Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Audiobook CD - 2009
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After finding a way to teach the ship's crew members to understand navigation, Nat, a self-taught mathematician and astronomer in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, writes down his explanations and compiles them into "The American Practical Navigator," also known as the "Sailors' Bible."
Publisher: [Charlottesville, Va.] : Greathall Productions, p2009
ISBN: 9781882513628
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Weiss, Jim
Alternative Title: Carry on, Mister Bowditch


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Dec 12, 2012

Because this biography is geared toward young readers, the writing is simple and straightforward. The story itself is the "pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps" account of Nat Bowditch, whose family's financial situation required him to stop his formal education after fifth grade and become an indentured servant. But Nat, who loved math, itched for knowledge and possessed the determination to teach himself what he was prevented from learning in a formal setting, becomes the late 18th century's foremost ocean navigator. His book, "The New American Practical Navigator," is still in use today. Inspiring.

Mar 04, 2012

This is one of the best audio books for elementary school kids. The reader does an amazing job of bringing the story to life and the book provides great insights into life in 18th century America. The story emphasizes the transformative power of education. I highly recommend this!


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