My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My favorite Bible translation is the Holman Christian Standard Bible. It should come as no surprise, then, the amount of excitement I had when I opened the mail to find a reviewer copy of a Holman study Bible for kids. With a colorful imitation leather cover (see the image in this post), B&H produced, in my opinion, a high quality book for kids to read. That said, I do have to state this: the pages are still “Bible” pages, meaning easily tearable and not durable for less careful children, which poses a problem for my two youngsters.
A nice bonus feature to this book is a paired augmented reality feature available via a cool smartphone app (for free). This app allows the reader, if in possession of an Android of iOS device, to scan the icon on a graphic page and see the graphic stand up with a narration of the event. There is much to be improved in this, however, as it is a still image with an unprofessional narration – and could suit better to have either an interactive image or a video of the scene play off of the page with storytelling sounds and active narration – a better fit for children (or at least boys).
In all, this book is a great accomplishment in blending technology with reading material and helps the Bible come alive for a younger, more tech-savvy, generation. With children growing up around Google Glass and a smartphone in every pocket, it only makes sense to take the next step with Scripture too.
I give this book four of a five stars. It’s an amazing start, but definitely could use some fine-tuning.
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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