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, Brother
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 as hundreds of small white parachutes delivered treats to the children of West Germany, the wounds of war began to heal. “Operation Little Vittles” captured the imagination of people everywhere, bringing the spirit of Christmas to a world in need of peace and hope.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD.
Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.
With a career spanning more than fifty years, Tom Brokaw is one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. The bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, he is a special correspondent for NBC News and has received numerous awards and honors for his work.
My Comments: This is such a sweet inspiring book that brought tears to my eyes. I love the story of the Candy Bomber. It is also great that instructions are given to make a candy parachute. A DVD is included with the book which shows news anchor Tom Brokaw reading the story and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing in the background. The DVD ads so much to the book. Parts of the story are acted out making the story come alive. I really think this story is a little old for my second graders. I think older children and even adults could gain much from it. Even better than just a children’s book, this book would make a great gift, coffee-table type book. This would make a great Christmas gift for that person who is hard to buy for.