{books pdf} Carry On, Mr. BowditchAuthor Jean Lee Latham – Kairafanan.co

Readers Today Are Still Fascinated By Nat, An Eighteenth Century Nautical Wonder And Mathematical Wizard Nathaniel Bowditch Grew Up In A Sailor S World Salem In The Early Days, When Tall Masted Ships From Foreign Ports Crowded The Wharves But Nat Didn T Promise To Have The Makings Of A Sailor He Was Too Physically Small Nat May Have Been Slight Of Build, But No One Guessed That He Had The Persistence And Determination To Master Sea Navigation In The Days When Men Sailed Only By Log, Lead, And Lookout Nat S Long Hours Of Study And Observation, Collected In His Famous Work, The American Practical Navigator Also Known As The Sailors Bible , Stunned The Sailing Community And Made Him A New England Hero

10 thoughts on “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

  1. says:

    Ok so I m sick with a sore throat, but I wanna try to review this anyway because the thoughts are bouncing around my head and I want to get them out In a nutshell IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME Nat Bowditch is my smol science child who just wants to be allowed to Do The Science and Do It Right and life keeps throwing all these obstacles in his way, but he carries on and does the science anyway, b c he s fabulous like that I felt so bad when he had to leave school at age 12 and couldn t even go to college Our baby is out here begging for an EDUCATION and you re just gonna TURN HIM DOWN But you can t keep a man like Nat down for long He teaches himself everything he needs to know and becomes the biggest expert on navigation on either side of the Atlantic Not content with that, he makes a point to educate other people, too guys like him who weren t given a chance to go to school He truly has the heart of a teacher, a mentor and those scenes where he helps an allegedly dumb sailor see that MAYBE I M NOT SO DUMB AFTER ALL were some of the most powerful in the whole book, for me I also adored the scenes where Nat usually so quiet reserved soft spoken would start yelling his head off about figures and charts in published texts being wrong and I was just like I feel ya, buddy I feel ya I, too, go off on a bender every time I find any kind of error in a recognized textual authority It s frustrating, guys grins This was a very satisfying book, but, I won t lie to you, it was also a very SAD book When I was a preteen, the age I think the author originally intended it for, my mom said I couldn t read it because there are too many funerals and it will make you cry, and good golly, was she ever right I had a vague memory of that when I started reading it for myself this week but even so, I had NO IDEA how many people were going to freakin DIE in this freakin book So much death. Let it never be said that I, Katie Hanna, am too hard on my own characters or give them too many tragedies as long as this beast of a story is being blithely handed out to 7th and 8th graders Like dang Nat has an incredibly rough life That s a fact But he rides out each tragedy and comes out stronger in the end and that s also a fact He draws a lot of sustenance from the constancy consistency of Nature, which I found comforting it s like, in Nat s mind, the sea is always the sea, no matter who you are or what you ve been through The wind is always the wind The stars are always the stars And that is TRUE In fact, he has a little saying about it which he borrowed from his dead mom, and it made me tear up a bit Sometimes, if you look at the stars long enough, they sort of shrink your own troubles down to size.

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    I was surprised when I first learned about this biography that had managed the rare feat for a nonfiction book of winning the Newbery Medal, but after reading it, I wholeheartedly support the committee s decision The enthralling story of Nat Bowditch bursts at the seams with stark emotion So often along the path down which the reader is led, the steps are heartbreaking the ordeals Nat Bowditch endured in his career and personal life were both staggering and inspiring No biography other than Cornelia Meigs s Invincible Louisa ever was so profoundly moving, in my view I was emotionally invested in Mr Bowditch s story every step of the way Carry On, Mr Bowditch is a beautiful book I love very much, and will remember always.

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    Mini Review I was a little worried that I would be lost reading this book Like the people Nat trips over because they are too slow to understand everything he can, I was worried that I also would trip over Nat s smarts However, the author captures Nat s genius and skills with clarity and simplicity, expertly painting Nat s intelligence without losing us in the telling Nat s brilliant mind is truly incredible to watch, but it wouldn t have mattered so much if it had not been paired with a irresistibly steady heart.Carry on Mr Bowditch shows us that life is full of setbacks, hardships and unforeseen detours and it s the attitude that matters It is our own outlook that affects every aspect of our lives, and Nat s outlook never falters Victimization, self pity, fear and depression are all firmly shut up in a box where they belong, where they can have no bearing on Nat s life as he steps bravely and cheerfully through every valley Nat is not just a navigator on the seas, he also knew how to navigate life in the best way possible with self effacement, courage, and hopeful determination More than just a brilliant sailor with his ship, Nat knows how to sail through life s freak storms and doldrums with Faith, hard work, and consistency Sometimes a hard story, often an inspiring one, and, ultimately, a good story to the very last page.

