I use this puppet to teach English to french children aged 4 to 8 years old. I love it and they love it too. I use in conjunction with the white girl and they get up to mischievious tricks together. It would be ideal if the mouth parts were a little easier to use (the natural resting position is "open") as it's quite difficult to open and close. The arms and hands are not really operational as you need most of your fingers and thumb to operate the mouth. This is the biggest drawback because it would have helped me if the puppets could touch things, point etc. Still ... for the money they are good puppets. NOT toooooo robust actually. The little girl's dress started to come apart the first time I used it and they're not washable. In spite of these drawbacks I still think that compared to other puppets they are quite good value. Maybe next time I will invest in something a bit more expensive, but I wanted to be sure I could use a puppet in an educational setting to good advantage before spending a lot of money.