Yeah, we're suckers for Montssori-style, self-directed, hands-on learning, with warm memories of polishing pennies, making bread and learning long division on an abacus (one of the stories David's mom tells TO DEATH). So maybe we took extra care with this piece and his friends since they were bound for the teachers at a Denver Montessori preschool. He's the first but not the last: we'll be adding a version of this Turtle desk to our production catalog in 2010. Long and narrow, with two shallow drawers tucked under his shell. Affordable and fresh. Really, what more do you need? Maybe a few more storage and cable-management options—we'll figure those out as we bathe in egg nog over the coming days.