Saturday, November 23, 2013
Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber By Tom Brokaw illustrated by Robert T. Barrett
Read by Tom Brokaw
illustrated by Robert T. Barrett
“From little things come big things,” Gail Halvorsen remembered his father saying. As a twenty-seven-year-old American pilot, Halvorsen’s job was to airdrop much-needed food and supplies to the people of West Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. But it was his simple gift of two sticks of gum that launched an extraordinary humanitarian endeavor and earned him the nickname “The Candy Bomber.” Each day hundreds of small white parachutes delivered treats to the children of West Germany, bringing the spirit of Christmas to a world in need of peace and hope.
Deseret Book http://deseretbook.com/Christmas-Heaven-Tom-Brokaw/i/5108410 Tom Brokaw
Robert T. Barrett
My Review: Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber By Tom Brokaw illustrated by Robert T. Barrett
I liked it so much that I have just bought two of the books for Christmas presents for my parents and in-laws. If I had enough money I would buy everyone on my list the book for Christmas
Make sure you put the DVD on to watch it first. I put it in my computer and watched. I was not expecting all the emotions I felt listening to Tom Brokaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When I saw the parachutes fly I cried for joy.
I had heard a little about the Candy Bomber but not much about it. It started with two sticks of gum that Gail Halvorsen had. He broke each into 4 pieces and passed through the fence and the kids shared to.
It was after WW11 had ended. The Russians were not letting supplies into Germany. So U.S. and British were doing air drops of food to starving Germans. Lt. Halvorsen was a pilot that was assigned to the drops among many. He first got the idea to ask his friends in his plane to donate their rations. It snowballed from there.
The book has lovely Illustrations. Even has instructions how to make your own parachute to hold two sticks of gum.
The DVD was beautiful. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang. It really moved me.
in the United States it states that I am poor with the amount of money I have each month. But to many others I am so rich. I could always afford to feed my girls and me. Not always meat. but good food. This book reminds us that it is good to share what we have with others. That if we all help those who are worse off than us is the meaning of Christmas. Lt. Halvorsen shared all the gum he had. Those starving kids on their own shared too. Others that saw that they too could share their rations of gum and hanker chiefs to brighten up the lives of children who had so little. Brought so much healing and peace through sharing and loving.
May we all remember to share what we can no matter what we have.
I was given this book for purpose of giving a honest review of it.
Shadow Mountain Publishing