Title: NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
“You have your own tale to live, and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest stories of all!” the back jacket states in the NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible.
~ What ~
This eleven-hundred-and-fifty-two-page hardbound with sparkly accents on its front cover targets children six to ten-years-old looking for a Bible to call their own (first to fifth-grade reading level recommended). Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, it has a presentation page and six shortened rewritten iconic stories with twenty-four colored illustrations. Being the Word of God with some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
While this is the NIrV Bible, the added stories include creation, Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth, Queen Esther, an angel visiting Joseph and Mary, and Jesus’s resurrection.
~ Why ~
Every child should have a Bible. With stories that cater to girls with its feminine topics, this is a thoughtful way to introduce owning a Bible. I like that in two places on the cover it states “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.”
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in the Holy Bible. Some children may prefer a different Bible version. Boys may not like a Bible that appears for girls.
~ Who ~
No information is provided on the writer of the six stories. The illustrator was born in Argentina and has often been commissioned for his story artwork, comics, and character designs.
~ Wish ~
I wish the design also targeted boys, but that may be hard to accomplish based on its theme. Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s Bible that includes six reiterated stories with illustrations, this may be a good choice.
Thanks to Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.