Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas From Heaven

Christmas from Heaven

I recently received an invitation to review a book of a true story. Not only a true story but one that offered hope and encouragement in a time of desperate need. The story of the "Candy Bomber" and "Uncle Wiggly Wings" is truly heart warming.

Tom Brokaw

Robert T. Barrett
When in school, I didn't care for history, but as I get older, the ways of old and tails of the past capture my attention. It is the unique things that draw me in. So when I first recieved this book, I was impressed with the stature of it and the beautiful illustrations from Robert T. Barrett. I dove right into reading. (By the way, it comes with a DVD withTom Brokaw retelling of the story music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I have not had the opportunity to view the DVD.)


Time to meet Lt. Gail Halvorsen. He was a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet blockaded Berlin. Lt. Halvorsen noticed German children would gather by the fences of the Air Base to watch the planes come and go. He got to talking to the kids one day answering their questiones. He knew their circumstances of having little to nothing. He had two sticks of gum. He tore those two stick in half and gave the four halves to some four of the kids. To his astonishment, those for kids, ripped their pieces down to tidbits and all 30 or so kids got a tiny piece of gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He told the kids of his idea. When they asked how they would know it was his plane, he said he would wiggle his wings.

He began making small parachutes and tying them to candy that he rounded up from any of the crew that would participate. He and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their plane as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans.

I graciously received this treasure compliments of Deseret Books and Shadow Mountain for my honest review of this book.

I will read this to my kids, their friends, and family for generations. Thank you!


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