Unfortunately, the year I made my first purchase of Children's Place backpacks I only happened to buy one for my youngest, who at the time was going into preschool. The other kids I got whatever backpack they had picked out at a big box store, and I paid more for them. Their book bags barely lasted the school year.
What I learned from this experience is that their are two equally important elements to buying kids backpack that last: quality and long-lasting appeal. See more tips on choosing a backpack.
As for those zippers and latches, they held up for the duration. When we retired the backpack, it was because my 8-year-old wanted a different style than she did when she was 3. Fair enough!
The backpack is roomy enough (measures 16.5"H X 11.5"L X 6"D) without being too large for a preschooler or toddler. Middle schoolers with lots of books and/or binders probably won't find it large enough. (For older kids, see these other high-quality backpacks.) From looking at the available styles, it seems, these backpacks are meant preschool and elementary school kids.
The padding on the shoulders was good, making it comfortable too. And the number of pockets inside and out were just right. Too many: Things get lost! Too few: Everything gets crushed together.
Many of the current styles of the Children's Place backpacks in the store's baby department are cute animals with faces. Kids may grow out of these styles before the backpack wears out. (Note: These styles are smaller (11.5"H X 9.5"L X 3.5"D) and meant for toddlers or preschoolers.) The full-size backpacks, which are the ones I recommend, are not too large for a preschool child, so I would skip the baby ones even for a toddler or preschooler. Often these kids have oversize papers coming home in their backpacks, which get crushed in toddler backpacks.