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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585360697
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Series: Sleeping Bear -- True Stories
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 117,188
Product dimensions: 9.72(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 1000L (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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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!!
ababe92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute book, that told the story of a girl and a pilot; and how the girl got the pilots attention and he dropped of chocolate from his airplane so that she could have it. I recommend this book to read.
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great conspiracy story. I never knew that this happened until I read this book. This is a story about an American pilot who would deliver chocolate into Berlin for the children there. This book focuses on a little girl, Mercedes, and her hope for chocolate from the pilot. She receives chocolate from him and is touched. The beginning of the book starts with back ground information and ends with a conclusion about the pilot and Mercedes. This book could be used in various subjects. I would love to use it in a History lesson or a social studies lesson on Germany and use it to explain their culture. I would also use it in an English lesson to demonstrate letter writing.
awiltenburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a neat way to highlight a positive aspect of wartime. Although her chickens wouldn't lay eggs due to the bombing a kind pilot dropped candy to the children in the safe zone. After receiving letters form the children who miss the air-drops the pilot sent a personal package of candy to those kids. What a sweet highlight of kindness. This pilot affected the outlook of the children on wartime and I am sure gave them encouragement. I would use this book for grades 5+ to give a platform and new perspective of war and showing kindness in little ways makes a big difference. I would not use this book for under 5th grade because the structure of the text is too mature. I enjoyed reading this slice of history, the book has won multiple awards and nominations.
crystalr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book did a very good job at telling the story of how no matter throught the sufferings and hardships that people still cared!
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of a young girl living during the Berlin airlift. She finds herself seeking to catch candy from an American pilot who flies over her neighborhood. This is a great story of persistence and hope for the future.
Carolina500 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorites, it had some much. This is one that i would tell the kids what it is about beforehand and explain some history so they understand everything. I might pause throughout the book to make sure they all understand.
MandaW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good book. The kids may be a bit confused about some of the goings-on and words. There will probably need to be some things clarified before reading the book and discussion afterwards. Overall a fantastic book, good history.
katiekaufmann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting study of the chicken symbolism throughout the book. Good book for a hero theme: read and write about heros. Sometimes confusing transitions. Not a satisfying ending - had to read the epilog.
JoseDelAguila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.
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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 eggs.one 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.