This is an excellent gift for young readers. I sent this to my nephew for Christmas and he loved it so much he asked to keep getting letters from Sunny. He brings Sunny the stuffed animal with him everywhere and likes to tell everyone where his snail has been. Not only is he practicing reading on a weekly basis, but he is also learning about the world outside of his hometown. Thank you for such a fantastic experience. He is reading well and ready for Kindergarten in the fall.