An Invisible Thread Christmas Story

A true story based on the #1 New York Times bestseller

An Invisible Thread Christmas Story

Illustrated by: Barry Root
For Ages: 4 - 8
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of An Invisible Thread comes the true, heartfelt, and extraordinary story of how one woman’s decision to help a boy on the street changed both of their lives forever.

New York Times bestselling author Laura Schroff tells the remarkable story of her lifelong friendship with a boy named Maurice who she met on the street while he was asking for change in her book, An Invisible Thread.

Now, in this sweet picture book, Laura retells the first Christmas that she and Maurice spent together. She shares how Maurice gave her a small white bear and, as she later learns, the only thing he had that he could truly call his own—to show her how grateful he was for their friendship. This heartwarming tale captures the true meaning of the holidays and will be one you’ll want to share with your family year after year as a reminder that a gift from the heart is always the best present under the tree.
  • Little Simon | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481419307 | 
  • September 2015 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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An Invisible Thread Christmas Story

By Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Illustrated by Barry Root


About the Book

Alone and hungry, eleven-year-old Maurice stood unnoticed on a New York City street corner, asking strangers for spare change to buy food. People passed by him, as if he were invisible, until a woman passed him, then doubled back to look him in the eyes. She offered him a meal, words of hope, and eventually friendship. In this sweet picture book, Laura Schroff retells the first Christmas that she and Maurice spent together, which was the first time Maurice celebrated the holiday, and the first time he ever received a present. She shares how Maurice in turn gave her a small white bear—which she later learns is the only thing he had that he could truly call his own—to show her how grateful he was for all that she’s done for him.

This true account based on a story from the original book for adults, #1 New York Times bestselling An Invisible Thread, shows how small acts of kindness and a helping hand can change lives. It is a moving Christmas story that goes beyond the holiday season and offers inspiration to last through the year with its example of openheartedness and kindness.  

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About the Authors

Laura Schroff
© Jennifer Tonetti Spellman

Laura Schroff

Laura Schroff is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history—InStyleTeen People, and People StyleWatch. Schroff has also worked as the New York Division Manager at People magazine and as Associate Publisher at Brides magazine. She lives in Westchester, New York.

Alex Tresniowski
Photograph by Lorraine Stundis

Alex Tresniowski

Alex Tresniowski is a former human-interest writer at People and the bestselling author of several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie Public Enemies. His other titles include An Invisible ThreadWaking Up in Heaven, and The Light Between Us.