Dream Something Big by Dianna Hutts Aston

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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.
 

About Dianna Hutts Aston

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Dianna Hutts Aston (www.diannaaston.com), author of The Moon Over Star, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Susan L. Roth (www.susanlroth.com) illustrated the bestseller Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. She lives in Whitestone, New York.
 
Published August 18, 2011 by Dial Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Using his hands, simple tools and found pieces of glass, tile and steel, a reclusive Italian immigrant assembled and built the extraordinary Watts Towers in southern California.

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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.

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An activity to create one’s own Watts Tower offers interaction with the story that gives children not only the history of the Watts Towers, but, more importantly, the sharing of the finding of inspiration, and of the perseverance to follow one’s dream, despite the initial opinions of others.

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A Book and a Hug

I loved writing this book.

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