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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Review: Cocoon

Fans of Aura Parker's warm and whimsical illustrations will delight in the release of her latest book, Cocoon.

Following on from the much-loved Twig, where we met a host of adorable insect characters, Cocoon introduces us to Dawn and her caterpillar friends.

Dawn and her friends have a plan to eat as many leaves as they can, weave their cocoons and turn into moths so they can finally fly. It sounds like a snap, doesn't it?

But Dawn soon discovers that becoming a moth is not as easy at it sounds and slowly learns the value of patience and perseverance, while tucked away in her cocoon.

Once again, Aura has taken a seemingly simple situation and created an uplifting tale for children with language as sumptuous as her vibrant and detailed illustrations. Children will find great joy in following Dawn's journey, from her clumsy attempts at spinning with the finest silk, to her fun ideas for killing time while waiting in her cocoon. There's also a fun hide-and-seek activity for the gorgeous endpapers.

This is such a lovely reminder that boredom is a huge part of life and at triggering the imagination, with the gentle message that all good things are worth waiting for. This certainly includes the divine final spread when Dawn and her friends emerge from their cocoons into the night sky.

Title: Cocoon
Author/Illustrator: Aura Parker
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99
Publication Date: March 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781742765129
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book