Of course, if you have been following/reading my blogs, you are aware that my son is only 1 years old so this book/activity would not be fitting for him, but rather, it is ideal for 5 years old and older.
The Invisible String is a heartwarming book written by Patrice Karst and illustrated by Geoff Stevenson. I discovered this book 5 years ago when I was working at a non-profit mental health clinic. I worked with many children from different background and for various reasons (i.e. depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD/ADD, Autism, ect). I often used this activity for children who are entering foster care system, going to a new school, moving to a different city, losing a parent/ grandparent, and found it was helpful to get them to talk about it.
This book has helped many of my past clients (children) to deal with separation-anxiety, dealing with grief and loss, understand their own feelings that we can be mad at each other but still love each other and how we are all connected with each other through love. Love is not always seen, hence the title THE INVISIBLE STRING.
The only con I can think of for this book is that it is wordy. BUT-I read it so many times with my clients that if they are younger and have shorter attention span, I just sum it up. So really, there is no cons —
Quick activities I have done with this book is:
- Read the book or take turns reading the book (if they are able to read)
- Simply have a heart felt discussion with the client/child (if they don’t want to do the activity and are between the age 9-13 years old).
- Cut up paper hearts, tie strings to it (optional) and on the heart have client/child draw something about the incident/person they miss and will always remember.
- Have client/child draw a picture of their invisible string and all the people it connects to and talk about it.
I would highly recommend this book. I personally think this is a great book for children to learn to express and communicate their feelings. These skills are then carry into later adult life. So a small investment out of your pocket and time goes a long way!
I can see myself picking this book up and reading it to my son when he goes to preschool or kindergarten (separation-anxiety hits).
To get the book and read other reviews, click here: The Invisible String