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Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
by Margot Theis Raven

Chocolate candy on little parachautes rained down from an American airplane over West Berlin in 1948.  The Chocolate Pilot was busy bringing happiness to the children of a war torn city.

The end of World War II did not bring peace and happiness to the children like Mercedes who lived in a bomb-damaged apartment in West Berlin.  Russia was now attempting to take over their home and had cut off food and supplies to West Germany.  The United States and England began an airbridge of supplies for sixteen months. This is the true story of one little girl and the Chocolate Pilot, Col. Gail Halvorsen, who spread hope and happiness among the children.

The Kids Wing Activity Guide includes an awesome simulation for the Berlin Air Lift. This is a MASTERY learning lesson plan that is active and fun!

Book Connections

  Chocolate, Riches from the Rainforest
by Robert Burleigh 

Research Links for 
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

by Margot Theis Raven

Student Activities

Airbridge to Berlin

Cartoons about the Berlin Airbridge

Eyewitness to History
The Decoy

An enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that has been told and retold ever since by veteran Allied pilots. The German "airfield", constructed with meticulous care, was made almost entirely of wood...

There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun emplacements, trucks, and aircraft...

The day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last wooden plank. And early the following morning, a lone Royal Air Force plane crossed the English Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and dropped a large wooden bomb.

Literature Links for World War II:
Someone Named Eva
A Full-Length Novel by Joan M. Wolf, Kids Wings Unit in Gifts and Givers

Weedflower Full Length Novel, by Cynthia Kadohata

The Great Skating Race Picture Book by Louise Borden
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot Picture Book by Margot Theis Raven
The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Picture Book by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Attack on Pearl Harbor Picture Book by Shelly Tanaka

World War II affected me personally. Here my mom reads to my brother and me as she listens for news of my dad who was a sailor on the U.S.S. Lexington. Shortly thereafter, a kamaze hit the ship, and my daddy was killed. Although I had to grow up without a daddy, he and hundreds of thousands like him made it possible for us to grow up in a safe, free country. Learn about the history from those who experienced it! Many are still don't have much time before the only stories you hear will be in the books you read.

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