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In June, 2017, a freshman English class in Niigata borrowed children’s books from the library for an expressive reading activity. Among the titles was Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The idea of creating a “Niigata” version inspired by Carle’s story was later conceived, with the fruits and other items in the original replaced with prefectural specialties such as Echigo-hime strawberries and hegisoba. Student response to the idea was enthusiastic, and thus began a project to write and illustrate A Caterpillar Named Daniel in kamishibai format. In January, 2018, the students presented the story to local nursery school children.