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In this heartwarming story, Karst ("God Made Easy") delivers a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, written with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. For Adults Too!

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Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by DeVorss & Company
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Camie
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Buying copies of this cute children's book for several Grandchildren that have recently or are just about ready to move out of State. The basic context is that of a string, a magic and invisible string , which connects us all to the ones we love. It's the very ticket (a comforting story) for someone who needs to know that no matter how far away they go... Our love goes with them. Applicable for many kinds of loss or fear that a child/ person might have. It does make mention of heaven ( just on o ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
The Invisible String is a comforting story about two siblings who learn that everyone has an invisible string that connects them to everyone they love, anywhere, anytime. You are never alone. The people who love you here and those who have passed away are never far because if you tug on this invisible string they can feel it in their hearts.

This is a remarkable message for children who feel lonely, scared, anxious, worried, etc. and this reassuring feeling could help a child cope with a variety
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The Styling Librarian
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, illustrated by Geoff Stevenson – Published in 2000, part of my social skills/feelings book purchases. This is a delicate, beautiful story about how twins realize there is an invisible string connecting all people who love one another… you can feel it in your heart and always be connected, even from afar. Beautiful. Delicate. Perfect for: dealing with loss, moving, friendship issues, family problems, nighttime fears… Quite the special book.
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Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
The Invisible String Written by: Patricia Karst & Illustrated by: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Ages: 6-9 Grades: First Grade-Third Grade Paperback (slightly oversized)
The Invisible String is not outright a Valentine’s Day book. However, this is a powerful story about love even if the person is not physically there. This book deals with separation anxiety, loneliness, and loss. It briefly alludes to loss caused by death in a non-religious way.

Please see the full post with Valentine's Day activities for
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Abbi
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As I get ready to deploy again, I find that there are hardly any books that discuss MOMMY leaving. I found this to be a great substitute. We love it! My boys are 2 and 5. The younger one doesn't grasp the concept but the older one loves it!
TLBC
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, childrens
I recently read this book to my five year old daughter and cried. It was a sweet heartwarming story. I highly recommend it, especially if your child has recently lost a loved one or dealing with separation anxiety. It is such a wonderful message for kids.
WheeldonHS
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet book that reminds us that so long as we are loved then we are never truly alone.

The book does mention heaven on one page which may be a consideration for secular families however you can easily skip over it.
Janine
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-lucian
Such a beautiful book, I loved this so much. My little guy was interested and loved the pictures.
Islam Ahmed
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-pictures
this is the best children book I read

" Love is stronger than anger, and as long as love is in your heart, the String will always be there"




Madison Delaney
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a children's book, this is fantastic. It is well-illustrated, and effectively conveys the emotional connections and ties of affection and love that bind us to others, an important lesson for children around story time age.

This book even proved useful to me. I happened to remember my mother giving me this because she found it powerful, and I remembered right at a time that memories of an isolated time in my life came flooding back to me. This book was exactly what I needed, and reminded me tha
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Robin Spencer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’re all connected

This book is good for children who have any kind of attachment anxiety, who might be missing a friend or loved one, or who needs support in a difficult situation, like being hospitalized. Then, all a person in the know has to do is pinch their fingers together and the child can imagine a tug on their heart.
Adrian
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heart warming.
Scott
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book about being loved even when separated.
Denise Menger
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, family, connection, separation anxiety
Mary
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read The Invisible String last year, when my daughter's preschool teacher read it with her students as they transitioned into being at school, many for the first time. I then revisited it earlier this year, when a dear family lost their young father to cancer, and my friend read this with her little ones as they grieved. No matter the situation, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, oroginally illustrated by Geoff Stevenson, has a powerful message for young children-- they are always co ...more
Martina R
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The inside cover page reveals the purpose of the book “to calm a child’s fear of being apart from the one’s they love.” The art is a mix of water color and pen-work with drawn out cartoon like people and rooms. There are gaps in many of the pen line, which contributes to the feeling of uneasiness. The style reminds me of a 90s picture book but this book was published in 2000, so it lines up with the popular illustrations at the time. As for the moral of the story, this book really explicitly des ...more
Ann Marie Denson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Theme: The major theme of this book is the power love embodies to overcome worry and loneliness to bind people together.

