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A Name from the Sky

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This is an adorable story, a great classroom book as well. The story of the name can support most social emotional lesson plans.

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A Name from the Sky is a very sweet book by Diane Kruger. A Name from the Sky is a story of how the Author and her daughter got their names and what they mean. This book is fun and sweet read. I believe it would be perfect for any type of story time. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. My review is also on Goodreads.

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Thank you to the author, Astra Publishing House and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This children's book may seem a bit like a vanity project at first glance, but I loved the way the author told her story. As a young girl, she felt keenly that she didn't fit in, because her first name was unusual and different from all the names around her. Once her mother explained the meaning behind her name, and why it was chosen for her, she found confidence and pride - and blossomed in discovering her gifts and talents. The book ends with how the author chose a meaningful name for her own daughter. The illustrations are gentle and loving, as is the tone of the book.

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This is a Children's book that I read to my twin boys. This book is all about a little girl that did not feel she fit in, and she did not know why her name was not like any of her friends. I loved seeing this little girl find the meaning behind her name, and she found where she could shine in the world. I loved the message in this book, and this book was written so beautifully. My boys really enjoyed this book too. I also enjoyed the pictures in this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Astra Publishing House) or author (Diane Kruger) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

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Diane Kruger’s A NAME FROM THE SKY is cute, but the story really fell flat for me. It felt like a very generic growing up and accepting yourself story that is only really being published because a famous actor wrote it. The illustrations were by far the best part of the book; they are absolutely stunning, showcasing immense talent and skill on behalf of Christa Unzner, but that doesn’t make up for the lack of connection I felt to the story. There are much better picture books out there for accepting yourself and about the meaning of names.

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Written by actress Diane Kruger, this one is stunningly beautiful. A little girl grows up in Germany with her bestfriend and pet bunny, Benny, who is her companion everywhere she goes. The little girl is a little different and doesn’t enjoy playing most of the games her peers do, just as , besides Benny, she doesn’t appear to have a lot friends. Her friends are the characters she reads about in books. She is also different because her name is Diane, a name that no one has ever heard of in her German village. Her mother eventually tells her about the powerful goddess in the sky she was named after – a woman who brought light and kindness everywhere she went, loved the forest, and cared for animals – just like little Diane. Her mother informs her that as she grows, she will come into powers of her own, powers that will change the world. A beautiful testament to the fact that it is okay to be different, and that we all will grow up to make the world a better place, based on individual strengths, talents, and kindnesses. This one is absolutely perfect in every way, and shows us that we will all eventually come into our own, in the most beautiful way imaginable.

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Perfectly fine book with good messaging overall, i just find it a little lackluster to read to children esp for the intended age-range.

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This was a cute story. My son enjoyed it and we’ve read it several times. The illustrations are nice as well. It’s a story to help a girl struggling to find herself and purpose. Great read.

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This is Diane Kruger’s autobiography. Diane grew up in a small village in Germany, where other children thought her strange, because of her unusual name, not sounding German. Her mom explained who she was named after – a powerful goddess, who was a fearless huntress, strong-willed, with magical powers. She was encouraged to use her own given powers.

One day, her dream of going to England came true. There, no one thought of her name as strange. She went to a theater, which inspired her to tell stories and make people laugh.

Thus, the moral of the story is to learn the meaning of your name and use your own special powers.

It is an interesting concept, of learning the origins of one’s name, to help one find the meaning in life. However, I wished that the meaning was even more reinforced in this story, how it shaped one’s life. I wanted more of that.

The illustrations are nice, but they don’t stand out in their originality.

Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Cute children's story about how special and unique you are. How unique our own names can be, and the special message it can bring. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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A Name from the Sky
by Diane Kruger

Astra Publishing House, mineditionUS
Children's Nonfiction

Coming - October 25th 2022

A story of one child’s journey to self acceptance, starting with her name.

“Why did I have to be Diane?”

What seems strange in the place she started is her biggest gift where she ends up.

“My best fiends were the characters in my books.”

“My mom showed me a book about a powerful goddess.”
“You see, Diane, you are named after her,”

The more information and experience we have the more we learn about ourselves as well.

“I can’t wait to watch you tell your stories.”

The authors way with words is very whimsical and yet constructive.

The message of accepting one’s differences and once’s gifts is neatly and sweetly delivered.

“Do you know the meaning of your name?

I gave this book 5 stars it is a very positive and simple message, delivered through a beautiful and attention grabbing story.

I would recommend this to anyone with young children as a positive addition to the social development pile.

Thank you NetGalley and Astra Publishing House for the e-book for my honest review

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'A Name from the Sky' is a lovely book detailing how the author, whose name is not common where she was born, found the power in it to become who she is meant to be. The art is dreamy and wistful, the prose is accessible and clear.

WHO SHOULD READ IT: This book will particularly resonate with younger children with unique names or those who have special meaning to their families. Additionally, those who need a confidence boost to wear their own skin with pride.

Thank you @Netgalley and @astrapublishinghouse for early access to this ARC in return for an unbiased and voluntary review

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

A Name From the Sky is a beautifully told and illustrated children's picture book about a little girl who was different from her peers and after finding out the true meaning of her name, found confidence, comfort and pride in herself. Many people don't look into the meaning of their name and this book encourages both children and adults alike to research their name meaning, as what may seem different, odd, boring or strange, might be just the thing to bring out who they truly are. This book tells also of the girls travels and marvels at the world around her, how she discovered her passion for acting and how she chose her own unique name for her own child. Such a beautiful book and a perfect one for bedtimes!

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Beautiful book with equally beautiful pictures. Perfect story book to activate one's imagination. Almost a real life fairy tail. Just lovely

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A powerfully emotional story of how a young girl received her name.

Many parents take time and much consideration to pick a name for their child. Family traditions, family names, special time and special places. So much goes into naming a beloved child. This is a story about how two mothers gave their daughters very special names and how those daughters learn the story behind their names and learn to use the special powers that is their birth rite.

A great story to share with any child and start a family discussion as to how their name was chosen. What a special story for all to share.

Grateful to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley & Astra Publishing

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This book tells the story of a girl who grew up in Germany with an uncommon name, Diane. When she asks her mom why she has the name that she does, her mom explains the meaning and reasoning behind the choice of name. When Diane grows up she begins to see all of the ways that her name represents her as a person and decides to choose a very meaningful, yet slightly less common, name for her daughter. The message in this book is that all names have meanings and sometimes having a less common name is a positive thing. It encourages readers to ask questions about their names and why they were chosen. As a grade 3 teacher I could see this book in my classroom library. We often spend time talking about backgrounds and cultures and one of the ways that we do this is to talk about where our names came from. I could see reading this book to my students as an introduction to a unit on learning about the meaning behind our names. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-10 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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As a child of the 80s, with a name like mine, I get the importance of a names meaning. (I got a lot of where Chachi growing up. Thanks Happy Days)

This was a sweet story about how a parent picks their child’s name. It was a wonderful way to start a conversation with your child. For example my son’s middle name is for his papaw that passed away. We were able to talk about Papaw and the meaning of the name.

The illustrations are calm and lovely.

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A Name from the Sky is about a young girl named Diane, and how her name's meaning empowers her to follow her dreams. I liked all of the adventures Diane went on to tell her stories. Lovely illustrations. I really appreciated the next generation as well, when Diane discussed her daughter's name Nova.

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