Patrice Karst, author of the best- selling picture book, “The Invisible String,” introduces her newest creation, “The Invisible Leash,” to teach kids how to cope with the loss of a beloved pet. Complemented with touching illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, this story will help parents open up conversations about death, loneliness and the joy that animals bring us in life and beyond.
The book begins after Zach’s dog Jojo passes away. Zach has a tough time dealing with the loss. His friend Emily tries to comfort him by talking about the “invisible leash” connecting everyone to their pets no matter where they are in the world, and even when they have left it. Zach is skeptical at first: How can he be comforted by Jojo if he can’t be seen? Finally, though, with Emily’s encouragement, Zach begins to feel the comforting tug of Jojo’s leash and can sleep peacefully knowing Jojo is with him.
Karst and Lew-Vriethoff have created a resonant story for kids and parents alike. A creative approach to dealing with loss and loneliness, this book discusses important life lessons in a way that children can easily understand and relate to. The book’s powerful message reminds us that we will always be connected to the ones we love through life and death.