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The Wonderful Towers of Watts by Patricia…

The Wonderful Towers of Watts

by Patricia Zelver

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This is an accurate tale of the man who created the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. The story is clear and straight to the point it's facts and story line. Yet the story can take it beyond just the informational material that is presented. There is beauty that can be seen of how the Simon Rodia created something magnificent out of trash. Level: Primary
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  natasha.bevis | Nov 24, 2010 |
This is a picture book about Simon Rodia and the magnificent towers he constructed in Watts out of steel, concrete, broken tiles he brought home from work, and other discarded materials. At first, his neighbors thought he was crazy, but after years of working on the towers the whole world knew about Rodia and his art. The story ends, "Watts is still a poor part of Los Angeles. But no other place has the Watts Towers". It is nice for children who grow up without much money to know that great artwork is not just the property of the rich. Frane Lessac's exciting gouache paintings fill the book with color. ( )
  odonnell | Sep 22, 2010 |
Informational book about the Watts towers. This would be a good introduction to a craft project, mosaics, for example. ( )
  madu | Feb 14, 2009 |
Teaches the students a lesson about one mans trash is another mans treasure. Ask the students what they could make out of their left over trash.
  ccondra | Sep 14, 2008 |
This is a direct, straight-forward book about, as the title says, the Watts Towers.

It doesn't condescend to the reader (or listener). The story is told without any cloying sweetness, and without any enforced sympathy.

I can't say how refreshing this treatment can be :) ( )
  conuly | Jul 20, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patricia Zelverprimary authorall editionscalculated
Angela BassettNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lessac, FranéIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Describes how an Italian immigrant built three unusual towers in his backyard in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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