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Die Geschichte der kleinen Berlinerin "Mercedes" ist gut als Kinderbuch in Szene gesetzt . Ist es doch ein wahre Geschichte eines kleinen Mädchens , die auch mal etwas vom "Rosinenbomber" der Luftbrücke abbekommen wollte. Weil das aber nie geschah, beschrieb sie in einem Brief an den Piloten , daß sie dort wohnt, wo die weißen Hühner im Hof scharren. So klappte es allerdings auch nicht mit einem Fallschirm mit Schokolade dran - aber es entstand eine lebenslange Freundschaft zwischen ihrer Familie und dem Piloten des Rosinenbomber . Eine schöne wahre Gescichte
I purchased this book as a gift for a senior citizen who is interested in WWII uplifting, heart-warming stories. This one is guaranteed to touch your heart, perhaps even bringing tears as you read it as it did for me. It is a "MUST READ" for all children and adults and will help them to better understand an important historical event. An American pilot, Lt. Gail S. Halverson was one of many American and British pilots who participated in this historical outpouring of humanitarianism known as the Berlin Airlift. While dropping needed food and other supplies over Berlin, Halverson also began dropping chocolate candy to give children a little bit of joy. He soon became known as the "chocolate pilot" to all the children who looked forward to his fly overs. In an unusual way, Mercedes, a seven-year-old child, was a recipient of Halverson's generosity, and eventually developed a life-long friendship with him.
I became acquainted with this book during a summer writing workshop for teachers at Walla Walla University in Washington State several years ago. I immediately fell in love with the story and began researching the history behind the events. Everything proved to be accurate. The author and illustrator are to be commended for producing a beautiful, hardcover book worth reading over and over again. I have especially enjoyed reading this book to students of all ages on Veterans Day. It is on my top ten list of all-time favorites.
I've loved the story of the Candy Bomber my whole life, this beautiful book tells the story from the children's point of view. The end of WWII and the start of the Cold War was a hard time in Europe. Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber, was a beautiful, bright ray of hope in that time for the children of East Berlin. If you don't know this story... you should!!!
This is a fabulous book! true and great story. I made faux- parachutes with napkins and M & M’s as the weight to fly the parachutes. The first grade class loved the book (I was Mystery Reader for my Grandson’s Class). The very sweet teacher let the children go outside to “fly” the parachutes and eat the M&M’s!
I shared this with my gifted students during our study of chocolate. It's a lovely story, well-written with vivid illustrations. They all enjoyed it, and I did too. I'm very happy to have this as part of my classroom library.
I love this nonfiction true story! I met the man it’s about (Gail Halvorsen) and he’s just as great as the story makes him to be. It has a lot of text so it would be for older kids and young readers who can handle almost a chapter book. Or read a page a day!