Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy from Zonderkidz through Schoolhouse ReviewCrew, in exchange for an honest review.
Zonderkidz Faith Builders Bible is an amazing way of combining the love of scripture with the love of brick-building. This Bible comes in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), with over 20 pages of colorful illustrations. Each of the illustrations comes with a short summary of what the event is pictured, and a Biblical verse to reference. The back of this Bible also comes with a short dictionary and a suggested list of wonderful Biblical stories, and what pages they can be found on.
This was our first New International Reader's Version (NIrV) Bible, and I am glad that there was a few pages to describe what this version is. It is actually based on the New International Version (NIV), but has been made easier for children and those learning to read to understand. Some of the words are shorter, and some of the names and places have been inserted into the scripture to make it clearer for children. There are also sections labeled in a chapter or a title given to a set of paragraphs to help the child know what the significance of that section is about. It is still accurate, as it was checked using the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament.
My sons and I have been studying the Old Testament so far this year in our homeschool studies. It was an exceptional time for us to receive the Faith Builders Bible because some of the pictures cover the stories we have studied, such as the animals of Noah's Ark, and the Ten Commandments. We also had an amazing time building the wall of Jericho out of building bricks, and trying to crash all of them down.
This Bible is also versatile as it can be used with younger and older children. As a homeschool Mom, I loved that it has a dictionary in the back because you could use that for vocabulary lessons. I also enjoyed the quick reference guide for suggested stories. My sons thought being able to do a Bible lesson and make things with building bricks was pretty cool. The illustrations don't come with directions on how to build them. I was upset about that at first, but then I realized that the illustrations are there for visual aid. It gave my sons a chance to be creative, and build the scene or event the way they imagined it would be.
There was much effort and time that went into making this edition of the Bible. It really does seem that the publisher, Zonderkidz did a wonderful job in picking this Bible to be a NIrV because it was meant to be viewed by children. It is ingenious that they combined this edition with illustrations of Biblical events, built with building bricks.
I would definitely recommend this Bible to anyone who has a child that loves to build things with building bricks. How awesome would it be for a child to get to know the words of scripture because of this amazing concept of a Faith Builders Bible! Building bricks is not even just a boy thing anymore either! My niece asked for building bricks (in girl colors of course!) for both Christmas and her birthday last year. My sons love reading about Biblical stories and making things with building bricks, so this Bible has found a very special spot in our home.
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