L.L. Bean makes sturdy, built-to-last backpacks. Better yet they have a satisfaction guarantee. This means something to me because my daughter has gone through FOUR backpacks in her first two years of elementary school. We got her one of these over the summer and even though she's dragged it to day camp all month it still looks brand new. The size is just right for an elementary student- she loves it! Animals available: gecko, butterfly, panda, flamingo, raccoon, shark and tarantula.