Archive for December 11th, 2013

GIFT WE WANT

A Konstruktor camera from Lomography.

HOLIDAY FIND

The Deluxe Fruit Cake from Collins Street Bakery.

WAY TO GIVE BACK

Help find a cure for spinal cord injuries – support the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

CFHJust in time for the holiday season is the great story (and great gift) Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber by Tom Brokaw with illustrations by Robert T. Barrett.

Through elaborate illustrations and artfully chosen words, Christmas from Heaven tells of a time, not long ago, when former enemies moved forward to mend a war torn city in the true meaning of Christmas.

About Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber 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, 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 hundreds of small white parachutes delivered treats to the children of West Germany, 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.”

This book is the perfect gift for any kid who may be interested in history, or just a good story. In addition, the book includes a wonderful companion DVD with the book read by the iconic voice of its author Tom Brokaw and music sure to bring the book’s pages to life.

I am a sucker for a good Christmas story (heck all I seem to do these days is watch the Hallmark Channel’s cheesy made-for-cable Christmas movie marathon) but a true story about the kindness of a stranger bringing hope and joy to children? Perfect.

Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber by Tom Brokaw illustrated by Robert T. Barrett is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.