As any of you know who have ever spoken to me, this is the first toy that my mother ever designed. This soft sculptured baby toy was so unique in 1995 that we were awarded a "Three Dimensional Artwork" Copyright by the U.S. Government! Even though it's been 21 years it may still be our most unique toy. Great educational toy, but don't overlook the recreational value as well. Perfect birthday present, Christmas or baby shower gift. No pieces to get lost & machine washable!