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by Michael O. Tunnell

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Title:Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover))
Authors:Michael O. Tunnell
Info:Charlesbridge Publishing (2010), Edition: New, Hardcover, 110 pages
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Tags:5th and up, novel, non fiction

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



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Candy Bomber is a historical non-fiction novel. It is a story about Gail Halvorsen who is a United States air pilot. He is stationed in Berlin after it has been bombed. Halvorsen wants to see the devastation of the city so he goes around sight seeing and sees some children behind a fence. He talks to them and these children rather suffer than be under the rule of Russia. This inspires Halvorsen and he gives the children two sticks of gum he has in his pocket. Instead of the children fighting over the two sticks of gum they pass it around and share it. This would start Halvorsen's career as the Chocolate pilot. The candy drops were a sign of hope to the children and the parents in Berlin. Without hope the soul would die. ( )
  Sleco | Oct 2, 2015 |
Although this text is appropriate for a lower grade than I currently work with, I am always looking for books that cover the content, but are written at a more accessible level. This book is intended fro grades 4-7, but could be used to support struggling readers or students who are learning English as a second language at the high school level too. The text is accessible and provides students with an in-depth look into an event many students have very little information about. Although textbooks cover the Berlin Airlift, most do not mention the "Candy Bomber" and if they do it is very brief. This text could be used to supplement the textbook during a unit on the Cold War or could be used to support struggling readers. This could also be used in a leadership course to demonstrate how one person can have a profound impact on the lives of many. The text includes a diagram of the flight pattern, Lt. Halvorsen's personal photographs, and letters and drawings from the children.
  bflanagan | Jul 31, 2015 |
An amazing historical fiction children's book, this story includes pictures from 1948-1949, and tells the tale of US Air Force Pilot Gail Halverson and his drops to the children in the recovery after WWII in Berlin. ( )
  jlaurendine | May 6, 2015 |
This book tells the effort of a pilot who wanted to bring hope to the children of Germany after WWII. Lt. Gail Halverson flew is aircraft over the children and released candy to them. One small act made a difference to the children. This act made them forget about their lives after the war just for a few minutes, giving them hope. I never heard about Lt. Halverson doing this until I was exposed to this book. ( )
  sottallah | May 6, 2015 |
This book had to be one of my favorites, it was so inspiring! Gail Halvorson is a pilot in the US Air Force, who during WWII would drop candy to the children of Berlin from his plane. This story not only tells one of inspiration, but also one of devastation. From this book you can learn a lot about the implications WWII took on Berlin, from the wall, to the air lifts for food, it is all pretty sad. Although this book does show a bright light through Halvorson, you learn so much more.

Teaching Ideas: WWII, creative activities (make parachutes)
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
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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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2 editions of this book were published by Charlesbridge.

Editions: 1580893368, 1580893376

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