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    I wrote this for school in the format of a five paragraph essay Some books start out good, but just fade away towards the end Carry On, Mr Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is one of those books This novel, first published in 1955, is about Nathaniel Bowditch, a mathematician, navigator, linguistic specialist, and all around scholar of the early nineteenth century By looking at the characters, plot, and historical accuracy, we can determine if Carry On, Mr Bowditch is a worthwhile read.This book featured many characters It was sometimes hard to keep them from flowing together in my mind, especially as one after another seemed to die Sometimes I forgot who was still alive, and the moment a new person became important to Nat, my brothers and I started betting on how and when he or she would die However, many of the characters were interesting and a few were memorable.This is primarily the story of Nat s life from the age of six to an important accomplishment which he made, probably in his late thirties Although historical fiction, it is also semi biographical, so a lot of the story is true It was a fairly exciting story, and my brothers really enjoyed it I, of course, was interested in Nat s personal life than his sailing exploits, but that s just me However, the end was sudden I would have liked to know about Nat s future.As far as historical accuracy goes, I can only conclude that this book was meticulously researched I don t know a lot about Nat Bowditch, but I believe this to be a fairly accurate representation of his life I was also impressed with the attention to detail on all of Nat s research and on navigation.We can now determine that Carry On, Mr Bowditch is a fairly worthwhile read having looked at the characters, plot, and historical accuracy The characters are many and varied, but sometimes it was hard to remember them all The plot was quite interesting and even exciting however, the end was sudden and unsatisfying The author s research was plainly thorough, and the historical details added a special layer of realism to the novel Overall, this is a fairly good book if you want to learn about Nat Bowditch, but otherwise, it s not really worth the read.3.5 stars Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

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    I read this book for school, I believe, and I have reread it several times I always loved Nat, from the small boy to his married years I thought the sailors with whom he sailed were amusing several times I loved his thinking, but I didn t agree with his infatuation with math There are several things I would like to mention, but they would contain spoilers So, I ll just end by saying that I didn t like the way everyone seemed to die This is a very appropriate book for almost all ages, and I with I had read it sooner.

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    I enjoyed this well enough, and can absolutely imagine child me rereading it with pleasure.Of course I do wish the author s note as to sources were included, but the interesting Newbery acceptance speech in Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books 1956 1965 With Acceptance Papers, Biographies Related Material Chiefly from the Horn Book Magazine does admit to it being a fictionized biography because, despite extensive research, little could be found by Latham about Bowditch She does make him out to be larger than life, but then that was the fashion for these inspirational boys books of the 1940s and 50s, apparently, as evidenced by other Newbery winners She also humanizes him a bit, and there are bits of both insight and humor mixed in with the glorious adventure, so it s a readable book It does reflect the casual racism of the time against, for example, Malays but when we get to know individuals like Lupe, we learn to respect them Overall I could see using this in a classroom, if only because the man is less well known than most heroes known to schoolchildren.

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    Carry on, Mr Bowditch is a remarkable true story of perseverance in the face of adversity, and a testimony to the fact that hard work and diligence pays off Things didn t go exactly how Nathaniel Bowditch might have planned for himself from the time he was a little boy, but they went exactly the way Providence had designed Had some of the misfortunes that he endured early in life not happened, he would have most certainly not have been apprenticed as he was, and thus would have not been around the individuals who later placed him in roles where he was able to exponentially develop his knowledge and understanding of mathematics, astronomy, Latin, and various other disciplines And of course his mastery of those subjects enabled him to change the course of nautical and navigation history.To be honest, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book Although it takes place in the colonial era one of my favorite periods of American history I was a little worried it might be boring or dry Turns out, the true story of Nat Bowditch was a fascinating one, from the time he bought his first expectation from a privateer in his hometown of Salem, to his being apprenticed to a ship chandler as a bookkeeper, to his not only learning to be a sailor, but even writing an entire navigation manual that has been expanded and is still in use by the United States Navy even to this day I don t recommend this book to everyone not everyone appreciates history But for those who do, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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    My favorite juvenile fiction work ever, this book tells the inspirational story of a bright young boy who seems to have all his dreams dashed as he grows up But by sailing by the ash breeze and pursuing his intellectual passions whenever he has a spare moment, he becomes one of the most famous marine navigation experts of all time and saves countless lives as a result of his work No better book can be given to a young person who shows real intellectual potential, especially in math and science.

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    Loved it I was supposed to be listening while I worked found a computer read version onlinecan t recommend that as the most aesthetically pleasing way to consume , but I didn t get much done because I was too gripped by the story Listened all the way through in one sitting.

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    This book is the verification that self education is very effective and as viable as any university ed Nathaniel Bowditch was a indentured servant apprentice accountant at the age of 12 after his mother and grandmother died His mathematical ed was so advanced that he needed no training in accounting in the boat supply warehouse He worked in the chandlery for 9 years In that time, he taught himself Latin so he could read Newton s Principia , French to be an interpreter at the conclusion of his apprenticeship, astronomy,and then while a 2nd mate on ships he studied Spanish, navigation, lunar sightings, discovered thousands of mathematical errors in Moore s navigation book the standard of the time, a book which led to the demise of uncountable sailors, including his 2 brothers and a bro in law and lost ships All of this while enduring the loss of loved ones at sea and at home.He eventually discovered a new way to sight the moon, even when it could not be seen, using a 3 star sighting around the moon, then he rewrote the navigational manual that is still used today.Wowser I would say that today s early education is lacking and the belief that one MUST go to university to get a higher education is a fallacy.