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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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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 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it was such an inspiration to read this picture book novel. This book entails the somewhat brighter side of the bombing in Berlin, Germany during the second world war. This story focuses on the touching story of a young girl and a candy bomber flyer during the bombing. This story is a great history lesson that shows the somewhat brighter side with children during the bombing. This is an excellent representation of being grateful for the little things in life. I would read this book to a group of fourth graders because I feel as though they would understand the concept of world war two.
  mbabst | May 3, 2015 |
Gail Halvorson is a pilot that works for the United States Air force, and he flies to Germany in 1948. In Germany he decides he wants to see the city of Berlin, and when he takes pictures of some destroyed places he sees some kids behind a fence. Gail talks to the kids, and the kids express their desires about freedom. The kids are hungry, but they rather suffer than be under Russia’s power. Gail has two pieces of gum, and he gives them to the children. He also promises to the children that he will drop candy and gum from his plane to the children. At that time chocolate was very valuable, but Lt. Gail dropped all of his ratio of candy that he got as a soldier. Lt. Gail became famous because of his great deed, and many candy companies donated for his cause. He made many children happy, and the children thanked him until he was very old. The book provided many details of World War two, and that was helpful to understand the story. The pictures of the children at the fence produced many emotions for me, and the parachutes that Lt. Gail threw from his plane provided hope. It is amazing that Lt. Gail is still flying planes and helping kids in other countries. The book gave me a message of hope and it will be a great book for kids. Kids could learn some details about War World Two. ( )
  memaldonado | Apr 26, 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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