The Wonderful Towers of Watts by Patricia Zelver

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Simon Rodia didn't have any architectural training or any helpers, but he did have a dream. Over the course of 30 years his neighbors saw that dream slowly but magnificently rising over his backyard. Here is the true story of how one man singlehandedly built three towering monuments, right in the middle of a poor Los Angeles neighborhood. Full color.
 

About Patricia Zelver

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Frane Lessac is an American who has traveled all over the world. She now lives in Fremantle, Australia, but always looks forward to visiting Texas with her family. To bring the Lone Star State to life with gouache paints, Frane did extensive research using a video camera, a still camera, and actual and virtual tours. She is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, both by Laura Krauss Melmed.
 
Published May 1, 1994 by Tambourine. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and...

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This true story describes an Italian immigrant who spent 30 years building mosaic-covered spires in the Watts section of Los Angeles;

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In the center of Watts, the impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood, a cluster of multicolored towers stands tall, bearing witness to one man's dream of beauty.

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