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MANCHESTER — In honor of Very Hungry Caterpillar Month, Northshire Bookstore is hosting a special reading with the Very Hungry Caterpillar themself on March 18 at 1 p.m.

There will be a special readaloud of Eric Carle’s classic story featuring a character costume meet-and-greet, interactive activities such as printouts and an in-store scavenger hunt and more. The event is part of a Very Hungry Caterpillar Costume Tour from The World of Eric Carle.

With its vivid colors and innovative hole-punched pages, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” teaches lessons in counting, the days of the week, the process of metamorphosis and the importance of choosing foods wisely. The book has wiggled its way into the hearts of generations of readers and become a bookshelf staple in homes and classrooms nationwide. Since its publication in 1969, more than 55 million copies of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” have sold globally and it has been published in over 70 languages. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is sold.

For more information on these or other events, email, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Northshire Bookstore, originally founded in 1976, has locations in Manchester and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as well as at The store is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 24/7 online with free shipping.


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