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NIrV, Adventure Bible for Early Readers, Hardcover Hardcover – June 29, 2008

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About the Author

Jim Madsen has been illustrating for the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 50 books including the recently updated NIV Adventure Bible and the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers. Jim lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors, golf, and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Adventure Bible
  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Revised edition (June 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310715474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310715474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LayDee Hawke VINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
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This bible is the well-accepted NIV version...with a twist. It's called the NIrV ('r' for 'readers') due to taking larger words which are fine for older children and adults...and breaking them into smaller words appropriate to 5-8 year old's reading skills.

The meaning/concept has NOT been compromised.

For example...it took me several hours to figure out how to explain "according" to my 5 year old daughter (1 Cor. 15:3b - "that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.") Granted, a dictionary would have solved this, but I was stubborn and had to figure it out on my own.

Turns out, the NIrV's wording was exactly what I came up with: 1 Cor. 15:3b - "Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would."

My daughter loves being able to read the bible on her own and not having to struggle with the 'grown up words' which can be changed for easier wording.

This is not the case through-out (some words simply can not be substituted)....but it puts her at a good reading point at 5 years old!

Love it!
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This is a "big kid" Bible--complete set of scripture, leather bound, silver edged pages--the kind you'd want your kid to have for a while. Which is why we bought it for our third-grade-level 6-year-old reader. But now that we have it, we're realizing it was a mistake to get the NIrV because he's frustrated with the verses he's already memorized in church, etc, and he's not interested in memorizing any out of this Bible knowing that he'll have it "wrong" from the NIV. On the positive side, it truly is a lot easier to read, which is nice, so he reads it on his own all the time for his "free reading" time. Basically, I wish I'd just gotten a cheaper NIrV for him to have for a year or so, and then invested in the leather-bound NIV once it was THE Bible he'd have through school. Oh, and the devotionals are fantastic & age appropriate for 6 year olds or 10 year olds.
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This is a great bible for kids. I gave it to my 5, 7, and 9 year old and my 14 year old flipped through it and said she wanted one. It is colorful and easy to read and it has questions that kids ask with the answers. It is a teaching bible and you can flip to almost any page and there will be a small highlighted section with a title like, "Did you know?", or "Live it" or "Words to Treasure" etc. and in these sections, there are facts, explainations, and life lessons for the children. I have found that I like flipping through their bibles becasue there are so many interesting facts and they are quick and easy to read. I have seen my 7 year old wake up excited to read before going to school and there is no greater joy than seeing your child read the bible.
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This is a nice version of the NIV Bible that has been read and accepted by many around the world. Of course there are other versions which more accurately convey meaning of the original text, but it's still widely accepted by scholars and Bible teachers around the English speaking world. This version is the "reader" version which makes the difficult words easier to understand for younger readers. It DOES NOT, however, remove content to appease your personal sensitivities. So yes, it uses the word "sex" in the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the Bible and it's a Bible story that's actually in the Bible. Nearly those exact same words are in the "adult" version of the NIV Bible as well. This is the NI"r"V. It IS NOT intended to be a children's Bible story book which would gloss over or remove offensive parts. It's the Bible in simple language. If you want a children's Bible story book that removes all of the offensive parts, then you need to look elsewhere. Or you could just use the NKJV which uses the phrase, "know them carnally", instead of the word sex. Sure, that's better.

As for the rest of it, I believe most of the "helps" by Lawrence Richards are age appropriate and well done. It makes a nice Bible for young readers.
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I love recommending this Bible for early readers. I use it in my Sunday School class and purchased on for my Granddaughter as she entered Kindergarten. It is a great "first real Bible" when your child is ready to move up from "story Bibles". It is the complete text Genesis to Revelation, written in simple language easier for them to understand. The extra study helps are useful and appealing to the children. Great to read to them as they are learning to read and then for them to read themselves and their skill improve.
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I bought these for my children to take to church so they would be able to follow along. It was their first complete bible. I got the little tabs also. My only advice is for active boys get a bible cover. This book has withstood a lot, but if you want it to look nice then do that. Amazingly although ours do looked loved they are still all together and haven't lost pages or anything. That is saying a lot.
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For Christmas last year, we wanted to get Stinker a "big kid Bible". She was about 5 and a half, and was learning to read, and wanted something that had the entire Word in it, instead of another Story Bible. We decided to get her the Adventure Bible NIV, but she didn't take to reading it independently as much as I would have liked. The original NIV Adventure Bible is marketed for kids age 8-12, so I wasn't too surprised, but was still on the lookout for an unabridged Children's Bible with wording and activities she would understand. When I found out about the NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers I was really excited to get it for Stinker!

The Bible itself is written in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), which is similar to the New International Version (NIV), just a little easier to read. The features of the Adventure Bible for Early Readers are similar to the Adventure Bible, but written with younger readers in mind. For example, the memory verses embedded in the text are the same verses, but written in their respective version, and the "Live It" and "Life in Bible Times" snippets have the same general theme, but are written with words that younger kids would understand. The Adventure Bible for Early Readers also features full color features, color maps, and engaging illustrations.

Although Stinker, who is not quite 6 years old, isn't independently reading the Bible on her own yet, she likes to look through it and read a sentence here and there. The full color really keeps her interest. If you already have an Adventure Bible for older children, you will probably see a lot of repetition, and it probably isn't worth purchasing The Adventure Bible for Early Readers.
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