[Epub] Dream Something Big By Dianna Hutts Aston – Bassgrotto.co.uk

Dream Something Big 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.


10 thoughts on “Dream Something Big

  1. says:

    Simon Rodia, whose neighbors knew him as Uncle Sam, moved from Italy to the United States when he was only fourteen This inspiring and informative picture book tells the story behind his artistic creations fashioned from glass, tile, steel rods, and cement He used no drawings or nails or bolts in building the structures that became known as the Watts Towers because they were built on a lot in Watts, California Two of the towers are almost 100 feet tall Back matter includes an Author s Note w Simon Rodia, whose neighbors knew him as Uncle Sam, moved from Italy to the United States when he was only fourteen This inspiring and informative picture book tells the story behind his artistic creations fashioned from glass, tile, steel rods, and cement He used no drawings or nails or bolts in building the structures that became known as the Watts Towers because they were built on a lot in Watts, California Two o...


  2. says:

    A colleague told me about this book and I was a bit skeptical that it would work But it does Dream Something Big is a fictionalized story about the very real Watts Towers Built by Simon Rodia, a folk artist, the Watts Towers stand in Watts, California The story describes Simon, known as Uncle Sam, and his commitment to creating a unique street art The author s note at the end is very helpful In fact, I plan to read this part of the story to my students first The story is a bit confusing a A colleague told me about this book and I was a bit skeptical that it would work But it does D...


  3. says:

    28 August 2011 DREAM SOMETHING BIG THE STORY OF THE WATTS TOWERS by Dianna Hutts Aston and Susan L Roth, ill., Dial, August 2011, 40p., ISBN 978 0 8037 3245 2 He showed me and my childrenthe beauty of a broken angel,a bowling ball,a boot.The usefulness of an airplane wing.The patterns shells and rocks could make.Uncle Sam was like a spider weaving his webof steel and cement and lacy shadows.The third tower was his last.He wrote his initials and Nuestro Pueblo in cement Our Town, a villag 28 August 2011 DREAM SOMETHING BIG THE STORY OF THE WATTS TOWERS by Dianna Hutts Aston and Susan L Roth, ill., Dial, August 2011, 40p., ISBN 978 0 8037 3245 2 He showed me and my childrenthe beauty of a broken angel,a bowling ball,a boot.The usefulness of an airplane wing.The patterns shells and rocks could make.Uncle Sam was like a spider weaving his webof steel and cement and lacy shadows.The third tower was his last.He wrote his initials and Nuestro Pue...


  4. says:

    I liked the patchwork, mosaic feel of Dream Something Big It really complimented the story of Sam Watts building his whimsical towers in California Uncle Sam or Simon is represented as a creative but very quirky, scraggly man, who talks to himself as he collects scraps and trash and then combines and reshapes them into gigantic, spiraling towers covered with bits of color It s not completely clear whether he s creative or crazy, but the overall results of his work are incredible, especially I liked the patchwork, mosaic feel of Dream Something Big It really complimented the story of Sam Watts building his whimsical towers in California Uncle Sam or Simon is represented as a creative but very quirky, scraggly man, who talks to himself as he collects scraps and trash and then combines and reshapes them into gigantic, spiraling towers covered with bits of color It s not completely clear whether he s creative or crazy, but the overall results of his work are incredible, especially considering that he never used a single nail or ladder to make his towers, one of which reaches 99 feet high The story is charitable and somewhat sentimental, and stresses Sam s immigrant story as an Italian who came to the US and wanted to do something big While his motivation and his ultimate disappearance from the spotlight after his art was completed is somewhat mysterious, he seems kind as he explains to the neighborhood children what he s doing.Uncle...


  5. says:

    I saw this book on Goodreads and I just knew we had to read it It wasn t available at our local library, so I went ahead and purchased it online The narrative is short and inspirational, showing how a dream can become reality It s a fictionalized child telling the true story of Simon Rodia and his Watts Towers.The multimedia illustrations are the highlight of the story, with fascinating collages and mosaic backgrounds The photographs of the actual towers at the end of the story, along with t I saw this book on Goodreads and I just knew we had to read it It wasn t available at our local library, so I went ahead and purchased it online The narrative is short and inspirational, showing how a dream can become reality It s a fictionalized child telling the true story of Simon Rodia and his Watts Towers.The multimedia illustrations are the highlight of the story, with fascinating collages and mosaic backgrounds The photographs of the actual towers at the end of the story, along with the author s note about Simon Rodia were very much appreciated, as they offered a bitof Simon s story We also liked the description of the art project that children could do that would create an object resembling the towers Overall, we thought this was an interesting story about a...


  6. says:

    Told through the voice of a fictional child, this is a look at the building of the Watts Towers, a huge art piece that is outsider art and has been named a National Landmark Simon Rodia, called Uncle Simon in the book, built the towers from glass, pottery shards, seashells and a vision Each piece on the towers was selected by hand The book shows the careful selection and then the transformation from garbage to art This is a...


  7. says:

    Great for Earth Day lesson with my first graders I partnered it with a recycled newspaper tower build


  8. says:

    The pictures are all like a mosaic and the end of the book teaches you how to make your own version of the Watts Towers Great read before going to LA in California since it is a National Monumentinteresting back story about one man who ...


  9. says:

    Art NationalLandMark Immigrant YoungReaders PictureBook BookReview ChildrensBooks amreading Towers Simon Rodia built a national monument with bits of glass and shells.


  10. says:

    An odd book about an odd art installation and the man who created it.Instructions in the back for creating your own miniature Watts towers.


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