The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (illustrator),

Book cover of The Invisible String

Book description

With over 400,000 copies sold, this accessible, bestselling picture book phenomenon about the unbreakable connections between loved ones has healed a generation of readers--children and adults alike--and has been updated with new illustrations and an afterword from the author. Now available in paperback for the first time!

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Why read it?

5 authors picked The Invisible String as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is a touching children’s book that helps to teach young children about the connections they have with others in their lives.

The metaphor used in the book is about an invisible string that connects the child to other people they love. The book is so poignant in its simplicity – the message is concrete enough for a young child to understand, providing them with language they can use to describe their ongoing emotional connection to a caregiver during a time of separation, or why it hurts when someone they loved is no longer there.

I have found that reading…

I read this book after publishing my own book about grief and why I loved it so much was because the author has a similar vision of people, things, and the world. Reading the story I had the impression that I was reading my own mind. I think this book explains very well to the reader how important love is to keep the connection among those who are separated alive. This story is written in a comforting and entertaining way and I believe it helps heal wounds after a loss.

While this book isn’t directly about fostering or adopting, it deals with a theme that every foster child, adopted child, birth parent, foster parent, and adoptive parent will experience: attachment. The Invisible String gives kids and their adults language and visuals for framing separation as being held together by an invisible string, always connecting us to the ones we love, regardless of the cause of separation. This book is a wonderful tool for imagining what keeps us connected and helping children to experience their traveling “bond.” This “string” not only plays into their relationships with birth family but new family…

From Marcy's list on for foster and adoptive families.

Families will be torn apart during the zombie apocalypse, both literally and figuratively. Distance or death will separate children from most (if not all) of those they love. In either case, feeling linked to those no longer near will be an essential part of the healing process. The picture book, The Invisible String, is a story of love, separation, and loss. It handles the topic beautifully. I recommend it often, especially to those wanting to help children cope with the death of a loved one.

From Steven's list on surviving a zombie apocalypse.

This is such a beautiful tale of a mother comforting her children by explaining that they are always connected by an invisible string. As a mother of three, I have often told my own children a similar fact: We are forever connected, and I will always remain in your heart, even if I am not with you. I love that message that is contained in The Invisible String, reminding readers that we are always close to those we love. 

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