My 13-month old got this for her first birth and it was a hit from day one. Both her dad and I are big into nature and gardening, so this book has appeal to the two of us who have to read it many times a day! At this age, I favor books that are reality-based (rather than being imaginative) and use real words rather than cutesy, kid words. This book delivers on both those. I also like that the illustrations aren't overly cartoon-character-like, but they are still artistic. As a creative person, I can't think of another book on her bookshelf that has illustrations quite as engaging as these. There really isn't any anthropomorphism in the book, which is also great. The text flow and rhyming make for an easy, pleasant read. I sometimes sing the book to her. Definitely recommend!