Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers

Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers

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By Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

An inspiring tribute to the creator of a U.S. National Landmark, with illustrations by a #1 New York Times bestselling artist

 

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.

Hardcover / Juvenile Fiction / Biographical / United States / Art / 20Th Century

Ages 5 to 8, Grades K to 3rd
0.36" H x 10.9" L x 9.6" W (0.91 lbs) 40 pages

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