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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky Hardcover – Import, 1 April 2002

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Gr. 2-5. In 1948, Stalin blockaded Berlin, so for more than a year, British and American planes airlifted tons of food and supplies to the city. An American pilot named Halvorsen also dropped candy and gum in little parachutes to the children of Berlin. They wrote letters to the "Chocolate Pilot." Young Mercedes longs for chocolate, too, but she's worried that the planes overhead are keeping their chickens from laying precious eggs. She gets a reply from the pilot with a package of candy for her very own. A note sets the historical context for this story based on a real-life incident, and an epilogue tells how Mercedes and Halvorsen met many years later. The pictures are handsome and naturalistically rendered; the prose is a bit overwrought, but the story comes through. Although the book is designed as a picture book for older readers, good beginning readers may be able to handle this on their own. GraceAnne DeCandido
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..."Beautifully written and illustrated, this remarkable true story will linger with readers on many accounts."
-- "Courier-Express (DuBois, PA)" (December 19, 2002)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press; 2nd ed. edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1585360694
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1585360697
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 499 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 27.94 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
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