With the Melissa & Doug Mermaid Puppet you are likely to start believing in these fanciful creatures of the sea. This beauty is made of durably imported wool and polyester that inspires imaginative play wherever she goes. The sturdy construction will stand up for years of use by even the most active kids. One of the controller's hands operate the head and facial features while the second operates the wooden dowels that move her hands and arms. The rod is also detachable, making it easy to use by both left or right handed players. This toy not only teaches manual dexterity and coordination, but it inspires imaginative play as well. This mermaid is so realistic that you'll be tempted to put on your bathing suit and join in a swim.