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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch Review by: David S.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is a narrative primarily about a young boy named Nathaniel Bowditch. Nathaniel grew up in the town of Salem and has an exceptional knack for math. As a child he was indentured to Ropes and Hodges Ship Chandlery for nine years where he becomes an excellent book keeper. He learns heaps of new things duryin his indenture including: learning to speak French and Latin, keeping detailed notebooks on subjects such as astronomy, and even writing his own almanac. He desires to go to Harvard but when his indenture is finally over he becomes a member of a ship and travels all over the world. On this ship he becomes the commander of a watch on deck and in his spare time studies and teaches the crew members useful math tricks. The book ends with Nat's fifth voyage which carries him into his early thirties.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is an extreely easy read. The characters are relatively simple and the plot easy to follow. It is written in a fairly large font and frequently has pictures that take up a half to two full pages. My favorite character from the book is a little girl named Elizabeth who sheds some light, figuratively speaking, on Nathaniel Bowditch which changes the way he handles situations with other people for the rest of his life. I would reccommend this book to anybody who desires a quick, easy, and pleasurable read.
Posted August 31, 2007
nothing but the best
I loved this book. My brother read this book a few years back then I had to read it for school, I loved it. I read it in a week. it was a fast even though I am the slowest reader. for you slow readers, this book is very quick.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2000
COMB a great book
I read this book for a school subject in the Total Language Plus program. My brother , my Dad, and I nicknamed it COMB, using the initials. COMB is a book that includes most of the details of Nat Bowditch's life. I was reluctant of reading this true story at first because I didn't like long books, but then I caught on because of the action and timeline . We liked this book because of the action and cool , neatly described characters . I think that people should read this good book that teaches lots of different subjects like math, navagating, and history. If you love pirate stories or non-violent action, this is the book for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2000
Carry On Mr. Bowditch
I really liked reading Carry on Mr. Bowditch. It taught me some ways of navigation, that math problems only have one answer, and some things that can happen on a sea voyage. I liked reading this book because it had adventure,and scary parts. I think others would like this book because I liked it and I don't even like reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.