The Invisible Leash: A Story Celebrating Love After the Loss of a Pet Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of the modern classic and best-selling phenomenon The Invisible String comes a tender story about permanent loss that also celebrates the joy that animals give us in this life and beyond.
"When our pets aren't with us anymore, an Invisible Leash connects our hearts to each other. Forever."
That's what Zack's friend Emily tells him after his dog dies. Zack doesn't believe it. He only believes in what he can see. But on an enlightening journey through their neighborhood - and through his grief - he comes to feel the comforting tug of the Invisible Leash. And it feels like love.
Best-selling author Patrice Karst's gentle story uses the same bonding technique from her classic book The Invisible String to help listeners through the experience of the loss of a beloved animal.
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|Listening Length||14 minutes|
|Author||Patrice Karst, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 03, 2019|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Young Readers|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #156,349 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#231 in Audiobooks on Dogs for Children
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With that, what I did not like about this book was the dismissal of feelings by the parents and suggestion by them to get another dog. Likely, a parent is reading this book to the child and the child should feel supported by the parents and not provided an example of parents trying to cover up the feelings. As a psychologist, I felt this book was more to alleviate parents' anxieties around their child's feelings by telling them about the "great beyond." This book does little to normalize the feelings a child might have about death and loss and realistic questions they might have. Additionally, the book was very wordy, long, and really complicated for the suggested age group. I felt that the Mr. Rogers When a Pet Dies, does a much better job explaining the process of loss and the feelings associated with it particularly for a child. I can't recommend this book for children.
Other things to note:
The book mentions getting a new pet
While not specifically religious, the book discusses the "great beyond" and implies that the pets spirits have gone someplace although the where is not explicitly identified.
By Hippiewifey on August 18, 2020
The Invisible Leash is a story about a child, Zack, and his dog, Jojo who died of old age. Zack experiences a range of emotions from sorrow to anger. His family and friends try to cheer him up but Zack is not ready to be in a different emotional space. He even declines his favorite dessert, rainbow cupcakes. Zack remembers the good times with Jojo - hiking, playing Frisbee, and howling at the moon together. Zack’s friend, Emily, who has also lost a pet to death shows Zack the idea of an invisible leash that always connects us to our loved ones who have passed. Emily and Zack spend time at their treehouse discussing the invisible leash and how it works. “It’s a leash that connects our hearts,” explains Emily. The story ends with Zack hearing Jojo howling under a full moon while he watches the night through his bedroom window. A poignant piece to the story is that Patrice, the author, lost her dog, Jojo, while she was writing this book.
If your kids have lost a pet, this truly is a great way to help them through it. I also recommend "Why do things die" by Usborne Books. We read that one several times before our dog passed and read "The Invisible Leash" after. Both have really opened up the conversation about death in a light manner that kids can understand. Highly recommend.
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Lovely story and beautifully illustrated