The Longest, Strongest Thread (Hardcover)

The Longest, Strongest Thread By Inbal Leitner, Inbal Leitner (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Longest, Strongest Thread (Hardcover)

By Inbal Leitner, Inbal Leitner (Illustrator)


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Fans of the Invisible String will love this story about a grandmother and granddaughter who must find different ways to stay connected even when they are far apart.

A little girl is moving far away from Grandma. Neither wants to say goodbye. But when Grandma brings the girl into her sewing room, she shows her that they have the longest, strongest thread in the whole world to keep them connected. Full of hope and heart, this book reminds kids that family connections transcend physical separation, no matter how far apart we are.

Inbal Leitner studied classic animation at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She uses varied techniques such as acrylic, pastels, watercolor, printmaking, collage and mixed media in her artwork. Inbal lives in Cambridge, England, with her family.

Product Details ISBN: 9781623543594
ISBN-10: 1623543592
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English
Saying goodbye to Grandma before a big move is hard.

Grandma’s cozy sewing studio is filled with snug bolts of fabric and endless spools of thread. The child narrator, whose family is moving to “where the lakes freeze in winter,” will miss Grandma very much. Grandma busies herself sewing a special project while her grandchild plays with fabric scraps to ease anxiety. First, tiny hands create a small map so Grandma always knows the way to the new house. Then, because it is so far away, a lumpy little airplane is stitched so Grandma always has transportation. The youngster imagines holding a strong magnet that will pull Grandma (and her sewing pins) directly to the child whenever needed. Grandma’s strong, capable hands make a warm coat for those cold winter months, and Grandma gently explains while sewing the final button, “We are connected by the longest, strongest thread in the whole world.” Circles of blue swoop around the two; another spread shows Grandma holding one end of a thread and the child holding the other. Fabric textures and layers saturate the art, standing out starkly against the vast, white backdrop, with bold yet soothing pops of yellow and blue standing out. Grandma and her grandchild have skin that’s the white of the paper. The idea of people being linked by a thread of connection isn’t new, but it’s comforting just the same.

Deeply woven with love. (Picture book. 3-6)

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