Beloved by children for generations, Eric Carle’s children’s books come off the page and onto the stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. With more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music, from a lumbering brown bear, to a curious caterpillar, to a fleet of rubber ducks, to countless other critters, Carle’s beautiful illustrations come to life through theatre magic. For ages 3, up. Plays through Oct. 27, at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD. imaginationstage.org. Here’s the remaining lineup: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Nov. 23 to Jan. 5; Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, Feb. 8 to March 22; Thumbelina, Feb. 15 to April 5; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, June 24 to Aug. 9.