The Invisible String

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Little, Brown and Company for Young Readers Author: Patrice Karst

Liza and Jeremy, twins, were awakened one night by a storm. “Mommy!” they cried and ran to her. “Don’t worry,” she told them. “It’s the storm making all that noise. Go back to bed.” But they were scared. She went on to reassure the children that no matter what, they were “always together.”

She explained that an invisible string links them. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special string made of love,” she said. “Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it with your heart and know you’re always connected.”

The kids went on to ask about whether it works when they’re at school. Does it go to a cat? How far can it reach? Does it stretch down deep in the ocean? High up on mountains? “Anywhere,” Mom told them. And to everyone. Not even anger can break the string.


Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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