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This is an unusually fun, high-quality toy that stimulates and fascinates for hours on end. The star is Mr. Caterpillar, a segmented 8-wheeled vehicle that fluidly zips down 5 wooden ramps set in a colorful, 3-dimensional tree that adheres vertically to almost any smooth surface (wood, laminates, dry walls, windows and mirrors, . . .). Gravity is the only force in play during Mr. Caterpillar's descent: kids drop him at the top, and down he goes, wrapping and flipping over at each new level on the way down. It's a dazzling sight made all the more adventurous by the clickety-clack of wheels against wood and other physical elements. During each descent, Mr. Caterpillar knocks against a swinging owl, passes through the bright red mushroom tower and comes to a stop against the wooden acorn. It's an imaginative tour-de-force that evokes wonder and glee in young ones, with developmental benefits that include eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills development and understanding of cause and effect.