Monday, December 2, 2013

Marvelous Monday & Review {Christmas From Heaven}

Welcome to
"Marvelous Monday & Review."
 
Today, I get to share with you a special Christmas book called,
 
Christmas From Heaven.
 
 
Check out some of the pages found in Christmas From Heaven.



 
About:
 
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.
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.
 

Product Details

Size: 11" x 9"
Pages: 32
Year Published: 2013
DVD Run Time: 13 Min 17 Sec

About the Authors:

Tom Brokaw is one of the giants of television journalism. Anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, he also holds the honor of being the only person to host each of NBC News’s major news programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He has won several awards, including a Peabody Award and seven Emmys. He is the author of The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks, among other books. He and his wife, Meredith, have three daughters and five grandchildren

Robert T. Barrett is a professor of illustration at Brigham Young University, received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in painting and completed postgraduate work in Germany. An accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator, his work has been featured in many national magazines and in art exhibits across the country and in Germany. He and his wife, Vicki, have ten children and one grandchild and reside in Provo, Utah.

In my opinion:
 
This was a remarkable story and I absolutely loved it. If you started a tradition of reading Christmas stories to your family each year, I suggest this one. It was a heartfelt true story of the Berlin Candy Bomber. I appreciated the photos and illustrations throughout the book. It also included a DVD which was outstanding. I enjoyed reading this book to my son who is three (sort of young). He didn't quite understand but I summarized a few parts and he especially liked the airplanes. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to snuggle up with their family to read a good book. It is also perfect for Family Home Evening.
 
Be sure to check out Christmas From Heaven {HERE}.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
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