I ordered this stool as a Christmas present and due to its popularity, did not receive it until February 26th. It was worth waiting for. I am a licensed contractor from Nevada, and I know good wood when I feel it. The quality of this stool's all-wood pieces is first rate. The letters are made for little fingers to easily remove and replace. Assembly was a breeze...screw in the four legs and boom, done! It is sturdy as well as beautiful. We were going to hold it back until Easter, but the minute she saw it, she started saying "mine, mine, mine." If I may brag for a moment...Ashtyn is 17 months old and within an hour, she learned how to put the puzzle pieces back in their respective spaces. I would highly recommend this for any toddler and would note that you should order early, as this wood carver is a perfectionist and he takes his time to get it right.