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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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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 2016-11-10 23:33
Mailing May!
Mailing May - Michael O. Tunnell

I LOVE Mailing May!! I used this book in a lesson about questioning, but this book lends itself greatly to teach about the U.S. Postal Service and how to mail a letter. I would use this book to teach how to write a letter and how to address it and mail it. I had my kiddos fill out their own postal tags to mail themselves and they LOVED it!! I would use this book in 3 grade or above! 

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review 2016-03-17 12:46
Mailing May - Michael O. Tunnell

Mailing May is a true story of a little girl that is mail by train, as live stock, to her family. This is a book I will use for a "mini book" lesson for 3rd grade. It will be a great way for the students to understand a variety of things: sequence of events, understanding, comprehension, and writing. I also love this book as a whole group read. If you haven't read this I highly recommend it. 

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review 2011-03-21 00:00
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot"
Candy Bomber - Michael O. Tunnell This is a book about heroism. Not the hollow Jack Bauer style of heroism, but the quiet, ordinary type that all of us could aspire to. In July of 1948, Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen dropped three little bundles of candy via parachute to waiting children in Berlin, beginning what grew into Operation Little Vittles. Halvorsen didn't have permission to drop chocolates from his plane. No orders to had come down as part of a propaganda campaign--his was a simple act of kindness. Word of his action spread, and over the next sixteen months 25 plane crews dropped 23 tons of sweets, bringing hope to Berlin's children.If, like me, you're weary of our daily bombardment of bad news, read this book. It reminded me that one person acting with simple human kindness can still improve the world.
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