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review 2017-12-03 00:58
Candy Bombers
Candy Bombers - Robert Elmer
I had never heard of the Candy Bombers before so when I heard about this, I knew I had to read more about it. The idea of the Candy Bombers occurred after WWII when Berlin was divided amongst different countries and an American pilot decided to take matters into his own hands. This one individual started a movement, a movement to bring some happiness to the children in the area. His one small act touched the lives of many.
 
Erich and Katarina are two young teens living in Germany after WWII. They are living in the American section but their Oma refuses to move in with them, as she has roots in the area that she is living in. The teens know that the Americans have food at the airport and Erich has the idea to raid their stash of food. It sounds like a great plan until they get caught. The Americans scold the teens for their actions, give them a small portion of food and then send the teens on their way, telling them to get home. Erich has a huge heart as he instantly thinks of his Oma when he gets the food from the Americans and he wants to share it with her. Erich is determined to head back to the airport tomorrow to obtain more food but this time, as the teens check out a cargo plane for food, the plane begins takeoff. Stuck on the plane, the stowaways are scared of what awaits them aboard this plane.
 
It’s a interesting read and although it doesn’t give you much in-depth information about the Candy Bombers, you get a great adventure story and become a part of the Candy Bomber crew. I enjoyed the story, as I thought it was entertaining, adventurous and educational. A great book for young readers to find out about this event in history.

 

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review 2017-12-03 00:23
Candy Bomber The Story of Berlin's Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot'"
Candy Bomber - Michael O. Tunnell
I had never heard of the Candy Bombers before so when I heard about this, I knew I had to read more about it. The idea of the Candy Bombers occurred after WWII when Berlin was divided amongst different countries and an American pilot decided to take matters into his own hands. This one individual started a movement, a movement to bring some happiness to the children in the area. His one small act touched the lives of many.
 
In this novel, you get the full story. The author explains the division of Germany after WWII, the strategies that the Russians were creating to push other countries out of Germany and how these countries fought back. Gail Halvorsen was one of the pilots who fought against these plans and he flew supplies into West Berlin. One day while taking a side trip, Gail noticed some German children watching him from behind a wire fence. He had visited some sites in Germany and had returned to the runaway. He thought the children would be curious about the plane but these children had other concerns and stories to talk about. The children spoke freely and Gail listened. The war had been hard on these children but now, the life that they were living was just as hard. Gail was moved by these children and he knew he had to do something. Returning back to base, Gail sought out help from his crew and soon donations of candy and parachutes which were made from handkerchiefs were being dropped from his plane to children throughout different parts of Germany.
 
This was a fabulous story! I enjoyed reading how Operation Little Vittles started out with donations from his crew and then grew to a much bigger operation. What a sight that had to be, to see those parachutes coming out of the sky with little bits of treats attached to them. This story warmed my heart and to think that one individual started it because he cared. The book contains many black-and-white photos taken from this time period which was a fantastic bonus. This really is a wonderful novel to read and one that I highly recommend.

 

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quote 2017-11-22 20:12
The library is like a candy store where everything is free.

~ Jamie Ford

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review 2017-11-21 20:17
The Candy Bomber
Candy Bomber - Michael O. Tunnell

This was a great book. It says that it is written for a younger audience. I didn't even know that there was an adult version of the book. I had heard about the dropping of candy during the Berlin Airlift following WWII, but I didn't know that it was started because the children would rather go without than give up their freedoms. The stories of some of the kids holding onto parachutes because to them it represented freedom. What an awesome story and such an uplifting story. Definitely good for the children, but also good for adults who just want a quick read on what happened that might prompt them to read the adult version. 

 

 

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review 2017-11-03 21:53
Quick Read
Mountain Man Candy - Frankie Love Mountain Man Candy - Frankie Love

Mountain Man Candy by Frankie Love is fairly short, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  This book may be short but Clive and Hazel’s story is packed with drama, action, humor and sizzle.  I enjoyed this fun book and look forward to reading more from Frankie Love in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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