Thread Girl The Brave Book

Meet Thread Girl


On her adventure through the galaxy she discovers how to catch meltdowns before they catch her…

Turn messy feelings into power and purpose…

… and help your light-filled little ones learn to cope with overwhelming emotions.

It’s time to shine a light on meltdowns, and see what’s inside. To unravel tummy knots, and feel the still warmth of your soul.


Thread Girl shows you how to make friends with meltdowns, one feeling at a time, so you can…

  • identify emotions
  • turn feelings into words
  • express creatively
  • develop self-understanding
  • stay grounded and present
  • focus inward and breathe

She illustrates the nuts and bolts of a tantrum, and shows you how to turn chaos into a creative playground.

Parents, teachers, and therapists can use Thread Girl The Brave to start conversations about feelings, and nurture emotional literacy in children.

Your child’s sensitivity is a superpower, once they have the tools to work with it.


“In this lovely tale, Mhairi James makes the complicated, and sometimes daunting cognitive process of identifying feelings, and then sorting and labeling them both fun and very doable for any reader. In addition, her plucky heroine, who is gorgeously illustrated, narrates a timeless story that is an enjoyable and valuable resource for teachers, therapists, and parents alike.”

—Sarah Berry Tschinkel, LCSW-R, LP | Licensed Jungian Psychoanalyst

"This book combines emotional power with aesthetic beauty. The illustrations and text brilliantly convey a message of hope and empowerment. I highly recommend it."

—Dr. Frank Rubenfeld, Co-Founder of the Bay Area Gestalt Institute

"Every person young and old who seeks to understand themselves should read Thread Girl the Brave. Mhairi James' elegant words and illustrations are inspiring and meaningful."

—Wilma Hawkins, RN Pediatric Nurse

"Brilliant! Teachers! This should be in classrooms!"

—Kacey Morabito Grean, 100.7 WHUD Host of Shine On Health and Happiness T.V. and Radio Shows


“Thread Girl the Brave is a vibrant and honest book that speaks to overwhelming emotions that can affect us all, adults and children alike. The story offers creative, imaginative ways to organize the untied threads that are part of growing up. It is a remarkable, fun, and inspiring tale!”
—Kathy Curto, writer, professor, teaching artist