The Invisible String

The Invisible String


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With 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!

Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared The Invisible String the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can't see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach? Does it ever go away? This heartwarming picture book for all ages explores questions about the intangible yet unbreakable connections between us, and opens up deeper conversations about love.

Recommended and adopted by parenting blogs, bereavement support groups, hospice centers, foster care and social service agencies, military library services, church groups, and educators, The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times. This special paperback edition includes includes vibrant new illustrations and an introduction from the author.

"This book is a beautiful way to begin to try, as parents, to instill in children the impenetrable power of the heart, the energy of love, and the flow that can be felt from the grace in every moment." —Tony Robbins

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875167343
Publisher: DeVorss & Company
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 19,087
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patrice Karst is the author of The Invisible String and The Smile That Went Around the World. Her adult books include God Made Easy and The Single Mother's Survival Guide. Born in London, England, she now lives in Ventura, California, and is the mother of one grown son. She invites you to visit her online at

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books including the new edition of The Invisible String and the Invisible String Workbook, as well as Stacy McAnulty's Beautiful and Brave. Born in Malaysia, she grew up in Los Angeles, studied at the Art Center College of Pasadena, and now lives in Amsterdam. Her website is

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The Invisible String 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 2 years ago to my daughter who had 2 boys under 5 yrs of age - now my other daughter needs it for her 3 yr old, so am sending her one also. The books gives the children comfort and assurance.
BookGirlToo More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic title, recommended and used by Texas Children's Hospital locations in Houston, TX and Katy, TX, to help allieviate separation anxiety when a parent must be separated from the children due to an illness of a sibling, or a temporary separation in the hospital setting. Please consider this title and donate it for the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive for TCH at the Champions Village store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughters loced this book.  Aside from the fact that is just a nice story, it helped them with the idea that they are never really alone - at night, away at school, wherever.  It also, most unexpectedly, helped when their Grandfather died.  They were able to believe that the invisible string really does reach to heaven, and it made it a tiny bit easier for them.  I've given this book as a gift several times, both for birthdays and for sad occasions, and have gotten good feedback from other moms too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago