Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review :: Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV

The Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV has a (full color) printed hard cover which you see in the cover image. 
The Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV is the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) version of the Bible (© 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014). The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV, written at approximately a 3rd grade reading level. The NIrV is composed of smaller, easy-to-understand words in shorter sentences than the traditional NIV.

The Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV has all blue text (including the words of Christ), and is laid out in two columns. The text is standard size - not large, but not extra small. There are no footnotes. There is a full-color presentation page with Psalm 100:3 on the back side.

There is a brief, single-page introduction for each book of the Bible. Each introduction covers a few basic things about the book (some thoughts about the book, things to know about the book, what the book teaches, and popular people and stories from the book).

The Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV has "Veggie Values" and "Remember This" features spread throughout the text. There is an "Index to Veggie Values" starting on page 1299 that lists the address of the "Veggie Values" by topic. "Remember This" entries highlight verses that might be great for memorization.

In addition to the features that are spread throughout the text, there is a Dictionary and several lined pages for notes at the back of the Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV.

As you might expect, you will see a lot of cute little vegetables popping up throughout the Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV. There are a couple full-color inserts (comic book style) featuring the following stories: 
- "The Ballad of Little Joe" (Joseph)
- "Babysitter in DeNile" (Miriam)
- "Dave and the Giant Pickle" (David and Goliath)
- "Esther the Girl Who Became Queen" (Esther)
- "Rack, Shack, and Benny" (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
- "The Story of Jonah" (Jonah)
- "An Easter Carol" (Easter)
- "The Story of Flibber-o-loo" (The Good Samaritan)
I like that at the end of each of these inserts, there is a note encouraging the reader to real the real story (and it includes the page number for where they can find the real story in the Bible).

I'd say the Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV is probably best for young kids - starting as early as age 5 or 6 (if they are reading) and up to age 8 or so. The only reason I might not suggest it for older children is the styling may look a bit young, but the content is still great. 

All in all, I think the Veggie Tales Bible, NIrV is a fantastic choice for a Bible for a young veggie lover in your life. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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