The New Century Version translators accepted the restrictions on reading level and vocabulary of the ICB. They also used modern equivalents for currency, weights, and measures; and they chose only the most familiar name for a geographical location. Within the translation of the NCV, the meanings behind ancient customs were clarified, as were the definitions of words whose usage in English has changed in recent years. The New Century Version also made an effort to use gender-inclusive language when such could be done while preserving the original meaning of the text.
Both the adult and child editions of the New Century Version emphasize simplicity and clarity of expression. The children's edition is stylistically simpler than the adult's edition. The translators wanted to make "the language simple enough for children to read and understand for themselves."
The use of a limited vocabulary sometimes detracts from the beauty of the translation, as in Genesis 1:1, which is translated, "In the beginning God created the sky and the earth."
Overall, though, the New Century Version is a clear and concise translation, helpful to both the serious Bible scholar and the devotional reader. In particular, it is a good translation for older children and teens. I recently purchased a teen study Bible based on the NCV translation for my 12 year-old nephew, and like it very much. I've since bought a copy of the New Century Version for myself.
In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. -- Genesis 1:1
The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God's Spirit was moving over the water. -- Genesis 1:2
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. -- John 3:16