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by Michael O. Tunnell

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Title:Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
Authors:Michael O. Tunnell
Info:Charlesbridge Pub Inc (2010), Edition: New, School & Library Binding, 110 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:grades 4-6, nonfiction

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Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell




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A very fast nice read about the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot." This book is dedicated to everyone especially children who are curious about the world war that took place in Germany. The title of the book, "Candy Bomber" itself is a very interesting book that allows you to be immediately hooked. Their illustrations are marvelous which had me looking into them more than once. They clearly depict the war in a different light with the Germans happy that there was a candy bomber, sending gum, Hershey,s and all kind of classic bars to the German people. I recommend every Social Studies to assign this book when teaching about the World War. ( )
  sabdelaz | Apr 17, 2014 |
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" tells the true story of an operation within the Berlin Airlift, of a pilot named Gail Halvorsen who dropped candies and sweets for German children and inspired hope. The book has a number of beautiful black and white photos of German children, Lt. Halvorsen, and U.S. planes and related information to the "Little Vittles" campaign. It is a hopeful story and a little known one.

Candy Bomber has a varied list of secondary sources, but there is content derived from primary sources such as the hardback autobiography The Berlin Candy Bomber, written by Halvorsen, and personal interviews between Halvorsen and Candy Bomber author Michael O. Tunnell. Interestingly enough, Tunnell writes in an author's note that he first met Halvorsen when the retired pilot came to make a speech to a youth group at his church. Tunnell was interested in his story and they have been friends ever since. Their collaboration has worked to bring the story of the Candy Bomber to light. Tunnell is himself a professor of children's literature; together, he and the pilot who made the history have been qualified writers concerning this true to life tale, emphasizing accuracy and clarity. ( )
  jraley | Mar 17, 2014 |
This book uses lots of images to tell the story of the Berlin Airdrop and how a pilot dropped sweets for German children. There are black-and-white photos, copies of letters from the children and the pilot, and a diagram of the flight routes and candy drops. patterns worked.

Students would love this easy-to-read story and really enjoy the illustration. It can work as an interdisciplinary read for ELA, social studies, science, math, etc. It could also be used to teach social skills and how to care for people who are different or wouldn't typically be friends.

There are also copies of drawings children sent to Halvorsen. He was beloved and called many nicknames including "Chocolate Pilot," which is perhaps the most famous and "Uncle Wiggly Wings." For someone like me, who i snot really interested in history and has always struggle to pay attention, the author does a great job in using the story and its level- appropriate vocabulary to keep readers engaged. The back of the book contains very detailed notes and bibliographical information. there is historical background info, and the author's interview of Halvorsen for the book. A list of websites is also given along in a set of "Selected References" from which info and quotes are provided. There is also an author's note and a Prologue written by Halvorsen, himself. All these resources provide proof of the author's commitment to accuracy.
  kljohns8 | Feb 25, 2014 |
Reading Candy Bomber opened my eyes to foreign diplomacy. What a wonderful story of Gail Halvorsen dropping delicious candy bombs upon the children of in post-war Berlin. His risky act turned into a massive operation bringing candy and smiles into an area that had very little. I had no idea something like this happened before I read this book.

The author, Michael O. Tunnel, includes many letters and photos from Halvorsen’s days in Berlin as a well as a reference list at the end of the book. Tunnel used a plethora of primary sources including interviews with Mr. Halvorsen, letters written to Halvorsen, Halvorsen’s speeches, and photographs from the US military. The back cover mentions that Tunnel is a professor in children’s literature as well as an author of several books. Tunnel’s degree and field make him very qualified to write a wonderful and inspiring nonfiction book such as Candy Bomber. I would recommend Candy Bomber to anyone in the fifth grade and older.

I have also perused Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven. This is an illustrated book about Halvorsen’s relationship with one of the children of Berlin. I would recommend Raven’s book to children who are not yet on the reading level of Tunnel’s book. ( )
  mapalumbo | Feb 23, 2014 |
I was familiar with the story of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 – the effort by the Allied powers of World War II to use aircraft to circumvent a 16-month ground blockade of West Berlin by the Soviet Union. But until reading "The Candy Bomber," I was unfamiliar with the wonderful story of “Operation Little Vittles.”

On one of his first trips to Berlin, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gail Halvorsen, a pilot charged with flying food and other supplies to West Berlin, met some sad and hungry children along a fence at a Berlin airfield. To lift their spirits, Halvorsen decided on future trips to use parachutes made of handkerchiefs to drop chocolate and gum to the city’s children.

In time, other Americans began donating candy and handkerchiefs to the Candy Bomber’s cause, and the children of Berlin wrote him sometimes poignant, sometimes funny letters, giving him detailed maps and directions to their house in the hope he would drop some special treat their way.

Author Michael O. Tunnell gets the story of the Candy Bomber directly from Gail Halvorsen himself, still living in Utah at the age of 94. The book is illustrated with wonderful children's drawings, photos, and letters from Halvorsen’s personal collection, including his heartwarming correspondence with one German girl, whom Halvorsen would finally meet years later while traveling to Berlin for an Airlift anniversary.

A sweet story for children 8 and up, history classes studying the Cold War and post-WWII period, and anyone with a weakness for the triumph of ingenuity and the human spirit. ( )
  jpmeehan | Feb 22, 2014 |
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added by Katya0133 | editHorn Book, Susan Dove Lempke (Sep 1, 2010)
This is a real treat—a World War II title with a happy ending.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Eldon Younce (Jul 1, 2010)
[An] accessible and positive portrayal of a serviceman who wasn’t on the battlefield. Irresistible.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Kathleen Isaacs (Jun 1, 2010)
The abundance of war details aid in the transition from one chapter to the next but tend to overrun the telling, hampering narrative flow. Readers who stick with it, however, will gain a unusual perspective on the beginnings of the Cold War.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Jun 1, 2010)
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"World War II was over, and Berlin was in ruins. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. They were hungry and afraid. The young pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do?"--dust jacket flap.… (more)

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