Rated 5 out of 5 by PGunter Perfect for small kids
I love this backpack! I have purchased one for my 1st grader as well at my Kindergartener and they fit much better than the backpacks made for teenagers or adults. They still fit standard size notebooks and folders so they were able to use them as normal backpacks at school. They are very durable and have lasted from pre-k until now. My only complaint is that if you are not careful when zipping the main part of the backpack up the material will get stuck in the zipper and you have to fight to get it out. This has happened on numerous occasions and while it was difficult to remove (I had to be rather rough) it did not break the zipper and worked fine afterwards. I highly recommend these junior backpacks for anyone with children starting school!
September 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Hes33 Junior Original Backpack
At first I was in love with this back pack, then I realized there is no mesh pocket on the sides for water bottles, since it is on the smaller side already, there is no way I can add a lunch box, clothes, school items and a water bottle that I hope doesn't leak. Returning so wished it had mesh pockets on the sides to store water bottles upright. Bummer!
August 24, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by whynot37043 Zipper, piping, and pulls oh my!
I ordered both a lunch box and backpack for my kindergartener. You would think since the prints match, the zippers, piping, and pulls tabs would match. But they don't. The lunchbox has a black zipper, webbing, handle, and strap. The backpack has a gray zipper, piping, and ugly OD Army green pulls. The sweetie bird print is purple and white. There is obviously a disconnect here...
August 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by breanne Divider inside will make this a great backpack
I ordered the School of fish backpack for my kindergarten son, the color and print are cool but this will be more nicer if they put a divider inside to separate the agenda or folder from other stuff.
August 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dadm Excellent gift for our granddaughter !
I bought this as a gift for our granddaughter for Kindergarten. She lives away from us, with LL Bean's free shipping, it made this a super buy ! Her mother called to tell us how she loves it ! We had her name monogrammed on it for that 'personal' touch !
August 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nat5 Super fast shipping and delivery
must add that I made the order yesterday afternoon and today less than 24 hrs later the book bag was on my door step!
August 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nat5 Shark red backpack
I just love L.L Bean, this is my 3 bag purchased , great quality and looks! My son loved his shark book bag for the upcoming school year!
August 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by aimeehj We thought the red one would be gender-neutral
We thought a nice little red backpack would be perfect for our daughter. I was going to sew on a cute patch to customize it for her and make it more identifiable amidst a sea of preschooler backpacks.
But... how about a red backpack that's actually gender-neutral? My daughter hates the ugly brown piping all over the red backpack, and I can't blame her. It's gross. I guess the olive brown piping (which is ALL over the backpack) is how designers make it clear that the backpack is "for boys"? I love L. L. Bean quality overall, but I don't shop here much for my daughter because everything is so gendered. She likes colors other than pink and lilac (the new pink), but everything in primary red or blue ends up having a ton of contrast/detail apparently designed to make it more "boyish" or whatever. Primary red and blue would be great choices for either boys or girls if the contrast colors were ones that generally appeal to both girls and boys. How about red with pale blue contrast? Or red with white?
I know lots of parents who feel the same way. Design some primary-color backpacks that both girls and boys will like! No more ugly brown piping on otherwise great-looking gender-neutral backpacks!
August 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by kimberly686 Great pack for Preschool-Kindergarten
I bought this backpack for my son going into kindergarten. He loved the dino print and we got the matching lunch box. This was the perfect size for kindergarten in Florida. It held up very well and still looks new, even after my boy had it, which is saying something. The size is nice in that it fit well even on my very tall boy, but wasn't bulky. The size is not nice in that putting even a light jacket inside with the lunch box in there maxed out the space. If you live in a cold climate this one would be too small for you. I still love it, and my preschooler will be inheriting it for this coming year, and I anticipate he'll use it through kindergarten as well.
July 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MicheleP Great for Preschool not Kindergarten
The quality of the backpack is awesome. We did have a little trouble with the zipper. My son had a difficult time fitting all of his folders and books from Kindergarten. I would suggest size up for elementary. Wish that LLBean would make the Jr. a little bigger and that would solve the issue. With that being said, my oldest son has had his backpack from 1st grade- 5th with little signs of wear.
July 21, 2015