My daughter is 2 and 1/2. Since she was one year-old Critter has been the be-all and end-all for her. She has at least 20 Little Critter Books by now. She has memorized the titles by site as well most of the words. She can actually "read" these books to herself from memory now; it's pretty amazing to watch. We credit Mercer Mayer and Litter Critter for keeping her interested with the wonderful illustrations and simple but relevant story lines. She adores these books and that has mushroomed into a love for all sorts of other books. Now the first words out of her mouth when she wakes in the morning are, "Gimme a book please". She starts and ends her days with books and it does our hearts good. This spring we put in a new raised-bed garden and also made a small one for our daughter to tend. She enjoyed reading this book in conjunction with planting and caring for her garden this summer. Mercer Mayer's books are wonderful on many levels but especially because our daughter can see so many of her own daily activities or things we do together (like heading to the garden center) in these books which makes them ring true and familiar for her. We just LOVE Mercer Mayer and can never say enough good about his legacy of books. Thank you, thank you, thank you.