I came across “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst by chance and I’m very glad that I did. It was recommended by someone I follow on Instagram. It’s a story about love and being connected to people even when you can’t see them.

Our eldest has always struggled with separation anxiety so I was hoping that this book would help to ease things a bit for her.

The book is a beautiful story of how a brother and sister are woken one night by a storm. They want their mum to come and stay with them in their room because they feel alone. To help ease their fears, she tells them about the invisible string that she learned about when she was a child.

The Invisible String

The children ask their mum how it works when they can’t see it. She tells them that the invisible string is a bond that can’t be seen but is always there, connecting people with love. It connects friends and family, no matter how far apart they are. It’s stronger than anger so won’t disappear if someone makes you cross. It even connects to people in heaven.

the invisble string

Knowing they’re connected to their mum, even when she’s in a different room, the children go back to bed. They’re no longer bothered by the storm and dream of all the people they’re connected to by invisible string.

My daughter loves this book. It’s beautifully illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. It’s helped her to understand a bit more that we’re connected to her, even when she’s not with us. As she grows up, hopefully, it will help her to understand the bond with her birth family. They love her even though they aren’t with her.

It’s also helped her to deal with the death of her granddad. Since we’ve been reading the book, she’s said several times that he still loves her even though he isn’t here.

Over the years it’s become a book that both my children love. It’s helped them both manage separation anxiety and understand that love withstands a lot of things like anger and distance.

Our eldest daughter is 10 and although she doesn’t read the book that much anymore (she likes reading it to her younger sister though), she often recites its message when she’s upset or angry, or if she’s struggling with being apart from me or someone else she loves.

Recommended for all children

I would recommend this book to all parents. It’s a beautiful way for them to learn about being loved and connected to people, even when they can’t see them or they’re no longer around for whatever reason.

You can buy The Invisible String from a range of shops including Amazon. Head over to the book review section to read all about other great books about adoption and parenting.

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The Invisible String. A pile of brightly coloured books
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