Did you know that everyone has an invisible string connecting them with their loved ones? You might think it is impossible but surely you can feel the tug from heart to heart even when we are alone or far from our family and friends.
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a favourite children’s story book that was specifically written to address issues of loneliness and separation. It uses a very simple approach with a heart warming message that there is an invisible connection of love. Even if you can’t see or touch it you know it is there because you can feel it deep in your heart.
Many young children experience separation anxiety. Perhaps it is because it is their first time away from their primary caregiver or a close relative has left or died.
In The Invisible String Jeremy lets his mother know that he feels sad when he is away from her, she reassures him with the knowledge that she is still there as they are connected with an invisible string that he only needs to tug and he will feel her love. The invisible string represents the love people have for each other.
The need for a sense of connectedness is important for children to develop resilience. Feelings of separation anxiety can arise which are difficult for a child to manage without guidance. The Invisible String is a great learning tool to address this issue and facilitate discussion with young children around separation anxiety.
Some feedback about this book include
“We can’t read this to a class without a few tears, as this simple story really touches young and old alike.”
“It was a great help when my children’s grandfather died. They could believe that the invisible string reached all the way to heaven and that their grandfather’s love was still with them.”
“Nice picture book about how we don’t stop loving each other just because we are apart.”
“The most requested book in our house, and has held this status for quite some time.”
“Great if you or someone close to you are moving or if a loved one dies to explain how love works at a distance.”