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AUGUST 9, 2006
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven
This is one terrific, true story of the humanitarian rescue mission utilized by the British and American pilots in 1948 which began the Berlin Airlift. A wonderful true and personal account of one American pilot, Lt. Gail Halvorsen, who becomes known as the "Chocolate Pilot" and a little seven year old girl, named Mercedes, is painted before our eyes and hearts in this book. After World War II is finally over, the recovery of devastated Europe begins. Lt. Halvorsen drops supplies for the people and candy in parachutes made from handkerchiefs to the children of West Berlin from his airplane. Mercedes writes Lt. Halvorsen a letter asking him to drop candy where she lives. Upon receiving the letter, Lt. Halvorsen mails her a package of chocolate treats. Twenty-four years later, Mercedes meets Col. Halvorsen in person. They remain in contact even today. This is a must read for elementary school children and families. It is nonfiction and written in picture book format. The illustrations put the reader into the time and situation. Our copy at Wright Library is autographed by Col. Halvorsen. I love this book...check it out for yourself.

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