Dream something big : the story of the Watts Towers

by Aston, Dianna Hutts,

Format: Print Book 2011
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Summary
Between 1921 and 1955, Italian immigrant Simon Rodia transformed broken glass, seashells, pottery and a dream to do something big into an American national landmark. Young readers can 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 a stunningly detailed collage that mimics Rodia's found-object art, this 34-year journey becomes a mesmerising testament to perseverance and possibility.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Simon Rodia, Sam to his neighbors, spent more than 34 years building and decorating elaborate sculptural towers on a triangular lot in the Watts neighborhood of L.A. Affixing collected bits of throwaway glass and pottery to a hand-wrought, curvilinear structure of rebar, mesh, and cement, Sam erected an enduring homage to the extraordinary, everyday beauty of community. Aston tells the story from the point of view of a young neighborhood girl, who grows up watching the towers evolve and then shares their construction with her own children. Her winding, poetic language evokes the strange beauty of the sculptures themselves, occasionally bending across the page in broken arcs. Roth's jumbled mixed-media collages echo Rodia's ebullient ingenuity while evoking a creative exuberance all their own. An author's note offering more information about the towers' construction and directions for building miniature towers of pipe cleaners, magazine clippings, and foam round out this impressionistic look at an iconic American landmark. Children will find inspiration in Rodia's personal, quiet call to creation.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Rodia, Simon, -- 1879-1965 -- Juvenile literature.
Rodia, Simon, -- 1879-1965.
Simon Rodia's Towers (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Juvenile literature.
Simon Rodia's Towers (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Juvenile literature.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Juvenile literature.
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Publisher New York :Dial Books for Young Readers,2011
Contributors Roth, Susan L., artist.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780803732452 (hbk.)
0803732457 (hbk.)
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