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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch CD

By Jean Lee Latham
Read by Jim Weiss
Greathall Productions, Inc.

PO Box 5061
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is now available as an unabridged recording read by Jim Weiss running six and a half hours on six CDs. This Newbery-Award-winning book is a true story that begins in New England shortly after the American Revolution. At the age of twelve, Nathaniel Bowditch is taken out of the school he loves to become an indentured servant to Ropes and Hodges Ship Chandlery. However, this autodidactic young man cannot stop learning. During the next nine years, Nat teaches himself Latin (in order to read Newton's Principia), French, astronomy, and algebra, filling notebooks with everything he has learned. When his life becomes "becalmed" and seems to be going nowhere, Nat learns to "sail by ash breeze," a nautical term meaning to use oars when there is no wind. For Nat, this means working hard and persevering through trials to reach his goals. When the nine years of his indenture are over, Nat signs up as ship's clerk. On his first voyage, he discovers a new way to work lunars and teaches the entire crew to navigate. He goes on many voyages, always learning and teaching. Nat suffers many hardships in his life, but he always has plenty of encouraging and supportive friends. He discovers many errors in the "Sailor's Bible," Moore's Practical Navigator, so he decides to write his own book of navigation--with no errors in it and written clearly enough so that the simplest sailor can understand it. His finished book is called American Practical Navigator and is still used today.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is an inspiring book about overcoming obstacles through hard work and perseverance. Nat's hunger for knowledge and his determination to learn despite his limited resources will especially inspire and encourage homeschooling families. Adventure, romance, and history combine to make this a book your whole family will love.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is one of Jim Weiss's best readings. His excellent interpretation combined with our love of this inspirational story make this one of our family's favorite audio books.

Product review by Heather and Rebekah Jackowitz, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, June, 2010

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