Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ages: 4 – 8 years
When my little boy first attended pre-school, he had terrible separation anxiety. My heart would break every morning as I left him crying in the arms of his teacher.
I would spend the whole day consumed by mom guilt, sometimes phoning several times to make sure he was ok.
Looking back on it, I think I had separation anxiety too!
Then I found The Invisible String, an amazing book that not only comforted my child but comforted me also.
My little boy is now a very confident 7-year-old. His little sister attends the pre-school right next to his school, and he happily reminds her that her string is not only connected to mom, but also to him right next door.
The Invisible String is an amazingly simple concept to help children of all ages across the world cope with separation anxiety, loneliness, and loss.
The story starts with twins, Liza and Jeremy who are sleeping. They are awakened by thunder and frightened, run out to their mom in the living room.
‘’Mommy, Mommy!’’ they cried as they ran to her.
The kids want to stay with mom, so she explains that they’re always together, no matter what. Mom holds up an invisible string in front of them and says, ‘’this is how.’’
She explains that people who love each other are always connected by a very special string made of love. You don’t need to see the invisible string. You feel it with your heart.
The kids start asking questions …
‘’Does Jasper the cat have an Invisible String?”
The kids ask about their friends, how far the string can reach and whether it can reach Uncle Brian in heaven.
‘’Does the string go away when you’re mad at us?’’
‘’Never,’’ said Mom. “Love is stronger than anger, and as long as love is in your heart, the string will always be there.’’
The kids happily go back to bed and dream of all the invisible strings they have. They can now clearly see that no one is ever alone.
Patrice Karst has a vision that one day, every child on earth will be comforted by knowing of their own Invisible Strings. Illustrator Joanne Lew-Vriethoff has re-illustrated this classic story in a beautifully vibrant manner, appealing to a young modern audience.
The Invisible String is an amazingly simple approach to overcoming separation anxiety, loneliness and loss. Children of all ages across the world can easily identify with and remember this concept.