If my 4- and 7-year-old daughters are any indication of what many little girls are like, they will want to get this plastic jewel-encrusted, tiara-bearing devotional Bible written by Sheila Walsh and published by Thomas Nelson.
“Every girl is a princess, the daughter of a King… the greatest King who created and rules over everything.”
This sentence from the Introduction for Parents sums up the purpose of the God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible, which seems to be a follow up to the Gigi, God’s Little Princess stories also by Sheila Walsh. The devotional Bible has selected passages from the Internation Children’s Bible followed by a number of features including Bible verse memorization, tips on being a beautiful person, highlights of “princesses” in the Bible, dramas, ways to worship God, etc. The Bible also features illustrations by Meredith Johnson from the Gigi stories (which bear an uncanny resemblance to Fancy Nancy).
While I appreciate the thought behind this devotional Bible, I was confused as to the age group this was targeted to. The illustrations would suggest that children ages 4-7 would want this devotional, but as you read through it you quickly find that the writing is more geares for a 10-year-old. In addition to that, a parent would have to have grown up in a conservative evangelical church to know any of the lyrics or tunes to the songs in many of the activities. This would definitely be a frustrating book for parents who are new Christians to use with their daughters.
I wish I could recommend this devotional because the idea is great and it looks cute. Unfortunately, this devotional needed the help of people trained in child spiritual development and education to edit and revise the the written features so they were age appropriate and aware of families who may be new to following Christ.