Book Review: “The Invisible String”

The Invisible String

by Patrice Karst

Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Mike’s Rating:

5 out of 5 cups of coffee!

This is just my second review of a book for children, but I want to recommend this one as a tool for adults who are leading kids through challenging things—particularly involving any kind of separation from loved ones.

The Invisible string is a beautifully written story about a set of twins wanting to stay close to their mother during a scary thunderstorm. The mother explains the idea of an invisible string made of love that connects us to everyone we love.

It may seem a bit simplistic, but it communicates so well the power of connection. In my home, we found it to be a really great tool for helping some little boys remember that those people they were not able to live with were still connected.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned over the last few years is that the most effective tool for healing from traumatic experience is genuine connection. As foster parents, we found it most powerful to use the invisible string concept to acknowledge all of the people who are important to the child (even when they are not safe people for the child to be around) as well as assure them of our care for them.

So often kids from hard places see the different adults in their lives as adversaries—particularly when they are kept from seeing some of them. When we affirm the importance of all of the people that they love, it helps them trust and connect with us.

The Invisible String is all about the power of connection. I strongly recommend it to parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters—most anyone who works with kids—as a delightful tool to gently soothe the anxiety of separation.

I would also like to note that this book is just stunningly illustrated. It is a delight to look at and captures so well the sense of connection between people that have love in their hearts toward one another.

You won’t regret adding this great book to your children’s book library!

You can purchase “The Invisible String” through these Amazon links:

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