One of the best things about books are the characters - animal, vegetable and human. The Teamson Design Sunny Safari Bookends celebrate literature's variety of characters with hand-carved, hand-painted animals: a friendly elephant and giraffe, a couple of zany zebras, a beautiful butterfly and two pretty yellow songbirds. The illustrated designs are richly painted and detailed, with flowers, realistic shading and a playful giraffe-spotted pattern along the edges of the bases and backs. The bookends are made from MDF board, which means they are stronger-than-strong and totally up to the demands of many years of childhood reading. Appropriate for either girls or boys, the bookends make great accents in children's rooms, playrooms or family rooms. Look for coordinating Teamson furniture and accessories. Some assembly required. The Benefits of MDF/Engineered Wood MDF is made of wood fibers and is highly compressed with adhesive. It's denser than particle board, and the surface is very smooth. MDF board is extremely strong and resistant to warping, and it's easy to cut, drill, and machine. It is used in the manufacture of furniture and accessories for schools, homes and offices. MDF is so strong that it's included in the construction of desks, high quality marker boards, work surfaces, pillars, and other products. MDF often is covered by laminates or veneers. It provides a sturdy substrate that supports the surface material and increases its longevity. MDF can be painted, stained, and/or grain-stamped to look like hard woods. Best of all, MDF saves money and can be good for the environment. By using recovered wood fiber, MDF contributes to reducing landfills, slowing deforestation and preserving habitats. Overall, MDF is an excellent value and a fine furniture material.