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KJV, with Additional Helps (Could Be More)
on August 31, 2010
When older children are ready for a "real" Bible, complete with chapters, verses, and less illustrations, there are a lot of options available. I had the opportunity to review three Bibles for older children. Read on for a giveaway, too!!
The KJV Illustrated Bible for Kids is very similar to the Illustrated Bible for Kids and is also published by Holman Bible Publishers. This would be a very good choice for families whose choice of translation is the King James Version. This Bible also has two columns of text on each page. The KJV Illustrated Bible for Kids does have a special feature. At the beginning of the Bible it has a lengthy list of "Favorite Bible Stories" to help the reader find a specific story they may wish to read. It is approximately a 12th grade reading level, so it may not be ideal of young readers' comprehension. It has many additional features, listed below.
Outstanding feature: KJV but appropriate additional features for kids, "regular" text appearance with chapters and verses, Bible dictionary, and really cool "reconstructions" and items listed below.
The features of the KJV Illustrated Study Bible for Kids and the Illustrated Bible for Kids listed below are identical.
Bible study helps- These are colorful pages found in between the regular pages of Scripture. Included here are many maps, charts, and lists. The reader will find family trees, suggestions for how to have a quiet time, how to study your Bible, Names of God, and "reconstructions" of what some buildings may have looked like in Bible times.
Plan of salvation- The style used at the beginning of the Bible is the ABC's of Becoming a Christian, and it includes several verses. (Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin. Believe that Jesus is God's Son and accept God's gift of forgiveness. Confess your faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.)
Topical concordance for kids
Bible dictionary for kids
Expanded outline-This is an extensive chart that has each event in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and tells you where you can find each event in those books of the Bible.
Parables of Jesus chart- This gives each parable name, reference(s), occasion, and lesson taught. It's thorough and easy to read!
History of the Bible- At just two pages in length, this is a brief history of the Bible. It is a good summary of how the Bible came to be. I think this is a good feature, but when it says, "The Bible was written by about forty different men over about sixteen hundred years." I wish it had explained in the next sentence (instead of later) that each book was inspired by God since that can be confusing for children since we call it God's Word. Later it does explain that God directed men to arrange the many books of the Bible into one book.
Though the back of each Bible states a feature as "The Ten Commandments for Kids," there is a list of the 10 Commandments in the Bible study helps, but it was only a list, and not elaborated on or reworded for children. It is nice for the kids to be able to read them in list form, but I would prefer some explanations and life applications for this section. That is the only drawback to these Bibles.
Overall, I think these are both a good choice for an older child who is ready for a Bible with chapters and verses instead of storybook format, and I like that there are two translations of the same Bible so parents can choose which is best for their family, or use it as a family Bible. Though I wish this had additional "study Bible" helps, it is a solid choice.