictures and accuracy of the map.
I do question the durability of a paperback vs a hardcover for energetic kids. However, paperback does make the pages easier to manipulate and less of a projectile weapon for those loving brotherly moments. I also miss having a topical index because, let's face it, kids are the champs when it comes to asking questions and the list of key stories just wasn't robust enough for what my 5 year old is asking. In the end, it feels like a good trade off for this age and stage. I'm also pleased with the readability of this translation. The NIRV definitely feels accessible to younger kids who are still struggling to grasp the nuances of English because, let's face it, there's enough in here to wrestle through without language complicating matters.
With all the fun artwork and readability this edition is a great option for pre-readers through to junior high students.
4.5 out of 5 stars
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