by Patrice Karst
Liza and Jeremy are twins who are awakened during a thunderstorm and go to their mother for comfort. While putting them back to bed she reassures her children that they are safe, loved and always connected. She explains when she was a child her mother told her about the invisible string that connects people who love each other, no matter what. She proclaims this string is made of LOVE. And the string is connected no matter–the distance, feelings, and/or death. Nothing can detach you from loved ones. She illustrates global connectedness by stating their friends are also connected by the string, no matter their culture or ethnicity.
The Invisible String is intended to reduce loneliness, separation anxiety, or feeling of loss and grief through storytelling and cartoon illustration. As a parent and/or educator we may have challenges discussing these big emotions with young children. Utilizing this book will make the conversation (ALOT) easier. Patrice Karst, does an excellent job fostering a fun and lighthearted way to explore questions about love and the indestructible bond and interconnection between child(ren) and their loved one. Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’’s cartoon illustrations, provides visualization to help with the comprehension and embracement of love and connectedness for young children.