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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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Here's an aspect of post WW2 that I never heard about, food and supply drops on Berlin, but especially candy drops for the children. Lt. Gail Halvorsen comes up with the idea of dropping candy from his C-54 after meeting several hungry children in Berlin. Candy is a scarce commodity in wartime and especially now with the Soviets trying to keep food deliveries from taking place. The idea takes off like gangbusters. What's wonderful about his story is not just the generosity but that Lt. Halvorsen is still very active, still flying, and still in touch with the people whose lives he touched over 50 years ago. Great non-fiction for kids and not just because of the idea of candy. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I didn't think I'd like this book too much. I usually get bored with histoy like books, this one really got my interest. It also easily evoked emotions. It is truly beautiful how selfless and generous the "chocolate pilot" is. ( )
  glguerra | Nov 28, 2015 |
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 |
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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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