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Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers

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Between 1921 and 1955, Italian immigrant Simon Rodia transformed broken glass, seashells, pottery, and a dream to "do something big" into a U.S. National Landmark. Readers watch the towers rise from his little plot of land in Watts, California, through the eyes of a fictional girl as she grows and raises her own children. Chronicled in stunningly detailed collage that mimics Rodia's found-object art, this thirty-four-year journey becomes a mesmerizing testament to perseverance and possibility. A final, innovative "build-your-own-tower" activity makes this multicultural, intergenerational tribute a classroom natural and a perfect gift-sure to encourage kids to follow their own big dreams.

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"Aston pays tribute to the creative genius of an Italian immigrant and tile worker who, in the 1920s, begins a unique project on his Watts, Calif., property that takes 34 years to complete. Simon Rodia uses only rebar, cement, broken tiles, shells, and other found items to build towering spires, some almost a hundred feet tall, decorated with mosaic designs. A fictional neighbor girl, Marguerite, provides lyrical first-person narration as she watches the towers take shape throughout her childhood. The subject lends itself perfectly to the collage illustrations. Employing mostly paper, but also bits of pottery, cloth, clay and string, Roth stunningly recreates bold, stylized versions of the towers. This book beautifully illuminates a little-known story of imagination and perseverance that resulted in a national landmark. Ages 5 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston, author of The Moon Over Star, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Susan L. Roth illustrated the #1 New York Times bestseller Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. She lives in Whitestone, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803732452
Author:
Aston, Dianna Hutts
Publisher:
Dial Books
Author:
Roth, Susan L.
Subject:
ographical / United States
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.24 x 9.4 x 0.37 in 0.93 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Aston pays tribute to the creative genius of an Italian immigrant and tile worker who, in the 1920s, begins a unique project on his Watts, Calif., property that takes 34 years to complete. Simon Rodia uses only rebar, cement, broken tiles, shells, and other found items to build towering spires, some almost a hundred feet tall, decorated with mosaic designs. A fictional neighbor girl, Marguerite, provides lyrical first-person narration as she watches the towers take shape throughout her childhood. The subject lends itself perfectly to the collage illustrations. Employing mostly paper, but also bits of pottery, cloth, clay and string, Roth stunningly recreates bold, stylized versions of the towers. This book beautifully illuminates a little-known story of imagination and perseverance that resulted in a national landmark. Ages 5 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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