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  • Paperback
  • 251 pages
  • Carry On, Mr Bowditch
  • Jean Lee Latham
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
  • 9780618250745

Carry On, Mr Bowditch❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Carry On, Mr Bowditch ❤ Author Jean Lee Latham – Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenthcentury nautical wonder and mathematical wizard Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tallmaste Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenthcentury nautical wonder and mathematical wizard Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tallmasted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was Carry On, eBook ¼ 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.

About the Author: Jean Lee Latham

Born on April th, Jean Lee Latham grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she wrote plays and operated the county newspaper’s linotype machine She earned a master’s degree at Cornell University While completing her degree, Ms Latham taught English, history, and Carry On, eBook ¼ drama at IthacaOnce she graduated, she became editor in chief of the Dramatic Publi.

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.

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    *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.

  4. says:

    (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 more 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 more 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 more about Nat Bowditch, but otherwise, it’s not really worth the read.

    3.5 stars

    ~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    a classic. <3

  7. says:

    Carry On Mr. Bowditch has been a huge part of my life since childhood, though I didn't fully appreciate it till I reread it as a teenager. For me, it’s one of those books that is so wonderful and beloved that it’s an impossible task to write a review that captures the book or does it justice. But I’m going to try, and hopefully my review will be adequate and worthy.

    When Nat Bowditch is forced to quit school at age 12, he thinks his life and dreams are over. He’ll never be able to make something of himself, attend Harvard, or become a mathematician and scholar like he wants to be. But he refuses to give up or give in. He keeps working hard to learn, grow, and better himself--somehow, some way--with the help of people who support him in his endeavors along the way.

    From boyhood to young manhood, Nat faces great tragedy and adversity, but through it all, he chooses to keep his hope and determination, to keep going through it all. Eventually, he reaches his new goals and dreams. They are not the same ones he dreamed as a boy, but they’re not so different, either. And they may be higher and better things than he ever could have imagined.

    Carry On Mr. Bowditch is the true story of a quiet but fiery American hero, who saved countless lives and changed the world by revolutionizing navigation and sailing. His exceptional intelligence and immense skill with mathematics--and his hard work, determination, and grit--enabled him to succeed in creating scientific innovations other mathematicians had tried and failed to reach for hundreds of years. He reached this achievement as a young man, but his hard work from boyhood prepared him to succeed.

    Jean Lee Latham’s fictionalized biography of Nathaniel Bowditch accurately captures the story, character, and humanity of the real Mr. Bowditch, with heart, humor, powerful depth, and quality writing. Carry On Mr. Bowditch is an engaging nautical adventure, with a gentle but steady pace, interspersed with laughter and exciting anecdotes.

    The skilled, understated writing conveys Nat’s emotions with subtle power as he goes through hardship, and the author captures his bright and strong spirit. The real Nat’s personality, good nature, liveliness, strong moral character, values, and relationships are accurately and touchingly portrayed. Nat Bowditch himself steals the show for me, but I also love the fascinating, endearing portrayal of his interactions and bonds with the people close to him, including his family--especially his sisters and wife--his mentors, and the rough sailors he inspired with his leadership, as their teacher, and later as their captain.

    The story of Nathaniel Bowditch inspires and challenges me to pursue my dreams with dedication and hard work, to do everything with excellence and passion, and to strive to be kind, patient, and loving towards everyone I meet, even when we all sometimes fail. Nat’s temper might blaze suddenly despite his good nature, but he always strives to overcome it--and most of the time, he uses his kindness, heart, and generous nature to understand and care about others.

    I admire how Nat used his intelligence and skill with mathematics--and with people--to give back to others in return for the help and support he received from successful people as he grew up. He spent hours, days, and years of his life teaching others what he’d learned himself. Even though he was one of the most brilliant people who ever lived, he cared enough to teach mathematics and navigation to sailors who couldn’t do more than add and subtract on their fingers, purely to give them the chance of gaining a better position in life--the same chance Nat was given by people who helped him. While teaching them mathematics, he taught them to believe in themselves and not give up. And he didn’t stop there--he worked longer and harder to write a book teaching navigation to any sailor who wanted to learn--a book which was vital and revolutionary in Nat’s time and which has been the worldwide authority on navigation ever since. Sailing was dangerous and claimed countless lives. Nathaniel Bowditch’s American Practical Navigator made sailing infinitely safer. It’s simple, clear, and accurate--and better than any book written by centuries of famous scientists. And it includes a revolutionary discovery he made on his first sea voyage as a young man. Nat spent months eradicating the numerical errors contained in every other book, errors that meant life and death for the men who relied on them. He worked tirelessly for years to write his book, fueled by passion and drive to save lives, even when everyone he knew thought he was crazy and believed no one could improve sailing or make it safer. This was the culmination of his achievements in navigation, though not in science and mathematics--he continued to study and achieve his entire life.

    I relate strongly to Nat’s experience of having my life, future, and dreams destroyed at a young age. I aspire to his refusal to give in and his drive to pursue and achieve goals that should be impossible, both for someone in a situation of unique hardship and for everyone else in the world. Nat Bowditch inspires me to hard work, determination, a fiery spirit, and unquenchable hope. He shows me that I’m not crazy for striving to reach dreams deemed unattainable by the rest of the world--or rather, we’re both crazy in just the right way.

    Carry On Mr. Bowditch is a fabulous read for readers interested in historical fiction, sweet families, charismatic protagonists, and seafaring adventures. Though it’s written at a middle grade reading level, it can be enjoyed by all ages. It follows Nat into early adulthood, and it has depth, thoughtful themes, and fascinating story and characters that will appeal to adults as well. Readers young and old will be impacted and inspired by Nat Bowditch’s story.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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.
    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.

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