How appropriate a book for the day after Halloween when all the kids in your libraries/classrooms/houses are on a complete sugar high from all the candy they got in their buckets last night!
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" is written by Michael O. Tunnell and tells us of Lt. Gail Halvorsen a pilot during the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940's and his mission to bring some joy to the children of Berlin.
Halvorsen was a member of the United States Air Force and witnessed the poverty and sadness that filled children's lives at the hands of the Soviets after WWII. It started with bringing food amenities to the people of Berlin and on one particular stop Halvorsen saw the faces of the hungry and broken children and handed the crowd of them the two sticks of gum he had in his pocket. When Halvorsen saw the children break the two pieces of gum into enough pieces for everyone to have taste, rather than arguing and fighting over them, he knew he wanted to do something more.
Halvorsen turned an ordinary cargo plane and began dropping candy in small parachutes to the children, brightening not only their lives, but all those living in Berlin.
Written in a very readable and interesting manner, the author has mixed a lot of facts regarding WWII, the state of Berlin during the late 1940's, and the involvement of American troops with the Halvorsen's incredible "Candy Bomber" story.
Lots of photos are also included, as well as an author's note and an update sharing where Gail Halvorsen is now. Everything is in black and white, which isn't the most interesting to look at, but the story is amazing and the writing very well done. Schools and libraries should definitely have a copy of this and teachers should consider studying this fantastic story in their classrooms. It was so nice to read a WWII story with a happy ending!
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot"
Michael I. Tunnell
Review copy provided by publisher