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Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candybomber [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Tom Brokaw , Robert T. Barrett

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Christmas from Heaven 13. November 2013
Von Lollipops - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Many years ago when World War II was coming to an end, American soldiers started delivering food and supplies to the poor Germans in the bombed out houses. One of the pilots for these operations started talking to the children and hearing their stories. His name was Hal Halvorsen. Hal had two pieces of gum, and he tore them in half. Hal was impressed when the four children he handed the gum halves to tore them into strips and passed them out.

Hal started thinking about his gum and candy rations and started passing all his rations out. Then his friends got involved, and soon he was being commemorated for contributing to the piece effort. Children started waiting for "The Candy Bomber" to fly over the designated areas.

This is a true story of a man who was kind enough to share two sticks of gum and it morphed into something way bigger than he imagined.

CHRISTMAS FROM HEAVEN is a beautifully done children's book, in hardback with a dustcover, and not only that but it includes a DVD with the book read by Tom Brokaw and accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There are some really sweet moments in the DVD when Hal Halvorsen himself showed up, and members of the church dropped candy parachutes from above into the church.

I would highly recommend CHRISTMAS FROM HEAVEN for a Christmas story for your family. It isn't "Christian" without any religious content, so it would be a suitable gift for any home, no matter their beliefs.

I think this book would be great for public libraries, public schools, and even homeschool families. Great book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A winning Christmas combination 5. November 2013
Von Customer Bob - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
This is such a heart-warming story, beautifully illustrated and interspersed with documentary photos. The accompanying DVD with Tom Brokaw's narration is magnificently done. My children are now so excited to make their own candy parachutes for Christmas. (Not sure where we'll be dropping them, or for whom. But this book includes instructions on how to make them so of course we'll give it a shot!)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome family gift! 18. November 2013
Von Jennifer Galan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Christmas From Heaven was perfect for my family. The true story absolutely captivated my eight-year-old and the pages are long and smooth and gorgeously illustrated. She really enjoyed reading it, and then I put on the DVD that came with it and she just about died from the awesome. "Mom! He's reading at the same time as me!" She didn't care that it was Tom Brokaw in a velvet sport coat with his velvet voice, she was just captivated by the story and the performance. (I have had the pleasure of attending a Temple Square Christmas Thing years ago, and I know how amazing the productions are--and Christmas From Heaven was no different. I wish I could have seen it live.) And then--THEN!-- the most delightful, beautiful deviation from the book happened on stage. And we all*** started crying. (I don't want to give it away, but there was an awesome visitor.)

As soon as it was over, we talked for a minute about how one person doing one good thing makes a difference, and then my daughter ran the book to the neighbor's house because she wanted to share it before they went to bed.

Christmas From Heaven is awesome. It would be a perfect gift for families with older kids, especially if you attach some mint gum to go along with the story. I have a feeling it will be making the rounds throughout our neighborhood this year.

(Disclaimer--I was given a copy to review, but I really, really really loved it.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great way to incorporate some history into your Christmas celebration! 19. November 2013
Von Pirate2240 - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Being a huge lover of History, I was so thrilled when I got a surprise request to review not only a book, Christmas From Heaven but wrapped up like a true gift was a DVD recording from Tom Brokaw that captured the retelling of this wonderful story. You get to chose between either simply reading the wonderful book, Christmas From Heaven or watching it being narrated by Tom Brokaw along with musical accompaniment from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Christmas From Heaven conveys the historical significance of Lt. 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 the 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 the German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom. It showed everyone in the midst of a war what the true spirit of Christmas looks like.

Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable 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. At the ending of this DVD you get to see Gail Halvorsen, now 92 years young. See if this story doesn't make you cry. One selfless act brought hope to those who only knew the horrors of what war would bring.

I received both the book/DVD Christmas From Heaven compliments of Deseret Books and Shadow Mountain for my honest review of this book. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I think both of these items would make a wonderful gift this Christmas in order to keep the Spirit of Christmas and Jesus at the center of our celebrations. I rate both of these products a 5 out of 5 stars.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A nice little book. 17. November 2013
Von Dan O'Brien - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
A sweet story about the power of the giving spirit and the importance of a small act. Tom Brokaw brings a sense of grandeur to an already powerful story. Definitely worth a read if you want a family-friendly and holiday-themed book. Wonderfully illustrated and tightly written, it is a great addition to any home library.
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