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Dream Something Big by Dianna Hutts Aston
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Nov 08, 2011

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Read in November, 2011

Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers was extremely interesting to me, a 45 year old woman. I had to keep asking myself, however, as I read it "Who is this book for?"
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.
I didn't quite "get" what the Watts Towers were, until the very end of the book where the author finally includes a picture of the Landmark. The book might make more sense had the author's note come first. Included is a "Create your own Watts Tower" section with ideas on how to make your own "found object" masterpiece. A fun activity sure to give the book more meaning to its young readers.

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