Sherwood is the perfect item for young or old. Kids love him, especially if the following message is included with him: "This little companion has awakened from a deep and restful sleep, and is eager to keep a watchful eye out for you. Whisper his name and he will never want to leave your side. This item was purchased for the 5th birthday of my niece's five year-old grandson, and he loves Sherwood. Previously, I purchased the same item from a different seller for a 4 year-old neighbor's son, who whispers to his Sherwood every night. To top it all, I'm 77 and have a Sherwood of my own for a constant companion. The message incorporated here, was included in my first purchase of a Sherwood.