Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky


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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky by Margot Theis Raven, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky. Life was grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all ground routes coming in and out of Berlin to cut off West Berliners from all food and essential supplies. Without outside help, over 2.2 million people would die. Thus began the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue mission that utilized British and American airplanes and pilots to fly in needed supplies. As one of the American pilots participating in the Airlift mission, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen helped to provide not only nourishment to the children but also gave them a reason to hope for a better world. From one thoughtful, generous act came a lifelong relationship between Lt. Gail and the children of Berlin. This is the true story of a seven-year-old girl named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin during the Airlift and of the American who came to be known as the Chocolate Pilot. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen's evocative paintings illuminate Margot Theis Raven's powerful story of hope, friendship and remembrance. About the Author: Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for thirty years. She has won five national awards, including an IRA Teacher's Choice award. Ms. Raven earned her degree in English from Rosemont College and attended Villanova University for theater study, and Kent State University for German language. Ms. Raven splits her time living in Concord, MA, Charleston, SC and West Chesterfield, NH. About the Illustrator: Born in the Netherlands, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Holland. He immigrated to the United States in 1976, and years later he became a children's book illustrator. Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot is Nick's ninth children's book with Sleeping Bear Press.

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ISBN-13: 9781585360697
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Series: Sleeping Bear -- True Stories
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 215,733
Product dimensions: 9.72(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son had to read this book for "Battle of the Books" competition at his school. He read it and told me that I must read it too just to see my reaction! Yes!, mom cried like a baby! We have only had the book a few weeks and my entire family has read it at least 3-4x if not more! It is such a touching story & it also makes you feel good to know that our country is being served by such honorable & caring military personal. The book is one that I will keep for my grandchildren!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful TRUE story about this slice of history!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercedes and the Chocolate pilot is a wonderful book with great illustrations. What makes it so wonderful it that it's a true story. One pilots courage, kindness and compassion towards the children during WWII was something they never forgot as the story explains. I didn't know about this episode in American History and it made me proud of our military all over again. A Great Book!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
mercedes and the choclate pilot is about a a girl that lived in berlin when it was blocket off.So ever day she went to her four chickens to see if there was any eggs. ever now and than there would be one small egg.the reason why was planes would come over the town to drop food,clothing,and soap.the chikens would get scared because they came ever three minutes and would not lay any day one of the pilots gave gum to four children.he also promised to send down candy.he did not break his promise.then later the little girl's mother read about in the newspaper.the little girl also wanted some candy.later that month her mom took her to get some candy. she almost had some but a boy got it. so she rote to him and asked him to send some to her backyard.he was very nice and he did.