Butterfly Wonderland to host ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ exhibit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, will host a special exhibit in honor of the book.

Butterfly Wonderland is hosting a special exhibit to honor the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” (Submitted photo)

Penguin Young Readers and Butterfly Wonderland are partnering on a national campaign to celebrate the beloved character with a Special Exhibition: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th Birthday through Aug. 31.

“‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ is the perfect story to bring under the Butterfly Wonderland banner and we are thrilled to join with Penguin Publishing to offer this fun, educational, one-of-a-kind experience to our guests,” Butterfly Wonderland Executive Director Dee Mangulins said in a prepared statement.

“As caterpillars transform—and as Eric Carle so beautifully illustrates — so too will Butterfly Wonderland to bring this story to life. Every generation that has fallen in love with The Very Hungry Caterpillar will fall for this exhibit as well.”

Upon entering Butterfly Wonderland, guests will be immersed in the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as they are transported to the world of Mr. Carle, according to a press release.

Here, visitors can walk among the butterflies while reading large storybook pages from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and revel in special encounters with live caterpillars and other creatures from the many books illustrated by Mr. Carle.

Visitors can take snapshots at “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” character photo stops and collect special caterpillar trading cards.

Face painting, caterpillar costume character appearances, an exclusive VHC Birthday Breakfast for kids and special Story and Movie Times all highlight a visit to this 50th Birthday Celebration.

Butterfly Wonderland will also feature a large selections of Mr. Carle’s books and merchandise at the Butterfly Treasures gift shop during this limited six-month exhibit engagement, a release states.

Since the book’s publication in 1969, nearly 50 million copies of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” have sold globally, a release claims, and it has been published in over 62 languages.

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