Reviews for Carry on, Mr. Bowditch

School Library Journal
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Gr 4-7-Jean Lee Latham's winner of the 1956 Newbery Award is the fictionalized biography of mathematician and astronomer Nathaniel Bowditch. This coming-of-age story takes place in the budding seaport of Salem in the late 18th century. At the age of 12, Nat, who was more interested in mathematics than the sea, was apprenticed to a ship's chandlery and had to forego his dream of attaining a Harvard education. After devoting himself to long hours of study, the boy learned all he could about mathematics and navigation, and after a handful of experiences as a navigator and then ship's Captain on a series of voyages, he wrote The American Practical Navigator, or "Sailors' Bible," in 1802 which is considered the definitive work on navigation and is still carried today on every commissioned vessel in the United States Navy. Jim Weiss brings this tale to life, adding just enough nuance in his voice to engage listeners who may not otherwise grasp the myriad details of life at sea or some of the more complex nautical terminology and metaphors used in the book. This inspiring and timeless tale will appeal to listeners who enjoy history and stories about the sea. For school and public libraries.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book
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This reissue of a Newbery Medal winner is a fictionalized biography of Nathaniel Bowditch, a born mathematician who grew up in Salem; was taken out of school and apprenticed to a ship chandler when he was twelve; read and studied by himself; and when he finally went to sea astonished everyone with his ability to apply his knowledge to navigation. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Publishers Weekly
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The 1956 Newbery Medal winner, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham, is a fictionalized biography of the great American navigator Nathaniel Bowditch, whose 1802 book, The American Practical Navigator, became known as the "Sailor's Bible." This edition features new jacket art and the original b&w interior illustrations by John O'Hara Cosgrave II. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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