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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas From Heaven {Deseret Book Review}

Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, 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. 
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 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. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.


What can I say?  I was not a very good student of history…and even after serving in the Air Force for 10 years (yes! 10) I knew about "Operation Vittles" during the Berlin Airlift but had no recollection of "Operation Little Vittles."  I can't believe I missed something like this in all my history study!

Lt. Halvorson "Hal" became known the world over as Berlin's Candy Bomber.  The children he met behind the fence that day touched his heart and after watching them share a piece of gum, he knew it would really take so little to cheer them up.  After working with his cremates they made the decision to give away all of their own Christmas sweets to these sad children.  To do this they created small parachutes weighed with their own rations of candy and sent them down out of the plane to the children…  truly engineering a "Christmas From Heaven."




In this children's storybook, illustrator Robert T. Barrett has brought this story to life in full color.  Original black and white photos are included in the book as well.

You will also receive a DVD with the performance of this story told by journalist Tom Brokaw accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The back of the book also includes a template and instructions for making your own Candy Bomber parachutes!




This book is AH-MAZING for a family home evening or stretch it out and make it a whole homeschool unit study!  Check out some of these links below for a couple of ideas to get you started!

Chocolate on my Cranium's Candy Bomber FHE
Candy Bomber mini unit study from Heart of the Matter
Michael O. Tunnell's book The Candy Bomber

Christmas From Heaven currently retails in a hardcover from DeseretBook.com with accompanying DVD for $19.79.  Now is a great time to purchase this book!  It would make a great Christmas gift….


Oh!  Speaking of Christmas, check out these ornaments!


We received a set of these from DeseretBook.com to review as well.  They are such lovely ornaments!  They have a nice healthy weight to them but a very delicate pretty look.  They are 12 Biblical names of Christ.  We will be using these devotional-style in our own "12 Days of Christmas" countdown.  I can't wait to put them on our tree!  I'm so sorry to share they they are currently sold-out!  Hopefully more become available shortly!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer:  I received these items free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thank you so much Deseret Book!

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