PPBF: The Invisible String

Author: Patrice Karst
Illustrator: Geoff Stevenson
Publisher: DeVorss Publications, 2000
Age Level: 3 and up
Themes: mother-child relationships, storms, separation anxiety
Opening: Liza and Jeremy, the twins, were asleep one calm and quiet night. (zzzzzz…no, this is not in the book, but the writing could have put me to sleep – do read on!)
Summary: (from the publisher) “That’s impossible”, said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they’re all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember.
Why I like this book: This pick is not much like my other PPBF choices: the illustrations are simple but not very inviting, and the writing does not have much appeal either. But the message, the idea, the concept – brilliant! And so fitting to introduce in time for Valentine’s Day.
Resources/Activities: make invisible string bracelets; or construction paper heart necklaces.

For more PPBF picks, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE