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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

by Margot Theis Raven

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Summary: This book is a sweet story about one little girl, Mercedes, and her love for the “Chocolate Pilot.” Gail Halvorsen brought hope to the children of the decimated city of Berlin following World War II. As starvation was quickly becoming a reality for the West Berliners who refused to bow under the cruel control of Soviet Union, Mercedes met an American pilot who was willing to share his gum with her. He brought hope to her and the children of Berlin. More gum and more candy arrived shortly thereafter.

Personal Response: I enjoyed the oil paint illustrations, and the gentility of this story. This is a story for young children as well as older students. It shows that there truly are heroes in this world, and it only takes one small act of kindness to truly make a difference in another person’s life. This book was simplistic and personal. It was written from Mercedes’ point of view (based on her true story) and how a stick of gum brought about a lifelong friendship with the pilot who brought hope to a little girl growing up in post-war Berlin and the dreadful hardships she endured. It was a gentle and nice alternative book to the “Candy Bomber” book that is more factual and detailed.

Curriculum Connection: I am using this book in conjunction with The Candy Bomber, book mentioned above. This gives a single child’s view of the Berlin Airlift and the pilot who made it his specific mission to give hope to the children of Berlin. Offering different perspectives of the same story for students is important. We each learn in different ways, and my hope is that between both of these stories, and including my own mother’s perspective on such an inspiring story from history will help my own 6th grade students recognize the important difference that one small act of kindness can truly make in the ( )
  rjrubylou | Apr 3, 2017 |
The theme of this book is most closely related to having a good heart. The chocolate pilot had a huge heart that reached all around the war stricken area. ( )
  glguerra | Oct 12, 2015 |
This is a true story about a young girl named Mercedes, who was affect by World War II. She lives in Berlin. Mercedes mother tells her about the chocolate pilot and Mercedes also sees him flying over her house everyday. She witnesses a chocolate drop, however a taller boy reached over her and he grabbed the chocolate. So Mercedes writes the chocolate pilot, Gail Havorsen, multiple times and he finally sends her a package. her package not only contains chocolate but gum and lifesavers. Later on in her life Mercedes grows up to become a pilot herself. Her and Gail Havorsen even have a meal together in the future. One simple act of kindness can impact a persons life. ( )
  Sleco | Oct 8, 2015 |
Mercedes is among the children in Berlin who received candy and food during the Airlift following WWII. But when she tried to get a candy bar after a drop-off a taller boy grabbed it from her, so Mercedes decided to write a letter to the pilot asking to drop a parachute of candy at her home, which he did.
  E_McGriff | Aug 13, 2015 |
Mercedes is a young girl who witnesses a pilot fly over her house everyday. One day she read about how the pilot drop a bunch of candy pouches over a town. She wanted some of the candy he was dropping, but he never dropped any by her house. So she wrote a letter asking him to drop some candy to her house. One day she comes home and there is a package full of gum and candy just for her. This shows how if you really want something go about achieving that goal no matter what obstacles stand in your way. ( )
  amartino1208 | Apr 28, 2015 |
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The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.

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