My first-grader loves the pretty design, and looks really proud to wear it. The pack fits her well. I did try putting a 2" thick 3-ring binder inside, but the corners stuck out the top, and I couldn't quite zip it up. Fortunately, this year she only needs folders and spiral notebooks, which fit fine. She'll probably need a bigger pack next year, at which point it will become a travel/sleep-over bag.