Sunday, January 16, 2011

Juvenile Book Review -- Candy Bomber

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Source:  Public Library

Mother/Daughter Book Club recommendation

With 2 sticks of chewing gum, Gail Halvorsen, an air force pilot, changed the course of thousands of lives of German children following the end of WWII. He started what would be called "Operation Little Vittles" an air drop of candy and chocolate from US bombers onto the city of Berlin.

Our Mother/Daughter book club is trying to incorporate more non-fiction into our reading repertoire, and this will be our recommendation on Tuesday night.

This was a perfect early/juvenile reader for an introduction to the history and aftermath of World War II.  And a testament to how one person can make a difference.

For more on the Berlin Airlift and the Candy Bomber, in his own words, please check out the related video:

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Helen's Book Blog said...

I've seen great video and interviews about this event, pretty amazing stuff!

Cindy Hudson said...

I haven't heard of this one before, but it does look like a good way to approach a real event in history. And with chocolate as a topic, it seems you can't go wrong with coming up with a treat to serve at book club.

Jeanette said...

I've already got this one on my list of books to read soon-ish. :-)