Sunday, February 3, 2019

Review: Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, ICB

Thomas Nelson
Children's Bible / Religious
1312 pages
ages 8 to 14

The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to T-shirts. The "mermaid" sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry the Sparkle and Change Bibles with them everywhere!

This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible features rainbow sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It’s double the fun! It’s perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.

The ICB, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, is easy for children to read and understand with a third-grade reading level and is typeset in a large, readable font.  The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for. Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations, including topics such as:

A Bible timeline
A presentation page
A place to keep favorite Bible verses
Bible maps
Articles on topics such as how Jesus loves them, knowing Jesus better, and how to pray, etc.
Your little girl will love her Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible!


With a modern, sparkly look and interesting added information and study guides, this makes for a lovely gift especially for girls ages ten and over.

The thing which caught my attention on this Bible was the sequin cover...something my own daughters' find amazing. Although it was a bit stiff at first—thanks to the newness—the sequins soon work wonderfully and expose a lovely heart underneath. They are well attached, and it appears, they will hold well for a relatively long time. Of course, however, this is not the main purpose of the Bible.

If someone is interested in lovely illustrations, this is not the Bible to choose. Rather, it adds interesting and well illustrated study aides, which not only help on the fact end but also give the reader tips on their life as a Christian and how to imply, in a very general sense, that what the Bible teaches in their daily lives. There are pages where the reader can make their own notes: favorite Bible verses, etc. Other pages give chance for reflection. Each one is written at a level the intended age group can understand and relate to, and yet, it never speaks down to the reader.

Unlike many Bibles, there are several indexes and search helps before Genesis begins. In addition to the Table of Contents, a quick list of where to find verses relating to certain topics (hope, death, etc) is given, making it clear that this is a Bible to seek guidance and help. There is also a several page illustration of a basic Bible time line, which helps to show what happened when. At the end, among other things, there are also several maps and layouts of geographical areas to help to reader visualize the area where some of the more important occurrences take place.

The pages themselves are thin but relatively durable. The ICB version is created with the age group in mind, and the 'important' and well-known verses are highlighted as well. There isn't any room on the edges or in the text for notes, but this isn't unusual.

My own daughter found this to be a delightful Bible and enjoys the layout as well as the helps included.

I received this copy through Booklook

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