Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven

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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.
 

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Raven has been a professional writer and author for almost 30 years. She has won five national awards, including a Teacher's Choice award. Van Frankenhuyzen was born in The Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and immigrated to the U.S. in 1976.
 
Published August 15, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 48 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Mercedes fails to catch a chocolate bar of her own, she writes the pilot and asks him to make a special delivery (“When you .

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One morning, her mother reads her a newspaper article about an American pilot, Lt. Gail Halvorsen, who, when delivering supplies to the city, "rained down sweets" on children waiting by the runway ("They carried flour and clothing and coal too.

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When Halvorsen’s commander read about this in the newspaper (because a candy bar nearly hit a reporter!), he called the pilot to him, yelled a little, and then told Halvorsen to “keep dropping and keep him informed.” Mercedes went to the airfield one day with her mother in hopes of catching a c...

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