Dream Something Big
The Story of the Watts Towers
ISBN 9780803732452 | 40 pages | 18 Aug 2011 | Dial | 9.25 x 6.25in | 5 - 8 years
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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.
“[Aston’s] winding, poetic language evokes the strange beauty of the sculptures themselves.” — Booklist
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