Summary: Two twins, Liza and Jeremy long for their mother's comfort during a big, frightening storm. Their mom used this situation to share an invisible string with them so they can feel her presence in their room without her being there. She promised Liza and Jeremy that this invisible string of love connects people together wherever they go, and that they never have to be al
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Olivia Webster
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grief, loss, love
This book is a touching story about two children who learn about an "Invisible String", which helps them to visualize their connection to those who they love, even in their loved ones' absence. While the book is not specifically about grief, it touches on the love that can be felt between those near and far, even those who have passed on. The book also includes love for animals, love for those who we are angry with, and love across both physical distance and across life and death. The book is a ...more
Zoe Hickey
This book tackles a problem which some children may face. The fear of loneliness. Reading this book can reassure children that no matter where they are their parents love them and the invisible string is a beautiful metaphor. The book also talks about people who have passed away that still have the invisible string, parents being angry but still loving their children and when they are older and fall out with one another. Every child deserves to hear this story and know that they are all loved.
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Vaden Ellwanger
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: A mom teaches her two twins the magic of the invisible string that is love. The children ask the mom all kinds of questions about how far the string will reach and who has strings. Then, they realize that everyone has strings connected to each other and as long as they love one another they will have strings forever. The ending message is that no one is alone.

Theme: The theme is love and unity.

Response: I really liked this book because it presented a new way of thinking about the abstr
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Ana LibrariAna
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heavy rain and thunder woke the twins up from their nights sleep. Afraid, they called for their mother. Even after their Mom explained to them that it is just a storm, the twins were still afraid and wanted to be close to their Mom. When Mom said that they are always together, no matter what, they asked how is that even possible when she is out here and they are in bed.
Holding something in front of them, Mom said it is time for her to tell them something her Mom first told her when she was abou
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Christy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: concept-books, death
In this heartwarming story, Karst ("God Made Easy") delivers a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, written with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember.
Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or d
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Ashlyn Stevens
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
This was a good book. This book is for children who struggle with separation. This book is about a little boy and girl who wake up during a thunderstorm and run downstairs to be comforted by their mother. There mom tells them to both go back to their bed but they told their mom that they wanted to stay with her. The mother let her children know that they are together no matter what. They wondered how they could be together when mom is out in the living room and they are in their beds. This is wh ...more
Camryn Grider
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Challenges/Issues
Awards: N/A
Audience: Ages 4-8

A) The primary issue or challenge in this book is dealing with the fear of being alone or separated from someone you love.

B) I would use this book with a group as young as kindergarten. The words are few and to the point, while the illustrations are sweet and depict the characters' emotions. The storyline is relatable to children in that they have been afraid of being alone at some point. The concept of the "invisible string" is comforting to
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Peyton
When I was growing up and learned about the Romantic poets and I immediately believed that I, myself, was a romantic. Now, after reading “The Invisible String” I realize that I am actually a cynic.

“The Invisible String” explains the idea that everyone is connect to the ones they love through an invisible string that stretches between their hearts. Through this idea, you learn that no one is alone and that everyone is connected.

I read the story and thought that it was okay and made sense for a
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Taryn Grant
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Karst weaves the story of the invisible string. Two children wake up from a storm and go to their mom to be comforted. When they don't want to leave her side, she tells them how they always have an invisible string and they are connected together. Mom explains the string can "reach anywhere and everywhere". A great picture book for those kiddos who have anxiety away from their parents or beginning new situations. It reminds me a lot of the Kissing Hand, but with people. The story also delicately ...more
Lillian
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grief
There are many reasons I liked this book but the main reason is it's perfect for any age in any situation where you want to enforce the idea that we are never truly alone. It can be used as a gift for children dealing with separation, or from a person who is dying to a loved one who will be left behind. It is perfect for children working through grief. It's even great as a coffee table book. The soft colored drawings captivate and invite engagement.

As a plus, I like the coated paperback, 2018 v
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Lisa
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt the first book I'd recommend to anyone who has a child in their life that says they miss someone. The person could be:

Living in another state
Deceased
Incarcerated
Away on business
or even just at work for the day

It provides the child with validation of this feeling, and details a simple way the child to connect with their loved one by pulling on their (heart)string. My granddaughter was constantly saying she missed her mommy and I was looking for a way to help her work throu
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Jana
This sweet picture book shares an important message of the connections we have with those we love and the transcendent power of love. Liza and Jeremy, the twins, are awakened in the night by a loud thunderstorm. Frightened they run to their mother who reassures them that there is an invisible string of love that connects them with her and all of those that they love and that they are never alone in their fears. This would be a great book to share as a bedtime story. It also would be a good read ...more
Christine
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first bought this book to read to the kids when my mom was dying of cancer a few months ago and we were looking for a gentle way to talk about death and how love lives on. I read it to the kids again after social distancing started as a reminder to them that even though we are not able to be together physically we are always with each other because we are all conneceted by the invisble strings of love. This brought a comfort to the kids that they really needed at this time. I highly recommend ...more
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Patrice Karst is best known as the author of her best-selling children’s classic, THE INVISIBLE STRING. Her other books include THE SMILE THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD, GOD MADE EASY and THE SINGLE MOTHER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE. A well loved public speaker, Patrice has been featured in and on hundreds of television and radio shows, newspapers and magazine across the country, including MSNBC, CBS, C-SPAN, A ...more

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