Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

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Annotation: A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.
Catalog Number: #46401
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1955
Edition Date: 2003
Illustrator: Cosgrave, John O'Hara,
Pages: 251 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-25074-3 Perma-Bound: 0-8479-0361-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-25074-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8479-0361-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 55005219
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Subject Heading:
Navigation. Fiction.
Language: English
Horn Book
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.
Publishers Weekly
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.
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Word Count: 56,714
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 16 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.1 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q01865
Lexile: 570L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Readers today are still fascinated by Nat, an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor s worldSalem 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."

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