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Carry on, Mr. Bowditch / Jean Lee Latham ; illustrated by John O'Hara Cosgrave, II.

By: Latham, Jean Lee.
Contributor(s): Cosgrave, John O'Hara, 1908-1968 [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1955Description: 251 p. : illus. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0395137136 (Sandpiper ed.); 9780395137130 (Sandpiper ed.).Subject(s): Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838 -- Juvenile fiction | Inventors -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Sailors -- United States -- Biography | Nautical charts -- History | Aids to navigation -- Juvenile literature | Seafaring life -- Juvenile literature | Salem (Mass.) -- History -- 18th century -- FictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Carry on, Mr. Bowditch.DDC classification: [Fic]
Contents:
Good-luck spell -- Privateers -- Word from the pilgrim -- "Boys don't blubber" -- Voice in the night -- "Sail by ash breeze!" -- Almanac -- "Lock, stock, and bookkeeper" -- Anchor to windward -- Freedom -- What next? -- Down to the sea -- Discovery -- Nineteen guns -- "Sail Ho-O-O-O-O!" -- Simple matter of mathematics -- Lunars and moonlight -- Astrea to the rescue -- Strange sailing orders -- Book sailing -- "Sealing is safer" -- Science and sumatra -- Captain Bowditch commanding -- Man against the fog.
Awards: Newbery Medal, 1956.Summary: 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."
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Good-luck spell -- Privateers -- Word from the pilgrim -- "Boys don't blubber" -- Voice in the night -- "Sail by ash breeze!" -- Almanac -- "Lock, stock, and bookkeeper" -- Anchor to windward -- Freedom -- What next? -- Down to the sea -- Discovery -- Nineteen guns -- "Sail Ho-O-O-O-O!" -- Simple matter of mathematics -- Lunars and moonlight -- Astrea to the rescue -- Strange sailing orders -- Book sailing -- "Sealing is safer" -- Science and sumatra -- Captain Bowditch commanding -- Man against the fog.

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."

Newbery Medal, 1956.

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Gr 4-7-Jean Lee Latham's winner of the 1956 Newbery Award is the fictionalized biography of mathematician and astronomer Nathaniel Bowditch. This coming-of-age story takes place in the budding seaport of Salem in the late 18th century. At the age of 12, Nat, who was more interested in mathematics than the sea, was apprenticed to a ship's chandlery and had to forego his dream of attaining a Harvard education. After devoting himself to long hours of study, the boy learned all he could about mathematics and navigation, and after a handful of experiences as a navigator and then ship's Captain on a series of voyages, he wrote The American Practical Navigator, or "Sailors' Bible," in 1802 which is considered the definitive work on navigation and is still carried today on every commissioned vessel in the United States Navy. Jim Weiss brings this tale to life, adding just enough nuance in his voice to engage listeners who may not otherwise grasp the myriad details of life at sea or some of the more complex nautical terminology and metaphors used in the book. This inspiring and timeless tale will appeal to listeners who enjoy history and stories about the sea. For school and public libraries.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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